Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2021: "Keepin' The Groove"

How to Apply

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Soloist Sheet and Seating Chart 

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Tapper at  robert.tapper@umontana.edu.

Tickets for the March 25th Livestream Concert are here or scan the QR code below

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2021 Festival Schedule Information

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

FREE REGISTRATION – Access to 30 Jazz Education Videos and Gala Festival Concert

$150 – Big Band Registration (20-minute performance video) *Educator Discussion Included

$75 – Small Group Registration (15-minute performance video) *Educator Discussion Included

$40 – Instrumental Soloist Registration (10-minute performance video) w/ Clinician Feedback

 

DATES AND DEADLINES:

Registration: The deadline for participation is March 10, 2021

Performance Submissions: The deadline for group/solo video links is March 17, 2021

Zoom Critiques with clinician will be completed before April 15, 2021.

 

Great Music and Spectacular Education

The University of Montana College of Arts and Media in conjunction with the School of Music is proud to announce the 2021 edition of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival which will occur from March 15-April 15, 2021. The emphasis of this instrumental jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language.

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ENJOY GREAT JAZZ EDUCATION:

Welcome to the University of Montana's 41st Annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. We are so excited for you to join us for this festival, in a new format. Through FREE registration, you and your students will enjoy a video library of over 30 videos for middle school, high school, and college-level musicians for an entire month! We also invite you to a free festival performance featuring the world-class UM Jazz Faculty and the award-winning UM Jazz Program students.

FESTIVAL GUEST ARTISTS/CLINICIANS:

The 2021 Festival Artists/Clinicians will include the talent of Ellen Rowe, Paul Harshman, Steve Owen, Steve Roach & Michael Sakash.

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE VIDEO SUBMISSION FEES:

If you are currently running your groups face to face or online you can have your group perform via video/audio for feedback DURING your rehearsal time. Registration fees (see below) provide ensemble critiques for Big Bands, Small Groups, and Instrumental Soloists by internationally recognized Jazz Educators.

*Directors submit a video and one of 5 nationally acclaimed jazz educators will set up Zoom feedback with YOUR ensemble during one of your weekly rehearsals.

EDUCATOR DISCUSSION:

Educators can also request a private one-on-one discussion with your clinician FOR FREE with ensemble registration to better help you with questions and suggestions

 

GALA FESTIVAL CONCERT:

On Thursday, March 25th we will have a FREE Festival Gala Concert with the Award-winning UM Jazz Ensemble featuring our nationally recognized Jazz Faculty.

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