Academics

Jazz Festival

For three decades the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University, with funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts, has sponsored what has become Mississippi's longest-running and most prestigious jazz festival. The day-long festival features performances by some of the most outstanding professional jazz musicians and university, college and secondary school jazz ensembles from throughout the United States. Highlights of the festival are the afternoon workshops and evening concerts by some of the world's greatest jazz artists.

35th Annual

Alcorn State University
Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg, MS

Dr. David C. Miller, Director

Arturo Sandoval2

Arturo Sandoval, 2014 Guest Artist

All-Day Event - Free - Public Invited

9:00 am - 3:30 pm: Performances by High School and University Jazz Ensembles (Convention Center)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Workshop with Festival Artists (Convention Center)

7:00 pm - 7:50 pm: Performance by Mississippi Jazz Educators (Convention Center)
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Arturo Sandoval (Convention Center)

Now in its 34th year, the Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival is a masterpiece rich in tradition and talent. Jazz masters like Clark Terry, Max Roach, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Louie Bellson, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, and Stanley Turrentine have graced the stage of this free event throughout its history, establishing the ASU Jazz Festival as a true gem and premier jazz event in the region.

The 34th Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014. High school and college bands from around the Southeast will perform in the morning and afternoon. An Arturo Sandoval workshop with featured artists will take place in the afternoon at 4:00 pm. A Mississippi Jazz Educator's concert will take place at 7:00 pm and the featured Arturo Sandoval Group will perform at 8:00 pm. Festival activities will occur in the expansive and modern Vicksburg Convention Center, just above the scenic Mississippi River in the heart of picturesque downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi (map).

We look forward to having you at this exciting edition of the Annual ASU Jazzfest, the longest-running and most successful all-jazz festival in the region, featuring outstanding performances by student groups, an educational workshop, and performances by some of the most notable jazz greats in the world.

The jazz festival is funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ASU Jazz Festival Application

Contact Information

For more information about the Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival, please contact:

See a review of the 24th Annual Jazzfest featuring the Yellowjackets at: http://www.jazzreview.com/concert-reviews/yellowjackets-buzz-at-asu-festival.html

Also listen to the MPB radio broadcast about the Thirtieth Anniversary Alcorn State University Jazz Festival with Dr. David Miller, Festival Director on Mississippi Arts Hour (aired April 11, 2010 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting) available on the MAC website: http://www.arts.state.ms.us/podcast/mp3/2010/miss_arts_hour_04112010.mp3