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.

Greg Keel

Greg is on the faculty at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Carleton College in Northfield MN, Hamline University and Century College in St. Paul. He is a conductor with the MacPhail Jazz Combo Program, Summer Jazz Workshops and Community Partnership residencies.Greg co-hosts Twin Cities Saxophone Day, the Midwest's largest annual saxophone event produced with MacPhail and McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Macalester College and Normandale College in. Greg is Jazz Program Director and a member of the saxophone faculty at the renowned Shell Lake Arts Center Summer Jazz Camps in Shell Lake WI.Greg has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, The Temptations, Andy Williams, The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, The Fifth Dimension and Bob Hope. His students have received numerous recognitions from DownBeat magazine, with outstanding college soloist winners in their annual Student Music Awards and as members of the Outstanding College Big Bands. Greg's private students are frequently in the finalist ensembles in the Jazz at Lincoln Center programs, the Wisconsin and Minnesota All-State Honors Concert Bands and Jazz Ensembles. Greg studied with William Grahn, Ruben Haugen, Harry Miedema and Brian Grivna, and has been a participant at many masterclass workshops with concert saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Madison, and Concordia College in St. Paul. Greg is also an artist/clinician for Selmer Saxophones.