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Hill Country Jazz Festival

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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: Ralph Bowen (Tenor Saxophone)

Ralph BowenSaxophonist Ralph Bowen has made his mark on the New York jazz scene for over three decades, while bringing his "casual perfectionism" to clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide. Bowen's discography of over 70 titles includes associations with Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Michael Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold.

His seven solo CDs (Movin' On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, and Power Play) feature a wide variety of top shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; Organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall.

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.

2015 Eddie Durham Celebration

The 2015 Eddie Durham Celebration will be held on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. This year's Dan Morgensterncelebration will feature a lecture by NEA Jazz Master Doug Morgenstern on Durham's pioneering contributions to jazz and a performance with an all-star big band featuring tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence of the Count Basie Orchestra and jazz saxophone legend Ralph Bowen.