The ASC Big Band receives invitation to perform at prestigious festival

(01-23-2008)

The Adams State College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Douglas Camp, assistant professor of music, has been selected to participate at one of the most prestigious invitational jazz festivals in the nation.

The North Texas Jazz Festival in Addison is a collaboration between the renowned UNT Jazz Studies Division and the town of Addison. Together they host an annual jazz festival that includes performances by top UNT ensembles, major jazz headliners, and outstanding school groups from across the United States. The entire festival takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison, Texas.

Middle school, high school, community college and university groups submit an application and recording for consideration to participate each year. The top group entries in the big band, combo, and vocal jazz categories are invited for the weekend. Groups perform a set and are adjudicated by top names in jazz education, receive a clinic from a UNT jazz faculty member, and attend master classes presented by UNT jazz faculty. While the festival is non-competitive, a group from each category is selected each day by the adjudicators to perform at the evening pro-concert. In addition, outstanding soloists are recognized at an Awards Presentation Ceremony.

Noted jazz film collector, Hal Miller, is on hand throughout the festival, interacting with attendees and presenting rare jazz films from his personal archive. The festival has just completed its seventh year, and hundreds of schools have participated in this event. The 2008 festival includes nearly 70 groups representing 25 states across the US.

This year's headline performer is the saxophonist Dave Binney. Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, Binney is one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, Binney was recently singled out by "Jazz Times" as one of a handful of "young players who have created an alternative jazzscene... all whom are playing adventurous original music."

Master Classes will be presented by members of UNT's renowned jazz faculty: bass, Lynn Seaton; drums, Ed Soph; guitar, Fred Hamilton; piano, Stefan Karlsson; saxophone, Jim Riggs; trombone, Steve Wiest; trumpet, Jay Saunders; vocal jazz, Rosana Eckert; and director's clinic, Mike Steinel.

For more information about the North Texas Jazz Festival, visit the website, ntjazzfest.edu

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