42nd ASU Jazz Festival
April 18 & 20, 2024

April 18, 2024, Thursday

Guest Artist Workshop
1:00 pm
Joyce J. Bolden Fine Arts Building, Little Theater
Alcorn State University – Lorman Campus

April 20, 2024, Saturday

Vicksburg Convention Center

Morning:  High School Jazz Ensembles in Concert
Afternoon:  College/University Jazz Ensembles in Concert
4:00 pm – Question and Answer
7:00 pm – Mississippi Jazz Educators in Concert
8:00 pm – Guest Artist in Concert

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All events are free and open to the public


41st ASU Jazz Festival Grand Finale

April 15, 2023, Saturday

Vicksburg Convention Center

Morning: High School Jazz Ensembles in Concert
Afternoon: College/University Jazz Ensembles in Concert
3:30 pm – Randy Brecker Workshop
7:00 pm – Mississippi Jazz Educators in Concert
8:00 pm – Randy Brecker Quintet in Concert

Featuring

The Randy Brecker Quintet

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Multi-Grammy Award winning Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius, and Frank Zappa. He has performed/recorded with everyone from the original Blood Sweat & Tears, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House, Stevie Wonder, Billy Cobham, Patti Austin, George Benson, Michael Franks to Bob James, Mingus Dynasty, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Spyro Gyra, Carley Simon, Pheobe Snow, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Gato Barbieri, Ron Carter, Eric Clapton, David Clayton-Thomas, Joe Cocker, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Al Kooper, Hubert Laws, Yoko Ono, Dire Straits, Johnny Hodges, Liza Minnelli, David “Fathead” Newman, Aaron Neville, Robert Palmer, Stanley Turrentine, Tina Turner, Grover Washington Jr, and of course as co-leader with his brother Michael in the ground breaking Brecker Brothers.

For a full Bio, visit Randy’s website @ https://www.randybrecker.com/

All events are free and open to the public.


41st Alcorn State University Jazz Festival
Days 1 & 2

November 3, 2022, Thursday

Astral Project
1:00pm Workshop, 6:00pm Concert
Little Theater, Joyce Bolden Fine Arts Building
Alcorn State University – Lorman Campus

November 4, 2022, Friday

Astral Project Concert
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Crawford Square (Gordon’s Alley) Downtown Vicksburg, MS
(Weather backup: Strand Theater, 717 Clay Street, Vicksburg)

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Astral Project has been entertaining and educating audiences for decades and is unique in the jazz realm in having a steady personnel lineup for so many years. All the musicians are versatile performers who perform regularly in several other groups spanning many styles of music. Most of the members of the group are also jazz professors at Loyola University or at the University of New Orleans. These highly talented musicians are well versed in many genres of music, blending modern jazz, funk, rock, and world music. Members of the group have performed with many high-profile musicians of note, including Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Mose Allison, Rick Margitza, Professor Longhair, James Booker and John Scofield.
For addition information: https://www.astralproject.com/

All events are free and open to the public.


40th Anniversary Alcorn State University Jazz Festival

February 4-5, 2022

 

Friday, February 4, 3:00 pm
Kenny Barron Workshop
Little Theater, Fine Arts Building
Lorman Campus
Alcorn State University

Saturday, February 5, 8:00 pm
The Kenny Barron Trio in concert
Vicksburg Convention Center
1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd, Vicksburg, MS 39180

Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron is one of the greatest living pianists, an artist who leads a peerless career as a bandleader, sideman, composer, arranger, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master recipient. He is often heard in a trio setting, a format Barron has honed to its highest level of expression.

All events in the Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival are free of charge and open to everyone.


39th Annual

Alcorn State University
Jazz Festival

April 12-13, 2019

Friday, April 12

Workshop & performances

ASU Campus 10AM – Afternoon

 

Saturday, April 13

Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg, MS

Workshop – Dee Dee Bridgewater

4:00PM-5:00PM

Performance – MS Jazz Educators

7:00PM

Performance – Dee Dee Bridgewater

8:00PM

Denise

 

Denise “Dee Dee” Bridgewater is an American jazz singer. She is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress. For 23 years, she was the host of National Public Radio’s syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

All-Day Event – Free – Public Invited

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Contact Information

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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