Jazz Festival

For over three and a half decades the Department of Fine Arts at Alcorn State University 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.


37th Annual

Alcorn State University
Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2017   
Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg, MS

Dr. David C. Miller, Director


     Ramsey Lewis 

and His Electric Band 


   Ramsey Lewis, who is a NEA Jazz Master, has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality. He is a  three time Grammy® winner, has recorded over 70 albums, and has joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music. .

All-Day Event - Free - Public Invited


9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Performances by High School and University Jazz Ensembles 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Workshop (Ramsey Lewis) 

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm: Performance by Mississippi Jazz Educators
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band concert

Now in its 37th 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, Stanley Turrentine, McCoy Tyner, Arturo Sandoval and Branford Marsalis 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 37th Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. High school and college bands from around the country will perform in the morning and afternoon. A workshop with Ramsey Lewis will take place in the afternoon at 4:00 pm. A Mississippi Jazz Educator's concert will take place at 7:00 pm and Ramsey Lewis and His Electric Band 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 Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival is funded in part by grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and Art Works.

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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 following website: Radio Broadcast