NAU Jazz Festival 2022
February 24-26, 2022
The 60th annual NAU Jazz Festival will feature world-class guest artists, clinicians, NAU faculty masterclasses, and many talented participating bands from throughout the region. The festival is a non-competitive forum where high school and junior high bands perform for a panel of esteemed adjudicators, receiving ratings, comments, recordings, and clinics.
There will be NAU faculty masterclasses, performances, and clinics offered throughout the festival in addition to our featured Guest Artist Concert on Friday, February 25th at 8pm in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.
The NAU Jazz Festival is an ABODA sanctioned festival for middle school, high school, and community colleges. Our festival is a non-competitive setting, focused on a positive performance and educational experience. Big bands and combos perform for three adjudicators to receive ratings and comments. Following the performances each group participates in a clinic with one of our esteemed adjudicator/clinicians. Directors will receive written comments as well as recordings of both their band’s performance and adjudicator comments.
We are happy to announce our 2022 guest artist: saxophonist and composer/arranger, Remy Le Boeuf. Remy is widely recognized as one of the most prominent voices of his generation in jazz and new music. He has received multiple Grammy nominations for his work as a performer and composer and regularly collaborates with world-class artists such as Aaron Parks, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Linda Oh, HAIM, Knower, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He is the founder and director of the Assembly of Shadows Jazz Orchestra and has received commissions and awards from SFJAZZ, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the ASCAP Foundation amongst many others.
Remy Le Boeuf will present a general masterclass on Friday, February 25th at 1:00pm in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. Our Guest Artist Concert will also be Friday, February 25th at 8pm featuring Remy Le Boeuf with a combined adjudicator/faculty group, and NAU Jazz Ensemble One. Tickets will be available starting in early January through the NAU Central Ticket Office at (888) 520-7214.
The registration form is below. Please submit your form and payment by the due date of Friday, February 4, 2022. Please Note: changes for 2022 allow registration for groups of any level for any day. Groups will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. Specific scheduling requests will be accommodated as possible but cannot be guaranteed.