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 38th Annual KU Jazz Festival
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Jerry Bergonzi, saxophone »Jerry Bergonzi, saxophone

Friday night, March 7—with the KU Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band

Tenor saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi, is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. Relentless drive, inner fire, total command, awesome technique, elastic lyricism, rich resonance, world-class, a musical visionary, are among the rave reviews credited to his sound. Bergonzi’s music has been applauded throughout the world at festivals, concert halls, and jazz venues and his dedication to jazz music has been well documented by an extensive discography of over 150 sides. Learn more about Jerry Bergonzi.


Marshall Gilkes, trombone » Marshall Gilkes, trombone

Saturday night, March 8—with KU Jazz Ensemble I

Trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes is forging new grounds and receiving high acclaim from critics around the world.

Born in Camp Springs, Maryland, Mr. Gilkes spent his childhood growing up in many different parts of the United States traveling with his father, a musician in the Air Force, including Washington D.C., New Hampshire, New Jersey, Alabama, Illinois, and Colorado. Mr. Gilkes currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Gilkes has been voted a “Rising Star” each of the the past four years in Downbeat magazine’s annual critics poll, and he has received critical acclaim from audiences and journalists around the world. In 2003 Mr. Gilkes was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. As a leader, Mr. Gilkes has three critically acclaimed releases. Marshall Gilkes Quartet “Edenderry”(2004), Marshall Gilkes “Lost Words” 2008, and Marshall Gilkes “Sound Stories” 2012. All three albums showcase Mr. Gilkes’ unique composition style of which Jazz Review.com had the following to say. “As a composer Gilkes’ writing will most assuredly soon show up in the repertoire of collegiate combos; it’s supremely artful as a wonderful jumping off point for improvisations and intricate enough that it’s performance will make wonderfully mature study material for young artists.” Learn more about Marshall Gilkes.


Friends of the School of Music

Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Smithyman & Zakoura Chartered and KU Music Concert Series 2014-2015

Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually