Jazz Festival

The 16th Annual

Moores School of Music

Jazz Festival

February 28 & March 1, 2014

Guest Artist: Brad Leali


Brad Leali


Brad Leali has been referred to as one of the most important voices on the alto saxophone of his era. This Denver native has and is still enjoying an extremely successful career in music. Having received his music education degree from the University of North Texas, in which he performed and recorded with the world renowned One O’clock Lab Band. Leali went on to play lead alto saxophone with the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra in 1989 and served as musical director from 1990-1994. During this period, he relocated to New York City and established himself as a major voice in the highly competitive jazz community and was a staple in legendary jazz venues like the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Iridium, and Birdland. In 1995, Leali joined the Count Basie Orchestra, under the leadership of Grover Mitchell. This band won a Grammy for their 1998 release, Count Plays Dukefor “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance”. On this recording, Brad also received a Grammy nomination for his solo work on the Billy Strayhorn composition, “Star-Crossed Lovers”.

While still a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, Leali released his first solo recording, Priority Soul! in 1998, before departing from the orchestra in 2000 to focus on his career as a soloist. His discography since then includes Live in Europe (2004), Brooklyn Soul Organization (2004), the critically acclaimed Maria Juanez (2006) featuring his own compositions with jazz orchestra and DA’s Time (2008).

Brad Leali has been a highly sought-after clinician, travelling internationally to many schools & festivals to teach students of all ages. He was the Founder/Director of The Brooklyn Jazz Coalition, a member of IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), Director of the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, as well as being a clinician and performer for many of their conferences. Brad Leali has been a professor of jazz saxophone and director of the Three O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas since 2008. Professor Leali’s philosophy on jazz is very simple and straight forward.  “I want everyone to enjoy jazz music – not just jazz musicians.  I teach my students to play music, not just the notes, and in their search for creativity, to never forget their audience.”


Want to Participate?

Participation is simple! There are only three steps you must complete in order to be included:

  1. Submit your registration & program
  2. Submit your stage layout
  3. Submit your application fee

Big Band – $250
Jazz Combo – $200
Make checks payable toIAJE-UH and mail to:

Noe Marmolejo
c/o Moores School of Music
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-4201

If you are interested in participating in our event, we strongly encourage everyone to please send the necessary application fee as quickly as possible. Time slots fill up very quickly and ensembles will be admitted in the order that their application fees are received.

Schedule of Performances

Friday, February 28
9am – 12pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
12 – 1pm FREE Clinic and performance by guest artist
1 – 5:30pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
7:30pm Featured performance to be announced

Saturday, March 1
9am – 12pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
12 – 1pm FREE Clinic and performance by guest artist
1 – 5:30pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
7:30pm Performance by the MSM Jazz Orchestra, featuring guest artist

All events are in the Moores Opera House.

Our Commitment to Jazz Education

A history of the MSM Jazz Festival

The annual Moores School of Music Jazz Festival invites middle school and high school jazz ensembles to perform in the Moores Opera House for a panel of distinguished jazz artists/judges. Our festival includes a private clinic session by one member of the panel and audio commentary by two other members of the panel. In addition to this, all bands will receive a high-quality audio recording for their performance. Although this festival is not competitive, it includes a trophy system that will single out top performances by individuals and groups. The festival trophy list includes:

  • 50 All-Star Trophies (25 given each day to outstanding performers)
  • Outstanding Soloist of the Day
  • Outstanding Soloist of the Festival
  • Outstanding Middle School Ensemble of the Day
  • Outstanding High School Ensemble of the Day
  • Outstanding Middle School Ensemble of the Festival
  • Outstanding High School Ensemble of the Festival

Purchase Tickets

Discounted tickets packages are available to all school groups who are participating in the MSM Jazz Festival ONLY. Payment for these events is separate from festival fees. Contact MSM Box Office with questions or phone orders: 713-743-3388 during the hours of 9 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Tickets will be held at the door for pick-up on the evening of the performance.

In order to attend the evening concerts, tickets must be purchased, as they are NOT included in the festival entry fee. For those parties interested in obtaining tickets to the festival’s evening performances, tickets are available at full price at the door.

For individual tickets (non-participant), please click here or call the MSM Box Office at (713) 743-3388.

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