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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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.

WSU Honor Jazz Festival Pro Jam Session

We are trying a new event this year associated with the annual high school honor jazz festival, November 14-15, 2014. We are asking our guest artist - bassist, Gerald Stockton - to stick around for an extra day, and we are connecting with Dave Hagedorn up at St. Olaf College to partner with a percussion event he is hosting the following week with Brad Dutz and Chris Wabich from Los Angeles. The result is a tour de force of guest artists - Stockton, Dutz and Wabich - along with Hagedorn and Rich MacDonald, presenting a couple of sets of spontaneous, wide-open jazz! We are also asking other members of the WSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble to sit in.....should be a lot of fun!

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


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