2020 Jazz Fest Press Release

The University of Louisville School of Music will sponsor Jazz Fest 2020from Feb. 20-22 on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville.  This three-day celebration of America's indigenous musical art form is being presented by the Jazz Studies Program of the U ofL School of Music.  Featured throughout the week will be concerts, clinics, lectures, and workshops with members of the U of L Jazz Faculty, U of L students, and area high school and college students, as well as guest artists. 

Jazz Fest, the region's premier jazz educational and performance event, will present a diverse program with international, national, and regional jazz talent.  Featured artists include – Trombonist and composer Tom Garling and pianist Aaron Goldberg; guest adjudicators Don Aliquo (saxophone), Bob Lark (trumpet), David Nearpass (trombone), and Ryan McGillicuddy (bass), as well as our own UofL Jazz Ensembles. 

This event is a part of U of L's celebration of diversity, and it appropriately occurs during the month of February when the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history are celebrated.  The musical art of jazz is recognized as having evolved out of the culture of African-Americans near the turn of the century.  Nightly concerts will be held at the School of Music beginning at 8:00 PM Thursday through 8:00 PM Saturday.  Visiting student groups will perform throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.  Jazz Fest 2020 will open at 8:00 PM on Thursday evening with the U ofL Repertory Ensembles, continue on Friday at 8:00 PM with Tom Garling with U ofL Jazz Ensemble I, and close with a concert by Aaron Goldberg with the faculty jazz rhythm section and the Invitational Honor Jazz Band directed by Gabe Evens with guest artist Jamey Aebersold on Saturday at 8:00 PM.  Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID for the Friday and Saturday concerts and $10 for adults and $5 for students for the Thursday concert. Tickets for all of the concerts will be available from the U of L School of Music and may be reserved by phoning (502) 852-6907.  For ticket and additional information visit www.jazz.louisville.edu.   

Renowned jazz educator JAMEY AEBERSOLD (improvisation), GARLING (Trombone), and GOLDBERG (trumpet) as well as the U of L JAZZ FACULTY (Ansyn Banks, Chris Fitzgerald, Gabe Evens, Mike Hyman, Mike Tracy, Jerry Tolson, and Craig Wagner) will be presenting clinics on Friday and Saturday. 

 Concert and Ticket information 

THURSDAY, Feb 20 8:00 PM U ofL Repertory Jazz Ensembles ($10/$5)

FRIDAY, Feb 21 8:00 PM TOM GARLING and U ofL Jazz Ensemble I ($15/$5)

SATURDAY, Feb 22 8:00 PM AARON GOLDBERG, Invitational Honor Jazz Band with Jamey Aebersold, and Faculty Jazz Rhythm Section ($15/$5)


Visiting artist concerts will be at the School of Music in Comstock Concert Hall

University and visiting student groups will perform on Friday and Saturday.


For tickets and additional information call (502) 852-6907 or

Visit our web site www.jazz.louisville.edu and then click on 2020 Jazz Fest. 


Credit cards are welcome.




Festival Director:

Mike Tracy. (502) 852-6032 (miketracy@louisville.edu)

Festival Coordinator:

Jerry Tolson, (502) 852-6972 (jerry.tolson@louisville.edu)