NDSU Music to Host Jazz Festival

February 2, 2012

NDSU Music welcomes jazz musicians James Miley and Eric Richards as guest performers and adjudicators at the annual High School Invitational Jazz Festival, February 10-11, 2012.  Under the direction of Dr. Kyle Mack, the Jazz Festival will feature 21 regional high school jazz ensembles who will work with the guest artists throughout the weekend and participate in a concert on February 11 at 7:00 PM in Festival Concert Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public. 

Composer and jazz pianist James Miley, recipient of the prestigious IAJE/ASCAP Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, has been a featured composer at the International Jazz composers Symposium in Tampa, FL and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006.  His work has been commissioned by many of the top university and high school big bands in the nation and he has appeared as guest composer at numerous festivals throughout the country.

Dr. Eric Richards is the Assistant Professor of Composition and Jazz Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Challey School of Music.  He is a composer/arranger, conductor, trombonist, and educator active in a wide range of musical media and styles.  Richards was chosen in 2006 from a select group of composers to present an original work for jazz orchestra at the inaugural International Jazz Composition Symposium at the University of South Florida. 

Additional information about the Jazz Festival can be found online at www.ndsu.edu/finearts.

James Miley Eric Richards
James Miley, piano
Eric Richards, trombone


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