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University of Louisville Jazz Festival 2013

September 6, 2012

Dear Jazz Director;


We would like to take this opportunity to extend a special invitation to you and your jazz ensemble, vocal jazzJazzFest_Flyer_c.jpg

ensemble, and/or combo to be a part of the University of Louisville Jazz Festival, Friday and/or Saturday, February

22-23, 2013. This invitation-only festival will be the culmination of a multiple-day celebration of jazz here on the

University of Louisville campus. While we would prefer to schedule college big bands, combos, and vocal groups

on Friday with high school and middle school instrumental and vocal ensembles on Saturday, if your schedule

makes it possible to only attend on the alternate day, please feel free to enter your group.

Events during the rest of the week will include lectures, presentations, videos, performances by University and area

jazz ensembles, combo performances, and other special events to celebrate America's indigenous music. The series

of jazz events is a part of the University's diversity celebration and its observance of African American History

month. We have a jam-packed schedule of events throughout the final days of the celebration that promises to be

well rewarding for you and your group. Even if you do not wish to perform, please consider bringing your group to



Among this year's guest performing artists for the Festival will be the Amina Figarova Sextet (Feb 22)

(, and Terell Stafford and Dick Oatt  (Feb 23).  There will also be a performance on Thursday evening, Feb 21, by the

U of L Alumni Jazz Band. Please visit our web site at for more information. Each participating

ensemble will have a 25-30 minute performance clinic with our festival adjudication staff. Ensembles will receive

citations for outstanding, excellent, and good performances. Outstanding performer awards will be presented to

individuals as determined by the judging staff. In addition, each participating group will receive a CD recording of

their performance. Scholarship awards to the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camp, which is held annually on the

U of L campus, will be made to individual outstanding performers. Other activities on Friday and Saturday will

include clinics by our guest artists, festival adjudicators, Jamey Aebersold, and U of L faculty as well as concerts

featuring the University of Louisville Jazz Ensembles and our featured artists.


The U of L Jazz Festival is also an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in attending the University

to audition for music scholarships and activity awards and to tour the campus. If you have students who are

interested in auditioning, please note that on the enclosed entry form. The University jazz program is a very active

program with a renowned faculty. The U of L jazz faculty includes Mike Tracy, director of jazz studies,

internationally known composer John LaBarbera, trumpeter Ansyn Banks, pianist Jim Connerley,

saxophonist/vocalist Jerry Tolson, bassist Tyrone Wheeler, bassist/pianist Chris Fitzgerald, guitarist Craig Wagner,

and percussionist Jason Tiemann. The U of L jazz program includes big bands, 6 combos, Brazilian Ensemble,

Contemporary Ensemble, Hard Bop Ensemble, and courses in jazz theory, improvisation, composition and

arranging, jazz style and history, music technology, film scoring, music industry, and jazz pedagogy. We offer both

bachelors and masters degrees in jazz studies.


A limited number of performance slots are available. To assure your spot, please fill out the enclosed entry form

and return it with your registration fee ($175 for jazz ensembles; $125 for jazz combos and vocal groups) by January

21, 2013. Registration forms may also be downloaded from our web site, Registrations will not

be complete until the registration fee has been received. We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you

on February 22nd or 23rd.


Jerry Tolson                                  Ansyn Banks                                Mike Tracy

Festival Director                         Associate Festival                      Director Director, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program  


2013 Jazz Fest Program 

2013 Jazz Fest Press Release

2013 Jazz Fest Schedule


University of Louisville Jazz Festival Entry Form


2013 Jazz Fest Adjudicator  

2013 Jazz Fest 
February 22, 2013
Amina Figarova Sextet
Comstock Concert Hall 8:00
General Admission $15/Students with ID $5
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2013 Jazz Fest 
February 23, 2013 
Dick Oatts – saxophone and Joe Magnarelli – trumpet 
Comstock Concert Hall 8:00 
General Admission $15 /
Students with ID $5

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2013 Jazz Fest 
February 24, 2013 
Aaron Goldberg /Zach Brock Project
Bird Recital Hall 3:00 
General Admission $15/Students with ID $5

Aaron Goldberg.jpg        Zach Brock.jpg


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