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Hill Country Jazz Festival

2013 Eddie Durham Celebration and Hill Country Jazz Festival

The 2013 Eddie Durham Celebration will be held on Friday, February 8. The Hill Country Jazz Festival will be held the following day, on Saturday, February 9.

2013 Guest Artist: Alto Saxophonist Vincent Herring

The guest artist at this year's Hill Country Jazz Festival will be Grammy Award-winning alto saxophonist Vincent Herring. Vincent first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band. As he developed his musicianship he began to work with Nat Adderley a liaison that continued for nine years. Along the way he worked and/or recorded with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks. Other special concert and projects have included special guest soloist engagements with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center. Vincent also appeared as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall with John Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band. While amassing these impressive credentials, Vincent continues to develop his own voice and style. In addition to the legends and peers he has worked with Vincent is inspired by a collage of diverse musical influences. Which is reflected in his original band called Earth Jazz Agents. Vincent is also involved in Jazz education. He is currently on staff at William Patterson University in New Jersey.

Vincent has recorded 19 CD’s as a leader and can be heard on over 240 as a sideman.


Vincent Herring

Texas State University San Marcos is proud to announce the 24th annual Hill Country Jazz Festival. The festival will be held February 8-9, 2013, 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.”

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. Herring. 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 $185.00 by January 21, 2013. Please make checks payable to Texas State University—Jazz.