MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival

Individual Registration Form Here (Registration Closed for 2018)

MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival 2018

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Dear Jazz Education Colleagues,

I am writing to invite you and your students to the 2018 MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, Saturday, March 17.  We are very excited about offering a high quality educational experience to the students of Middle Tennessee.  As the jazz festival continues to grow, we want even more students to take advantage of this special opportunity!  The festival will be held in the Wright Music Building, 1439 Faulkinberry Drive, on the MTSU campus. Parking is free in lots adjacent to the School of Music.

We offer a unique approach to jazz education, providing participating students with an individual focus on jazz styles and improvisation. The day includes sessions geared toward improvisation, a master class with our faculty, and a concert by participants in the late afternoon directed by our faculty.  The Jacquet festival is of great value to students seeking to explore jazz or improve their skills.  We welcome entire ensembles to participate a day-long clinic, or individual students may attend and play in a combo coached by a faculty member or area professional.  The cost for individual students is $20, the group/ensemble rate is $200.  This includes a pizza lunch and tickets to the evening concert at 7:30pm.

Registration is at (Closed for 2018)

Our featured guest artists are drummer MATT WILSON, one of the trend-setters in contemporary jazz, and GARY WITTNER, an internationally known guitarist and specialist in the music of Thelonious Monk. For more information on these artists, visit:  and  for more information on these great artists. The festival is presented with the support of the Illinois Jacquet Foundation, created to perpetually honor the memory of the great saxophonist and bandleader who came to fame with the Count Basie and Lionel Hampton orchestras of the 1940s.

The following is the Jazz Festival schedule: 


Registration/check in/welcome in Hinton Hall

9:00 - 10:15 

Jazz style and combo/improvisation session #1

10:20 - 11:30

Jazz clinic with the MTSU jazz faculty

12:00 – 12:30

Pizza lunch and Jazz Ensemble II concert with guest guitarist Gary Wittner

12:30 – 2:00

Combo/improvisation session #2

2:10 - 3:10

Matt Wilson jazz clinic

4:00 – 5:00

Student participants combo and/or ensemble concert


Concert by the MTSU Faculty Jazztet and Jazz Ensemble I with guest artist Matt Wilson

Please contact me via Email ( or telephone (615.898.7724) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

Jamey Simmons
Director of Jazz Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
School of Music
615 898 2724