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.

John Greene

John retired in 2015 after 37 years of teaching grades 5-12. He was most recently at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley, where he taught 8th grade bands, jazz ensemble, and percussion ensemble. John was named 2013-2014 "Music Educator of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). Under His direction, the Falcon Ridge Middle School Jazz Ensemble was awarded numerous honors at the UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse Jazz Festivals, and appeared at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic. As an adjudicator, he has judged throughout the U.S. and Canada. John was an MMEA Board member as jazz chair and has conducted both the Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble and the MBDA Middle Level State Honors Jazz Ensemble.