Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

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2020 Festival Schedules

The following schedules are examples from last year's festival. The daily schedules for the upcoming event will be released shortly. Thank you for your patience. 

Thursday Schedule

Friday Schedule

Great Music and Spectacular Education

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The University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the School of Music is proud to announce the 2020 edition of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival which will occur on March 12-13, 2020. The emphasis of this instrumental and vocal jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language.

The 2020 Festival Artists will include the talent of Peter Sommer (saxophone), Allison Miller (drum set), Laura Caviani (piano), Nate Kimball (trombone), Chris Finet (bass) and Jim Sisko (trumpet).  On both evenings, experience a spectacular musical event with the High School Best Section Big Band and outstanding soloists from the daytime events along with more musical artistry.

The fun and learning continue throughout each day with clinics, ensemble critiques, workshops, open rehearsals and master classes with guest artists, local musicians, and faculty from the University of Montana.

The UM Buddy DeFranco Festival promises to be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the language of jazz and a great weekend of music and jazz education.