Jazz Fest 2019 brings renowned musicians to UofL for concerts and classes


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Acclaimed saxophone player Charles McPherson and trumpeter Vince DiMartino will headline the School of Music’s 27th annual Jazz Fest Feb. 13-16.

     Jazz Fest brings jazz music’s most celebrated names to Louisville for concerts, workshops, master classes and comradery for players and the public alike.

    The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 with an International Night featuring students and faculty from the Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador, and the Brazilian Choro Duo, which includes Vadim Arsky on saxophone and Tabajara Belo on guitar.

    UofL Repertoire Ensembles will play at 8 p.m. Feb. 14.

    McPherson, an alto saxophonist, will perform with UofL’s Jazz Ensemble I and Faculty Combo at 8 p.m. Feb. 15. McPherson has toured widely, playing with the greatest names of jazz in concerts and festivals. He was recently featured at New York City’s Lincoln Center playing his original compositions and arrangements.

    At 8 p.m., Feb. 16, Trumpeter DiMartino will also play with UofL’s Jazz Ensemble I and Faculty Combo. DiMartino is a distinguished artist in residence at Centre College, where he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles and jazz history. He received the Kentucky Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

    UofL’s Jazz Fest celebrates America’s indigenous music and is part of the university’s observance of Black History Month.

    All concerts are in the School of Music, 2301 S. Third St. Performances on Feb. 15 and 16 are $20 for general admission and $10 for student tickets. Tickets may be purchased in the School of Music lobby. For more information or a full schedule of events, call 502-852-6907 or visit louisville.edu/music


    EDITORS NOTE: An image of McPherson is attached.

    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.