IWU Jazz Festival

44th Annual IWU Jazz Festival 

Illinois Wesleyan University – Presser Hall
Bloomington, IL
Friday, Saturday, February 1,2  2019

Guest Artists/Adjudicators

Tim Pitchford – Trombone – former IWU director, Atlanta School for the Arts
Chip Stephens – Piano – University of Illinois
Matt Endres- Drums – University of Wisconsin
Robert Sears – Trumpet – IWU
Jeff Halsey – Bass -Bowing Green University
More to Come!!!

We are, again, having our adjudicators perform on the concert and they will be conducting masterclasses, as well as performing, in the days leading up to the Festival,  at various venues in the area, including community centers and public schools.


The IWU Jazz Festival is a non-competitive “comments-only” festival which has been celebrated for decades as the starting point of the jazz season for Illinois high school and junior high school jazz groups. Now including vocal jazz groups, this is a great chance to get comments and feedback from our expert jazz adjudicators and get your ensembles inspired for the upcoming Jazz season. Each group receives a 20 minute clinic from one of our adjudicators. The festival features an afternoon performance by the IWU Jazz Ensemble and Unlicensed Syncopation, along with our guest artists and adjudicators. The concert is followed by breakout master classes on each instrument, before resuming the group performances/clinics. It’s a great day of jazz education for students and directors alike, and we hope to see your and your groups there.


Questions? Contact Glenn Wilson (IWU Jazz Director) – gwilson@iwu.edu



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