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Hill Country Jazz Festival

Texas State University is proud to announce the 28th annual Hill Country Jazz Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 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 saxophonist Joel Frahm. A regular on the New York City club circuit, Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound — fluid, inventive, and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine’s critics’ poll has named him a rising star and The New York Times has called him “a post-bop tenor saxophonist with a deft and assertive command.”

Bands will perform throughout the day on Saturday, February 10. Around 5 p.m., Joel Frahm will present an hour-long clinic. Immediately following the clinic, Frahm will perform with the Texas State University Jazz Ensemble.

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 $200 by January 16.

In addition to the above activities, an all-star big band will play a free concert on Friday, February 9, 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, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Frahm, and include a talk by NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern. We hope you can attend both events, but all school performances are only on Saturday, February 10.

We look forward to your participation!