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Jazz Studies Program

9th Annual JSU Jazz Festival


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*There is a $125 participation fee for each ensemble. This covers the cost of plaques, clinicians, and our guest artist.

The 9th Annual Jazz Festival will be held April 10th, 2020. The JSU Jazz Festival is the only regional jazz festival in the state of Alabama that is primarily focused on education. Clinics will be provided throughout the day, in addition to performances by the JSU jazz faculty and jazz ensembles.

Guest Artist

We are very excited to announce that the guest artist for the 9th Annual Jazz Festival will be trumpeter Mike Williams!

Mike Williams served as lead trumpet player for the Count Basie Orchestra for 31 years. With the orchestra, he recorded over twenty cd's, three of which were Grammy winners.

 He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arkansas, Monticello, and is one of the professors of the Master of Music in Jazz Studies offered there.


Darren Kramer

     Darren is an Ableton Certified Trainer and is the organizer of the Denver Ableton User Group. His extensive and varied talents as a performer, composer, music technology expert and entrepreneur make him a rare talent, but his love for music and passion for teaching are what make Darren a valuable educator and certified trainer. After graduating from the University of Miami, Kramer moved to NYC and toured with diverse acts such as pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty, singing superstar Tom Jones, and the legendary jazz Broadway show, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, performed with dozens of popular artists, and has recorded on his own record label with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker.

Gene Inglis

     Gene Inglis, a graduate from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, has completed his 39th year teaching and his 9th year as Director of Bands at Saks High School in Anniston, Alabama. He retired as Director of Bands for Rome City Schools June 30, 2003, completing his 11th year at Rome High School, which was created in 1992. Prior to that, he was director for 12 years at West Rome High School and 6 years at West Rome Junior High School. His first position was at Scottsboro Junior High School in Scottsboro, Alabama. He served on the adjunct faculty of Berry College as the percussion instructor from 1980-2003.