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57th Annual Jazz Festival

The 57th Annual EIU Jazz Festival will be held on February 5 and 6, 2016. The festival will open on Friday, February 5 with a concert featuring the EIU Jazz Ensemble and a performance by Jason Marsalis and the Vibes Quartet.

On Saturday, February 6th, 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 also by Jason Marsalis and the Vibes Quartet.

Information for Directors - please complete all three forms below

The due date for entries is Friday, January 8, 2016.


Jason Marsalis and the Vibes Quartet

Jazz Festival Marsalis

Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and Ellis comprise New Orleans’s venerable first family of jazz, and recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Jazz Masters awards. Jason is well known for his prodigal drumming. Working with his father’s group, as well as the great pianist Marcus Roberts, he has fine-tuned his playing in two of the most demanding trio settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2013’s “In A World of Mallets”, and his recognition as the 2013 rising star winner in the Downbeat Magazine’s annual critics poll, listeners are recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphones.

The Friday, January 5th concert features an opening set from the EIU Jazz Ensemble and a full performance by Jason Marsalis and the Vibes Quartet.