JAZZ

2019 Western Illinois University Jazz Festival

 

Andy MartinThe 46th Annual Western Illinois University Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, 2019.

Friday’s main event will be concerts by the WIU Jazz Band and Jazz Studio Orchestra  featuring Andy Martin, Trombone virtuoso.  Saturday will feature performances by college, high school, and junior high students.

Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene. As an instructor, Martin has influenced countless young players. He has appeared at many colleges and universities throughout the country as a guest artist and clinician.

A world-class jazz musician, Martin is featured as leader or co-leader on twelve albums. These albums showcase his collaboration with other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Martin had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis, and was the featured soloist on many of Vic’s CDs.

Martin is well known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in L.A. Martin is the lead trombonist and featured soloist with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the lead trombonist and soloist for The Tom Kubis Band, and was a featured soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band for 15 years. He has appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, and Sammy Nestico, among others.


Public $15; Senior Citizen $10; Youth $7; WIU Student FREE with valid University ID. Tickets available at the Hainline Box Office and at the event.  The Friday night concert featuring the WIU Jazz Band and WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra with special guest Andy Martin will be held in the COFAC Recital Hall at 7:30 pm.  Saturday's concert will be in the COFAC Recital Hall at 3:00 pm.

And, on Saturday, we expect our lineup for middle/junior high, senior high, and college jazz bands to be outstanding, as usual. Our guest artist/clinician will again perform with JSO on Saturday afternoon.  Live streamed events can be viewed on the Western Illinois University Youtube Channel.

For band directors, check the links on this site for Jazz Festival materials (invitation, flyer, schedule, entry form, concert ticket form, and lodging information). Early registration deadline for entries is December 1st, and after that date, it will be at the higher rate.

For additional information about the Festival, please contact: University Bands, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455; PH 309-298-1505; Fax 309-298-1499; or e-mail jazz@wiu.edu.

For the general public who wish to attend, Friday night concert tickets are available at: Hainline Theatre Box Office, Browne Hall 114, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb IL 61455; PH 309/298-2900. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 12:00-5:00 P.M.

Hope to see you all there!

John Cooper, Ph.D
Director of Jazz Studies
Western Illinois University

For more information, please contact to WIU Bands Office, Phone (309) 298-1505, or Email to JB-Cooper@wiu.edu