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 2019 festival will feature Grammy nominated composer Chuck Owen and saxophone virtuoso Jack Wilkins. Past guests have included Dennis Mackrel, 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.
Beginning with the 2019 festival, entry fees INCLUDE complementary tickets to the evening concerts!
April 12 & 13, 2019
The contest will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13.