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 junior high jazz ensembles, the festival features two evening showings of a collaborative performance by ISU Jazz Ensembles with a renowned guest artist. The 2018 festival will feature drummer and composer Dennis Mackrel. Past guests have included Dick Oatts, 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 13 & 14, 2018
The contest will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14.