Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival


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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.

 34th Annual 

Alcorn State University  

Jazz Festival 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 

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.



Schedule of Events - April 12, 2014


09:30-09:55         Cleveland High School, Clay Fuller, Director 

10:00-10:25         Moss Point High School, Otis P. Carter, Director 

10:30-11:25         Grenada Middle School & Jazz Ensemble II, Seven Hugley, Director 

                                Grenada High School, Bernard Hatch, Director 

11:30-11:55         Wayne County High School, Daniel Roebuck, Director 

12:00-12:25         JSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Loretta Galbreath, Director 

12:30-12:55         Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble II, Rodney D. Chism, Director 

01:00-01:25         Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble I, Russell Thomas, Director 

01:30-01:55         University of Southern Mississippi, Larry Panella, Director 

02:00-02:25         Magnolia Blues 41st Army Jazz Band, Avery Leggett, Director 

02:30-02:55         Waltrip High School, Jesse D. Espinosa, Director 

03:00-03:30         Alcorn State University, David Miller, Director 


04:00 - 05:00           Arturo Sandoval Workshop   

05:00 - 06:30         Student Award Ceremony/Reception

                              Host Ensembles:  ASU Jazz Combo – David Miller, Director 

                              USM – Jazztet - Larry Panella, Director 


07:00 - 07:45     Jazz Educators in Concert  

08:00                  Arturo Sandoval Group in Concert                       

                                       Arturo Sandoval – Trumpet 

                                       Ed Calle             – Saxophone  

                                       Kemuel Roig     – Piano 

                                       Dennis Mark     – Bass 

                                       Alexis Arce        – Drums 

                                       Armando Arc    – Percussion                                                                        


    2014 Jazz Festival Application  

    2012 Jazz Festival Artists (April 21, 2012) 

    Participating Educational Institutions 

    Past Featured Artists 

    2009 Festival Artists (April 18, 2009) 

    Past Jazz Festival Posters  


Photo Gallery

2004 Festival 

Student Groups 

All Star Quintet @ the 29th ASU JazzFest 

McCoy Tyner and Geri Bartz (2010) 



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: 

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: