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Jazz Festival

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
4:00 pm – Workshop – Headlining Guest Artist Group
7:00 pm – Mississippi Jazz Educators in Concert
8:00 pm – Headlining Guest Artist Group in Concert

41st Alcorn State University Jazz Festival

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)

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


Performance - MS Jazz Educators


Performance - Dee Dee Bridgewater



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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ASU Jazz Festival Application

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