MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival coming in April

The 2022 MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival takes place on the MTSU campus on April 2 for high school students and the general public.

Festival honors legacy of tenor saxophonist/bandleader Illinois jacket, who came to prominence in the 1940s with the big bands of Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. To learn more about the Illinois Jacquet Foundation, visit

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.

For a $20 registration fee, students have access to all educational activities, including MTSU Student Performances, Student Jam Session, Guest Clinics, and the 5:30 p.m. Signature Concert featuring the winner of a Grammy. jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch. All events at Hinton Hall can be viewed online via the MTSU School of Music YouTube Live Stream at . The festival is packed with outstanding educational components, including:

  • Saturday 3:30 p.m. clinic invited by Downbeat magazines and grammys premium trumpeter Brian Lynch. Alumnus of the bands of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Eddie Palmieri, Brian will discuss his career as a jazz musician, composer, educator, provide insight into the trumpet and details on jazz improvisation. Mr. Lynch’s appearance is partially funded by a Distinguished Lecturer’s Fellowship from MTSU.

  • Saturday 5:30 p.m. Celebration Concert featuring MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, Grammy premium trumpeter Brian Lynch. Tickets for the night concert are provided for students and families of students, general public tickets are $10.

  • Saturday morning: MTSU combo performances for a highly respected jazz pianist, educator-referee, Bobbin Pat and faculty clinicians in a non-competitive format.

  • Saturday 10 a.m. jam session for visiting students and MTSU students led by MTSU students and faculty.

  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. MTSU Jazz Ensemble II performance, directed by Don Aliquo.

  • 2:15 p.m. Faculty Clinic the art of jazz in a small group speak MTSU Faculty Quintet, Brian Mueller (drums), Jonathan Wires (bass), Matt Endahl (piano), Jamey Simmons (trumpet) and Don Aliquo (saxophone). Topics include soloist/rhythm section interaction, jazz styles, song form, basic arrangement and musicality.

Registration for the festival is done on For more information, contact Jamey Simmons, [email protected] Registration for the event will be open until Thursday, March 31st.

Willie J. Johnson