MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival

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TO: Middle Tennessee High School & Middle School Band Directors 

I am writing to invite you and your students to the 2020 MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival,  Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21.  We are very excited about offering this unique and high quality educational experience to the directors and students of Middle Tennessee. As our jazz festival continues to grow, we want even more students and directors to take advantage of this special opportunity. The festival takes place in the Wright Music Building, 1439 Faulkinberry Drive, on the MTSU campus, parking is free in lots adjacent to the School of Music.

The Jacquet festival offers students and directors a great opportunity to explore jazz or improve their skills. The festival provides participating students and directors with an individual focus, with sessions on improvisation, small groups, master classes with our faculty and guest artists, and a concert by participants in the late afternoon led by our faculty. We invite combos and big bands to participate in a non-competitive clinic or individual high school students to attend and play in a combo coached by an MTSU faculty member. 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 this site: . The registration deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.

Our featured guest artists are:

  • Downbeat-Award Winning Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan ( with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, and The Faculty Jazztet. Headline concert, Saturday March 21st, 7:30 p.m., Hinton Hall.
  • Nashville Tenor Saxophonist Cord Martin ( with The MTSU Faculty Jazztet. Friday, March 20th, 7:30 p.m., Hinton Hall 

The festival is presented with the support of the Illinois Jacquet Foundation, created to honor the memory of Illinois Jacquet, the great tenor saxophonist and bandleader who came to fame with the Count Basie and Lionel Hampton orchestras of the 1940s.

Please contact me via Email ( or telephone (615.898.2724) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you and your students at the MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival!

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