Texas State University San Marcos is proud to announce the twenty-fifth annual Hill Country Jazz Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, 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. 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.”
Guest Artist: Conrad Herwig (trombone)
New York-based trombonist 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 began his career with Clark Terry’s big band in the early 1980s, followed by stints with Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, and the Mingus Big Band. Early association with Mario Bauza’s seminal Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra launched his mastery of the Latin and Latin Jazz genres. He has recorded several highly acclaimed projects in the Afro-Caribbean jazz genre with the latest being “The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock” for Half Note Records. This is the follow-up project to the “The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter,” “Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis,” and “The Latin Side of John Coltrane,” all three of which were nominated for Grammy Awards (in 2009, 2005, and 1998). In 2006 Herwig received the Paul Acket Award (formerly the “Bird Award”) presented at the North Sea Jazz Festival to an artist that deserving attention of a broader audience. He is the recipient of performance and teaching grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and 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.
Texas State University emphasizes the importance of jazz education and performance as part of a comprehensive music department curriculum. To close out the festival, the award-winning Texas State University Jazz Ensemble will perform with Mr. Herwig. The Texas State University Jazz Ensemble has performed at many prestigious festivals, including the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, the Texas Jazz Festival, the UNT Jazz Festival, the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and the IAJE and TMEA Conventions. In May 2012, the Texas State Jazz Ensemble toured Chile.
Jazz ensembles wishing to participate in the Hill Country Jazz Festival should complete the enclosed application and return it by mail with the non-refundable $185 by January 21, 2015. Please make checks payable to Texas State University—Jazz. All school performances are only on Saturday, February 7.