Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival celebrates 51st year

Jones Auditorium - 03/20/18 - 03/25/18

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

High school and middle school jazz bands from all over Texas will converge to help celebrate the 51st Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, March 23-24.

This year’s featured guest, trombonist Michael Dease, will be performing with Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Jazz Band I during the 7 p.m. concert Saturday in Jones Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each and are available by calling the music department at 361-593-2803 or visiting them in room 112 of the Bellamah Music Building.

Performing at the Friday night concert in Jones Auditorium are Jazz Band IV, Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band III. Admission is free.

The Jazz Festival is expecting school bands from all over Texas, ranging from Austin to the north, Del Rio to the west, Victoria to the east and Mission to the south. 

About Michael Dease

Michael Dease was born in Augusta, Georgia and played the saxophone and trumpet before choosing the trombone when he was 17. In 2001, he moved to New York City to become part of the historic first class of jazz students at The Julliard School, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also established a reputation as a brilliant soloist, sideperson and leader.

His newest release, Reaching Out on Posi-Tone Records, connects his past with his future while honoring his idols and teachers. The album sends a message of discovery of older, lesser-known compositions and everyone working together to become stronger. Released this year, Reaching Out is Dease’s fifth album as a band leader and the 11th of his career.

Dease currently teaches jazz trombone at the renowned Michigan State University jazz program and also has been on the faculty at Queens College-CUNY, The New York School and Northeastern University. Many of his current and former students have successful careers in the music world. In addition to his regular teaching job, Dease has done master classes and residencies at the University of North Texas, Scranton University, University of Iowa, Florida State College, Broward College and many institutions abroad.

He is a two-time Grammy award winner, winner of Downbeat magazine’s Critic’s Poll for Rising Star Jazz Trombonist, and a sought-after lead, section and bass trombonist with today’s leading jazz orchestras. Dease’s experience with bands includes those led by Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Rufus Reid, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.

Dease’s unique blend of curiosity, hard work and optimism has helped him earn worldwide recognition, including awards from ASCAP, The International Trombone Association, Yamaha, Eastern Trombone Workshop, New York Youth Symphony and more. He was recently profiled in Cicily Janus’s book, The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends.

51st Annual Texas A&M University–Kingsville Jazz Festival 

March 23

Middle School/High School Jazz Band Competition

3 – 6:30 p.m.

Free Admission

Jones Auditorium 

Friday Evening Concert

7 p.m.

Featuring: Jazz Band IV, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band III, then the Awards Presentation   

Free Admission

Jones Auditorium 

March 24

High School Jazz Band Competition

Jones Auditorium:  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Recital Hall:  8:30 – 10 a.m.

Free Admission 

Saturday Evening Concert

7 p.m.

Featuring:  Jazz Band II, Awards Presentation, Jazz Band I with Michael Dease

Admission:  $7 per person  

Jones Auditorium