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Greater  St. Louis  Jazz  Festival  Launches  8th  Season

"Grammy Award Winner Ron Carter "

"Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Clark Terry "

"Grammy Award Winner The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra "

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Presenter:  University of Missouri-St. Louis

What:  2011 Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

Who:  Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Russell Malone, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, University of Missouri - St. Louis Jazz Ensemble directed by Jim Widner

When:  Thursday - Saturday, April 14-16, 2011

Where:  Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121

Lodging:  Hilton St. Louis Airport, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134 (314-426-5500)

Info:  Visit gsljazzfest.com

Cost:  FREE clinics during the daytime. Evening concerts are $35-$20-$10. 

Special Package:  $50 or $25 when you buy both nights.  * Discounts * for UMSL alumni + employees, students/youth, seniors, retirees, and groups of 20 or more.

Tickets:  Visit touhill.org, (314) 516-4949 or toll free (866) 516-4949  

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St. Louis, Missouri - April 1, 2011 The 8th annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival is proving that it is not only the single most significant jazz festival in its Midwest area, but it also offers one of the best line-ups.

Presented by University of Missouri -- St. Louis (UMSL) and sponsored by Emerson, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival kicks-off Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and continues the St. Louis jazz legacy from April 14 - 16, 2011 at the Touhil Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on the UMSL campus.

While some consider St. Louis the Gateway to the West, it is quickly becoming known as the Gateway to Groove.  This year’s guests feature all Grammy® Award winning jazz musicians with the Ron Carter Trio (Mulgrew Miller, Russell Malone), Clark Terry, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra--one of the most talented and respected artist rosters in the world. Opening up for the headliners is the University of Missouri - St. Louis Jazz Ensemble directed by Jim Widner.

“I knew immediately that I had to have (Ron Carter’s Trio) as one of the headliner’s for the festival,” said  UMSL director of jazz studies and festival artistic director, Jim Widner, after hearing the legendary bassist’s trio live at the Blue Note in New York.  A Midwest tradition, the festival is the only one of its kind in St. Louis to bring in such historic and high-caliber talent renowned around the world to the area.

“This festival offers an unparalleled opportunity for the community to learn from, and music students to directly participate with, jazz greats,” said Widner.  Senior UMSL saxophonist and St. Louis native Matt Schultz says, “I have learned to be on top of things and have my music down when dealing with the best in the business--they don’t take any excuses.”  Band member and senior UMSL trumpeter Kim Aubuchon adds, “Since my involvement in UMSL’s jazz program, I have increasing opportunities to meet and perform with my musical heroes for the first time.”

The festival runs for three days and includes two evening concerts by professional jazz musicians and students on April 15 + 16.  During the daytime, adjudicated student performances and clinics are free to the public on April 14, 15, 16 at the TPAC.

Evening Performance:  Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm

Ron Carter Trio + Clark Terry  

Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter is known as a Grammy® Award winning member of Miles Davis’ classic quintet, and has over 2,500 albums to his credit. Given his harmonically and rhythmically rich bass lines, it’s easy to see why Carter’s gong-like tones and glissandos have become a trademark of his stunning virtuosity.  Pianist Mulgrew Miller and guitarist Russell Malone join Carter in “The Golden Striker” trio.  Appearing the same evening is Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award winner Clark Terry with the University of Missouri - St. Louis Jazz Ensemble directed by Jim Widner. Terry will spotlight his masterful improvisation with a carefully configured vocabulary that leaves audiences awaiting more.

Evening Performance:  Friday, April 15 at 8 pm

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra + Clark Terry

Experience the two-time, Grammy® Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and take a trip back to school with their “Precepts of Swing.” Showcasing creative arrangements from the best large jazz ensemble, the 44 year old tradition from New York has been dubbed “the center of the known jazz universe” by the Wall Street Journal.  Joined by one of the world’s greatest jazz masters the same evening, Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award winner Clark Terry will be featured with the University of Missouri -- St. Louis Jazz Ensemble directed by Jim Widner.  Terry will spotlight his improvisation with a carefully configured vocabulary that leaves audiences awaiting more.

Daytime Clinics:  April 14 - 16

The daily schedule includes large ensemble and combo clinics critiqued by world-renowned adjudicators:  John Harner, Jim Oatts, Jerry Tolson, Larry Panella, Jack Cooper, Allen Beeson, Ken Kehner.  All daytime performances and artist clinics are FREE and open to the public.  Hundreds of students from 44 groups of big bands and combos will attend the jazz festival from four different states.  For a schedule of daytime band performance times, visit gsljazzfest.com.

Participating Schools

University of Missouri - St. Louis, Jefferson College, Collin Community College, Meramec Community College, Genesis Jazz Project, Chaminade College Preparatory, Lindbergh H.S., Sperreng Middle, Hickman H.S., Normandy H.S., University City H.S., Chaminade, Rockwood South Middle, Shawnee Mission East H.S., Hannibal H.S., Blue Valley West H.S., Indian Trail Junior H.S., Pekin Community H.S., Parkway Central Middle, Parkway Northeast Middle, St. Joseph, St. Charles West H.S., Wentzville Holt H.S., Francis Howell Central, North St. Francois County H.S., Ft. Zumalt North H.S., St. Dominic, St. Charles West H.S., Ft. Zumwalt South H.S., Lafayette H.S., Odessa H.S., Brentwood H.S., DeSmet Jesuit H.S., Parkway Central H.S., Ft. Zumwalt West H.S.

For seven (7) years at the UM-St. Louis, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with middle school, high school and college/university students to share and celebrate a truly American art form of music.  It has featured thousands of students from various states in the Midwest region, as well as over 76 musicians from across the country including Clark Terry, Marilyn Maye, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Buddy DeFranco, Lou Marini, John Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Mulgrew Miller, Shelly Berg, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig and more. 

Take advantage of special pricing when you buy tickets to both nights of the festival at $50 or $25.  Individually, ticket prices for Saturday, April 16 range from $35-$31-$20-$18, and ticket prices for Friday, April 15 range from $20-$18-$10-$8.  To buy tickets visit touhill.org or call the Touhill Performing Arts Center ticket office at (314) 516-4949, toll-free (866) 516-4949.

About University of Missouri - St. Louis

One of four universities in the University of Missouri (UM) system, University of Missouri - St. Louis was established in 1963.  It is the youngest university in the UM system and the largest university by enrollment in the St. Louis area.  The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, located on the UMSL campus, provides an extraordinary, world-class venue for faculty and students to showcase their talents and artistic innovation.  A cultural classroom for the community, this state-of-the art performance laboratory is a valued home to St. Louis and Midwest audiences.  The Touhill symbolizes the university’s commitment to integrate education, innovation and excellence.

 

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