Jazz at Winona State University

Jazz is an inclusive art form that opens doors for creativity in a variety of disciplines. As one of the few truly American artistic traditions, jazz transcends boundaries of culture, race and economics to form a bond of commonality with participants as well as enthusiasts. WSU seeks to provide an outlet for jazz musicians of all levels to experience the art of improvisation. This arts process expands students’ ability to adapt to circumstances in all walks of life.

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Mark Your Calendar.....Fall Ed's Dates

The dates have been set for the jazz nights at Ed's for fall, 2014. They will take place on Thursdays from 8-11 pm.
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 11
Also, we are presenting the first of what we hope will be an annual Honor Jazz Band Festival Pro-Jam. This event will take place Sunday, November 16th, at Ed's No-Name Bar on the corner of 3rd and Franklin Streets, from 6 to 9pm. The Pro-Jam will feature the following artists:Dave Hagedorn, vibist from the twin cities area; Brad Dutz, percussionist from Los Angeles; Chris Wabich, steel pan and drumset artist from Los Angeles; Gerald Stockton, bassist and composer/arranger from Orlando, FL (guest artist for the High School Honor Jazz Festival, November 14-15); Rich MacDonald, drums; and members of the WSU Faculty Jazz Sextet. Admission is free and free will donations for Friends of Jazz will be accepted.

Eleventh Annual High School Honor Jazz Festival

The Eleventh Annual High School Honor Jazz Festival will take place November 14-15, 2014. The festival will feature high school jazz students from around the region and special guest bassist, arranger, and composer Gerald Stockton. Information for students and directors can be found by clicking here.
Gerald was born in South Africa into a musical family. He was part of the club and recording scene in South Africa at an early age. His formal studies brought him to the University of North Texas where he was a member of the world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band.
After touring worldwide with singer Andy Williams, Gerald settled down in the Dallas area. He became a successful studio and gigging musician as well as a writer and producer for radio and TV. Currently, Gerald makes his home in Orlando and is an active part of the local music scene.

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