The annual Illinois State University Jazz Festival is the highlight of the year for jazz on campus. In addition to a competition between numerous high school and Jr. High jazz ensembles, the festival features two evening showings of a collaborative performance by ISU Jazz Ensembles with a renowned guest artist. The 2017 festival will be held April 7-8 in ISU’s Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s guest artist will be announced in the fall. Past guests have included Randy Brecker, Marshall Gilkes, Dave Pietro, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Wiest, Ernie Watts, Eric Marienthal, Marvin Stamm, John Fedchock, Byron Stripling, Denis DiBlasio, Benny Golson, Bobby Shew, John Scofield, Brandford Marsalis, and Count Basie.
April 7 & 8, 2017
The contest will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 7-8.