Marshall to Host 53rd Annual Winter Jazz Festival

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — Marshall University’s School of Music is hosting its 53rd annual Winter Jazz Festival in February.

The concert is scheduled for Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 at Smith Recital Hall on the main Huntington campus. University officials say the event will feature a guest performance by the Pete Mills B3 4tet.

Jeff Wolfe, director of jazz studies at Marshall, said this year’s festival will be a celebration of those who have kept music alive throughout the pandemic.

“The past two years have been difficult for musicians and music teachers,” Wolfe said. “The festival, which is one of the oldest of its kind in the country, signifies a rebirth and a celebration of those who have persevered through this pandemic by keeping music alive. Jazz, by its very nature, is triumphant music, which is a reflection of those who create it, play it and teach it to the next generation.

Friday and Saturday performances featuring the Pete Mills B3 4tet will begin at 6 p.m., according to university officials. In addition to the Pete Mills B3 4tet, the festival will feature performances from the MU Jazz Ensemble I, Jewel City Jazz Orchestra, MU Jazz Combo I, and regional high school and college jazz ensembles throughout the two days.

According to the university, the concerts will be streamed live on the MU School of Music YouTube channel. For more information, visit the music school website.

Willie J. Johnson