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Grammy-winning trumpeter headlines MTSU’s Jacquet Jazz Festival April 2

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and educator Brian Lynch, shown at left, is the headliner for MTSU’s 2022 Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, set for Saturday, April 2, featuring live performances and workshops with Lynch and MTSU School of Music jazz faculty and students and concluding with a 5:30 p.m. public concert. The focus of the event, the late jazz tenor saxophonist Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, is shown at right at a 1998 concert at Brecon, Wales. (Lynch photo courtesy of Nick Ruechel; Jacquet photo courtesy of William Ellis)

A Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter will headline Middle Tennessee State University’s annual Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 2, giving music lovers a public concert with MTSU School of Music students to cap a day of learning for area high-school musicians.

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and educator Brian Lynch, shown in this publicity photo, is the headliner for MTSU’s 2022 Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, set for Saturday, April 2, featuring live performances and workshops with Lynch and MTSU School of Music jazz faculty and students and concluding with a 5:30 p.m. public concert. (photo courtesy of Versatile Light Studio)

Brian Lynch

The concert, featuring acclaimed musician and educator Brian Lynch and MTSU’s student Jazz Ensemble I performing selections from Lynch’s acclaimed big-band album, “The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music,” is set for at 5:30 p.m. Central in Hinton Hall inside the Wright Music Building at 1439 Faulkinberry Drive.

Lynch, a five-time Grammy nominee, is a two-time winner, earning the 2019 best large jazz ensemble album award for “The Omni-American Book Club” and the 2006 award for best Latin jazz album.

The April 2 concert is free for MTSU students, faculty and staff and the workshop participants.

Concert tickets for the public are available at $10 each by contacting Jamey Simmons, director of MTSU’s Jazz Studies Program, at james.simmons@mtsu.edu.

MTSU Jacquet Jazz Festival logoHigh school musicians can register through Thursday, March 31, to participate in all the events, either on campus or online via Zoom — at www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzfest.php, where a complete schedule is available. Cost is $20 per student.

The day’s events also will be accessible at www.mtsu.edu/musiclivestream.

Lynch, a studio instructor of jazz trumpet at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida, will discuss his career as a working jazz musician, composer and educator and provide trumpet insights and details about jazz improvisation at a music clinic for students at 3:30 p.m. Central April 2.

Jamey Simmons, MTSU Jazz Studies professor

Jamey Simmons

A multi-award-winning musician who’s played with some of the iconic talents of the genre, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quartet, and Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri, Lynch has released more than 20 albums.

“This year’s festival features innovative performers and educators creating an opportunity for jazz students and audiences,” said Simmons. “We’re excited that Brian will showcase his abilities as a legendary performer and composer alongside our (MTSU) student artists.”

The day also will include combo performances, a student jam session, a Jazz Ensemble II concert and a clinic by the MTSU Faculty Jazz Quintet for festival participants.

Jazz Studies Program logoMTSU’s annual Jazz Festival, which honors the late tenor saxophonist Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, gives high school musicians an individual focus on jazz style and the art of jazz improvisation.

Students in MTSU’s jazz program and area schools’ jazz ensembles participate in concerts and clinics led by faculty members and guests throughout the event.

The Illinois Jacquet Foundation established a scholarship for MTSU jazz students in the artist’s name in 2014. The School of Music renamed the festival in 2016 to honor Jacquet, an innovator with Count Basie’s and Lionel Hampton’s bands who died in 2004 after a storied 60-year-plus career that deeply influenced artists in jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.

Illinois Jacquet Foundation logoDr. Pamela Jacquet Davis, Jacquet’s daughter, and members of the foundation also plan to showcase a short film and presentation about the artist at noon Central on April 2 in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall in the Wright Music Building.

MTSU’s Jazz Ensemble I is the program’s top performing student group. These experienced student musicians focus on cutting-edge works and big-band repertoire alongside new compositions and arrangements of their own.

For more information about the Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival at MTSU, contact Simmons at 615-898-2724 or email james.simmons@mtsu.edu. Details about MTSU’s Jazz Studies Program are available at www.mtsu.edu/music/jazz.php.

More information about Lynch is available at https://hollisticmusicworks.com.

For more information about the Illinois Jacquet Foundation, visit https://illinoisjacquetfoundation.org.

For details on MTSU School of Music performances and events, call 615-898-2493 or visit the Concert Calendar online.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

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The late jazz tenor saxophonist Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, shown here at a 1998 concert at Brecon, Wales, is the focus at MTSU’s 2022 Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, set Saturday, April 2. The annual event for area high school musicians features concerts, clinics and workshops led by MTSU School of Music faculty members and special guests, joined by students in MTSU’s Jazz Studies Program. (photo by William Ellis)

The late jazz tenor saxophonist Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, shown here at a 1998 concert at Brecon, Wales, is the focus at MTSU’s 2022 Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, set Saturday, April 2. The annual event for area high school musicians features concerts, clinics and workshops led by MTSU School of Music faculty members and special guests, joined by students in MTSU’s Jazz Studies Program. (photo courtesy of William Ellis)

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and educator Brian Lynch, shown in this publicity photo, is the headliner for MTSU’s 2022 Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, set for Saturday, April 2, featuring live performances and workshops with Lynch and MTSU School of Music jazz faculty and students and concluding with a 5:30 p.m. public concert. (photo courtesy of Nick Ruechel)

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and educator Brian Lynch, shown in this publicity photo, is the headliner for MTSU’s 2022 Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival, set for Saturday, April 2, featuring live performances and workshops with Lynch and MTSU School of Music jazz faculty and students and concluding with a 5:30 p.m. public concert. (photo courtesy of Nick Ruechel)


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