All New England Jazz Festival
Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8:30 AM – 6:00 PM, performance from 6:00PM to 7:00PM)
About the Festival
The All New England Jazz Festival is a one day festival bringing the top high school jazz musicians in all six New England states together to rehearse and perform with top jazz musicians from throughout the United States. Past clinicians have included Randy Brecker, Graham Breedlove, Jeff Holmes, Marvin Stamm, and Chris Vadala.
A New Orleans native, Brunious was born into a long line of prominent NOLA musicians. His father John played trumpet and piano and arranged for legends Billy Eckstein and Cab Calloway. His uncle, Willie Santiago, was one of the first guitar players ever recorded and at one time worked with the venerated ragtime cornetist Buddy Bolden.
Brunious performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for more than 23 years and appeared with the Olympia Brass Band, the Tuxedo Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Bob Haggard and Harry Connick Jr., among many others.
Although Brunious is a leading advocate of traditional New Orleans jazz, he is equally adept at more modern bebop stylings, soul, and R&B. A true master of the craft, Brunious pays forward the teachings of the masters and delivers wisdom to younger musicians with grace and generosity.
High School musicians (grades 10-12) recommended by their high school band director are eligible.
The cost for each high school participant is $30.00. This registration fee is payable at the time of the notification of selection and acceptance by the student. There is no registration fee for participating directors.
For the Directors
There is no cost for directors of students accepted to the festival. Each director is invited to observe rehearsals, attend the concert, and attend the Directors Clinic. This clinic is given by PSU faculty or guest artists and is geared towards helping directors better their own jazz ensemble.
Contact Chris Klaxton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the festival!
Jazz Festival Time Line
- February 2, 2018: Jazz Festival Applications are due.
- February 12, 2018: Letters mailed to Directors: notification of student’s acceptance.
- March 1, 2018: Acceptances of invitations are due. Music and rehearsal instructions will be mailed immediately upon receipt of student acceptance form.