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Jazz Festival

Celebrating over 40 years of TCU Jazz

The annual TCU Jazz Festival has become one of the most prestigious festivals in the state, connecting high school and middle school jazz ensembles with guest artists and TCU’s jazz faculty. Since its inception in 1978, the event has attracted more than 20,000 talented high school players. In addition, bands have attended the TCU Jazz Festival from as far away as Oklahoma, Tennessee, Iowa, and Hawaii.

The TCU Jazz Ensembles have appeared in concert with such notable international jazz artists as Duffy Jackson, John Fedchock, Joey DeFrancesco, Paquito D’Rivera, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Hank Levy, Don Menza, Urbie Green, Mike Vax, Ed Shaughnessy, Pete Christlieb, Ashley Alexander, Frank Mantooth, Roger Pemberton, Roy Hargrove, Willie Thomas, Carl Fontana, Jon Faddis, Shelton Berg, Rich Matteson, Leon Breeden, Patrick Williams, Marvin Stamm, Onzie Matthews, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Bozzio, Will Calhoun, Dom Famulara, Chester Thompson, Tony Campisi, Peanuts Hucko, the Hal Galper Trio, Chris Vadala, Conte Candoli, Vince DiMartino, Bill Watrous, Dave Pietro, Allen Vizzutti, Carl Saunders, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Joe Eckert, SMSGT Joe Jackson, The Four Freshmen, Howard Johnson, Morris Repass, Mario Cruz and Alex Iles.

 

2022 Jazz Festival

The TCU School of Music and Department of Jazz Studies is proud to announce the TCU Jazz Festival is back after two long years! Please join us March 18-19, 2022 and hear legendary bassist, Rufus Reid.

Rufus Reid, one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition.  Rufus Reid is equally known as an exceptional educator. Dr. Martin Krivin and Reid created the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University.  Reid retired after 20 years, but continues to teach, conducting Master Classes, workshops, and residencies around the world. Find out more at rufusreid.com.

The Friday evening concert will feature the TCU Jazz Faculty with our very special guest artist and bassist, Rufus Reid.  Mr. Reid will also perform on Saturday evening with the TCU Jazz Ensemble.

*The traditionally live high school contest performances will be held virtually in 2022.

For further information, contact:
Joe Eckert
Director of Jazz Studies
817-257-5576
j.eckert@tcu.edu
817-257-5576