2017 Jazz Festival

FEBRUARY 23-25, 2017

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 adjudicator/clinicians. 

This year will be the 55th 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.

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Nick Finzer

This year’s festival will feature talented trombonist-composer, Nick Finzer. Nick is quickly becoming one of the most in demand trombonists and band leaders in NYC and has been extremely active as an educator and clinician. He holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School and recently served as Visiting Professor of Jazz Trombone at Florida State University, 2014-2016. His recent recording as a leader, The Chase has received critical acclaim, rising to number six in JazzWeek chart and he is currently preparing for the release of his latest record, Hear and Now in early 2017. [Biography.] [Website]

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.