Jazz Fest


Friday & Saturday April 7 & 8, 2017

We are excited to announce that for the 2017 UMM Jazz Festival we will be presenting a tribute to legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Information about the guest artists, schedules, and registration will be posted soon.


The University of Minnesota Morris Jazz Fest boasts a long-standing tradition of excellence in both the daytime educational activates and the high-quality nightly performances. Dating back to 1978, the UMM Jazz Fest is one of the longest continuously occurring annual high school jazz festivals. The Jazz Fest consists of two parts. Each day from 9 a.m.—4 p.m. high school jazz ensembles perform and participate in rehearsal style clinics with the Jazz Fest guest artists. The high school performances are non-competitive, and each ensemble receives a certificate of participation, a video of their performance and comment sheets. The second part of the Jazz Fest takes place in the evening where the UMM Jazz Ensembles perform with the guest artists as soloists, in an evening concert.

This year at the UMM Jazz Fest we are excited to present a tribute to the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As always, the emphasis of this year’s Jazz Fest will be on providing an exceptional learning opportunities and performing experiences for high school and college music students. The guest artists will be working with the bands, presenting educational clinics, and performing with UMM's Jazz Ensembles at evening concerts.

For further information please contact Jonathan Campbell at jmcampbe@morris.umn.edu