2015 Jazz Festival

FEBRUARY 26-28, 2015 

The NAU Jazz Festival is a non-competitive arena for middle school, high school, and junior college musicians. This type of festival creates a relaxed atmosphere that promotes education as opposed to competition. Big bands and combos perform for adjudicators to receive ratings and/or comments. Following the performances each ensemble will participate in feedback clinics with one of our esteemed adjudicators. 

This year will be the 52nd annual NAU Jazz Festival. Approximately 60 bands will perform in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium over the 3 days of the festival. Participating band performances and scheduled clinics are free and open to the public. Please join us in supporting the talented students attending and performing at the festival.

Jeremy Pelt

This year’s featured guest artist NYC-based trumpeter, Jeremy Pelt.  Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre's greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson, and The Skatalites, to name a few.

Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.

Pelt's recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt is currently touring throughout the United States and Europe in support of his latest release, Water and Earth (High Note Records, January 2013). Additional information can be found at Jeremy’s website; jeremypelt.net

Jeremy Pelt will give a free open clinic on Friday, February 27 at 12:30 pm in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. Our Guest Artist Concert will be Friday, February 27 at 8pm featuring Jeremy Pelt with NAU Jazz Ensemble One in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.

Tickets are available through the Central Ticket Office.

$15 students/$20 adults in advance or $20/$25 at the door. 
Local Phone: 928-523-5661
Toll Free: 888-520-7214

Find our more about Jeremy Pelt here  http://jeremypelt.net/

We are pleased to announce that this year’s adjudicators will be Jim Cooper (MI), Fred Forney (AZ), Dom Moio (AZ), Tom Peterson (CA), David Valdez (OR), and Raul Yanez (AZ).

For more information about the festival please contact NAU Jazz Studies at 928-523-3779 or email Jazz.Studies@nau.edu

The linked schedule (above) outlines participating band performances, guest artist masterclass, and clinics with NAU Music faculty. All previously mentioned events are free and open to the public.