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Hill Country Jazz Festival

Texas State University is proud to announce the twenty-seventh annual Hill Country Jazz Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, on the beautiful Texas State University campus. In addition to our excellent facilities, our outstanding adjudicators, clinicians, and performers promise to make this a memorable experience. As a non-competitive event, The Hill Country Jazz Festival does not select winners but does recognize exemplary big bands, combos, and individual instrumentalists with “Outstanding Performance Awards.”

This year’s guest artist is trombone master Conrad Herwig. Based in New York, Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s most complete musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composing and arranging credits. He has 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano, and Tom Harrell, to name a few. Herwig was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2009, 2005, and 1998, received the Paul Acket Award in 2006, has been voted #1 Jazz Trombonist (TDWR) in the 1998, 1999, and 2002 Downbeat Jazz Critic’s Poll, and was nominated for Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist's Association, most recently in 2011.

Bands will perform throughout the day on Saturday, February 4. Around 5 p.m., Conrad Herwig will present an hour-long clinic. Immediately following the clinic, Conrad Herwig will perform with the Texas State University Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz ensembles wishing to participate in the Hill Country Jazz Festival should complete the above application and return it by mail with the non-refundable $185 by January 17, 2017.

In addition to the above activities, an all-star big band will play a concert on Friday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium as part of the Eddie Durham Celebration. The band will feature members of the Count Basie Orchestra, Conrad Herwig, and include a talk by NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern. We hope you can attend both free events, but all school performances are only on Saturday, February 4.

We look forward to your participation!