About the Festival:
Sun Prairie JazzFest is the annual, non-competitive jazz festival hosted by Sun Prairie High School Jazz Bands. We are proud to announce it has been named an Essentially Ellington Regional Festival!
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For over 25 years, the Sun Prairie Jazz Festival evening Concert has showcased jazz bands from around the state and musician/educators from around the country.
28th Annual Sun Prairie Jazz Fest/Regional "Essentially Ellington" Festival
On Saturday, February 15, 2020 members of all three HS Jazz Ensembles, parents, volunteers and alumni came together with High School Bands from around the state and clinicians from around the country to participate in the 28th Annual Sun Prairie Jazz Festival - a Regional “Essentially Ellington” festival. The festival is a clinic by day and an awesome concert by night.
Participating bands in the morning received a 1 hour session with a group of three musicians/educators who were able to add their expertise on Reed, Brass, and Rhythm section issues. Throughout the lunch hour, students had the option to participate in a Jam Session followed by instrument specific master classes and jazz improvisation sessions.
The day culminated in an evening public concert featuring one of our guest clinicians performing with selected High School Jazz Ensembles. The last part of the concert was a jazz combo formatted performance featuring the days’ educators.
Reggie Thomas, piano; Clay Jenkins, trumpet and Dennis Mackrel, drum set were all alums of the Count Basie Orchestra. Bob Stewart, jazz tuba and “Essentially Ellington '' clinician has recorded with Charles Mingus and currently teaches Jazz History at the Juilliard Music School in New York. Each of our artists have similar stories. In addition to great musical pedigree, each of our musicians/educators was a genuinely caring teacher and collaborator who shared their passion for jazz with all who attended.
Sponsors of the Jazz Festival are the Sun Prairie Band Boosters, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Birch Creek Music Academy, the Shell Arts Center, and Ward Brodt Music.
2020 Clinicians announced
Dennis Mackrel, drums
Katie Ernst - bass
Reggie Thomas - piano
Rick Haydon - guitar
Clay Jenkins, trumpet
Marty Robinson, trumpet
Steve Horne, trombone
Alexa Tarantino, saxophone
Dan Wallach - saxophone
Greg Abate, saxophone
Bob Stewart, Tuba and EE clinician
Sun Prairie JazzFest - 2020 Schedule and Information
7:30 - 12:30pm - Clinics
12:00 - 1:30pm - Lunch ($5/student)
12:30pm - Directors lunch w/ EE Clinicians
12:45 - 1:20pm - Jam Session led by Dan Wallach
1:30 - 2:00pm - Improv Workshops
2:30 - 3:35pm - Masterclasses
7:00pm - Evening Concert
$7/adults, $5/students, $3/seniors