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56th Annual Jazz Festival

The 56th Annual EIU Jazz Festival will be held on February 6 and 7, 2015. The festival will open on Friday, February 6 with a concert featuring the EIU Jazz Ensemble and a performance by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

On Saturday, February 7th, visiting bands will perform, compete, and participate in clinics during the day.  Festival participants and audience members will also be treated to a midday performance by the EIU Jazz Ensemble and soloists from the Count Basie Orchestra.

Information for Directors - please complete all three forms below

The due date for entries is Friday, January 9, 2015.


Count Basie Orchestra








The Count Basie Orchestra is celebrating its 80th anniversary, 18 Grammy Awards and 20 Down Beat and JazzTimes Readers and Critics Polls! In 1935, William "Count" Basie started the Count Basie Orchestra in Kansas City, Missouri. Within a year, across the country, Americans were listening to popular radio shows to hear what would become "The Swingingest Band In All The Land"! A phenomena was born in 1935 that is still going strong today! Since Basie's passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes and Dennis Mackrel have led the Count Basie Orchestra and maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz.