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39th Annual Jazz Festival

Thursday, March 31 to Sunday, April 3


  • Ohio State Jazz Ensemble on March 31

From bebop to tango, and beyond:

The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kristopher Keith, opens the 39th Annual Ohio State Jazz Festival with a diverse program of music from the Americas and the Caribbean featuring the School of Music's audio engineer, Mark Rubinstein, on accordion as guest performing artist. Join us for this special musical journey with selections including music by Astro Piazzola (Argentina), a selection from the Mario Bauzá Big Band (Cuba); the always-powerful music of Pat Matheny and Lyle Mays; unique arrangements of several well-known American bebop and swing classics by Alan Baylock, Matt Catingub and John Clayton, as well as a world premiere arrangement of A. C. Jobim's "Wave" (Brazil) by the Jazz Ensemble's very own lead alto saxophonist, Colin Wood.

  • Faculty: The Ohio Jaztet on April 1

Comprised of jazz faculty members Shawn "Thunder" Wallace, saxophone and flute; Anthony Stanco, trumpet; Kevin Turner, guitar; Andy Woodson, bass and Jim Rupp, drums, The Ohio Jaztet will present progressive arrangements and original charts.

  • College Jazz Band Day on April 2

A college jazz band invitational featuring all Ohio State jazz combos, the Jazz Lab Ensemble, the Jazz Workshop Ensemble and guests.

  • Jazz Festival Headliner: Quamon Fowler, saxophone on April 2

Texas saxophonist Quamon Fowler, artist-in-residence, will be featured with The Ohio Jaztet for an evening of virtuosic and soulful jazz. Program selections from Fowler's own compositions - "Everything's Alright," "Li'l Q," "Mr. Keen," "Steppin' On" and "Texas Swagger" - as well as jazz standards.

  • High School Jazz Band Day on April 3

Ohio State Jazz Studies welcomes high school jazz bands from Ohio and beyond. Bands present short performances for comments and receive an individualized private mini-clinic. The Ohio Jaztet will conclude the day with a short performance.

See the School of Music for more information. All events are free and open to the public.