Competitions, clinics, concerts and more, the 51st annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival is sure to take the city by storm from April 21 – 22! The festival kicks off on Friday, April 21 with student competitions happening across the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus. Guest artist headliner concerts, the 52nd Street celebration and many other performances and festivities will be following the competition to ensure a jazz-filled weekend for all festivalgoers. Guest artists Doc Severinsen and Carl Allen will be playing alongside the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I at the State Theatre during both nights of the festival.
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Friday, April 21 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
North Hennepin Community College Jazz Ensemble

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Gantner Concert Hall-Haas Fine Arts


Andy Heglund

Andrew Heglund is Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches percussion, directs the UNR Percussion Ensemble, and teaches jazz small groups. Heglund holds a Doctor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s of Music Degree... Read More →

Phil Ostrander

Phil Ostrander is Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone. Priorto his work at Eau Claire, he held a faculty position in New York at SUNYGeneseo and Bethany College in Kansas. He has... Read More →

Lauren Sevian

Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian has been a mainstay on the jazz scene for nearly 20 years. After graduating from Manhattan School of Music, she became a regular with the Mingus Big Band, and is enjoying a career as an active side woman performing with groups... Read More →

Michael Shults

axophonist Michael Shults has been praised for his “strong, imaginative” improvisations (Downbeat Magazine) and “fresh and intelligent musical ideas” (The Pitch). As a graduate student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael was a finalist in the 2012 North... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT