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Collegiate Jazz Festival to feature all-star band

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame will host its 48th annual Collegiate Jazz Festival from March 1 to 4 (Wednesday to Saturday), co-headlined by the 2006 African American Jazz Caucus/Historically Black Colleges and Universities Student All-star Big Band.

The all-star band, which is organized by the International Association for Jazz Education’s African American Jazz Caucus, is composed of some 20 students from historically black colleges and universities who are selected annually through a blind audition process.

In addition to its appearance at the festival, the band also will present a special guest concert at 4p.m. March 3 at the Notre Dame Downtown office, 217 S. Michigan St., South Bend. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

This year’s jazz festival features bands representing Temple, Millikin, Northeastern Illinois, Western Michigan, and Portland State Universities; the Universities of Nebraska and Louisville; Alma College and Notre Dame, all competing before a panel of distinguished judges. The event also includes a traditional judge’s jam, featuring the Clayton Brothers Quintet.

Sponsored by the SUB, all festival events are open to the public and free of charge for students and those under 18. For all others, tickets ($5 for both nights or $3 for one night) are available in advance at the LaFortune Student Center box office.

The all-star band’s Notre Dame visit is sponsored by the University’s College of Arts and Letters; Offices of the President, Student Activities, Student Affairs and Undergraduate Admissions; Multicultural Student Programs and Services; Departments of Music and Africana Studies; and the Student Union Board (SUB), as well as All-star Band Subsidy and the Boehnen Fund for Excellence in the Arts.

Contact: Jimmy Flaherty, SUB, 574-631-7757,

Originally published by Julie Flory at on February 23, 2006.