Jazz Festival

The 18th Annual

Moores School of Music

Jazz Festival

February 26-27, 2016

Guest Artist: Paul McKee

 

Paul McKee photo

Paul McKee, newly appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone and Arranging -Composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in Composition form the University of Texas at Austin. In 1984 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings.

Over the years Paul has served on the jazz faculty at schools including DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Florida State University. Paul maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and guest artist, and his arrangements and compositions have been performed and recorded by professional and academic jazz ensembles worldwide.

His recording Gallery was released to critical acclaim and features performances by Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout. Paul recently appeared on the recording Back When It Was Fun with 7 on 7, a group comprised of musician/educators from colleges across the nation. Additional recent recordings include big band projects by Dan Gailey (University of Kansas) and Steve Owen (University of Oregon). Paul is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer company and plays King trombones exclusively.

Want to Participate?

We want the registration process to be as easy as possible! Follow these easy steps to perform:

  1. Submit your initial registration form at MSM Jazz Festival Registration
  2. Wait for Email Confirmation
  3. Submit your application fee

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

Noe Marmolejo

120 School of Music Building

The University of Houston

Houston, TX 77204

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. We will send a preliminary schedule to all participating bands, with the knowledge that times can be slightly adjusted up until 1 WEEK ahead of the festival. Any changes will be communicated ahead of time to the schools in question.

Schedule of Performances

Friday, February 26
9am – 12pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
12 – 1pm FREE Clinic and performance by guest artist Paul McKee and the MSM Jazz Orchestra
1 – 5:30pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
7:30pm Featured performance with TMF Jazz Project and MSM Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 27
9am – 12pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
12 – 1pm FREE Clinic and performance by Paul McKee and the MSM Jazz Orchestra
1 – 5:30pm Middle & high school bands perform for judges and clinicians
8:00pm Performance by the MSM Jazz Orchestra, featuring Paul McKee

All events are in the Moores Opera House. Questions can be directed to Cameron Kubos at cameronkadekubos@gmail.com.

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

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS are available to all school groups who are participating in the MSM Jazz Festival ONLY. We will contact you for ticket orders closer to the festival date. Tickets will be held at the door for pick-up on the evening of the performance.

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