Jazz Events

Jazz Events

Revel in the sounds of the Friends University big bands and jazz combos. This jazz season includes appearances by world-class guest artists that you will not want to miss! Under the direction of Dr. Robert Brooks, the student jazz groups will entertain and amaze you with their talent and passion for playing the music of the jazz greats.

For more information on all Fine Arts events and ticket information, visit the Fine Arts Events & Tickets page.

Spring 2021 Events

Jazz Festival

Hybrid Event

Friends University is pleased to announce this year’s 28th annual Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 19th-27th. While the festival will look slightly different than in years past, it will also provide some exciting new events featuring impressive guest artists.

The festival will start on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with a Kick-Off Concert featuring the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, The Swingin’ Quakers Jazz Ensemble and local guest singer, pianist and songwriter, Rudy Love Jr. Limited in-person seating will be available to reserve at eventbrite.com/e/jazz-fest-kick-off-concert-tickets-139717596091. Covid safety protocols can be found here.

The next seven days of Jazz Fest will take place virtually on Friends University Jazz’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@FriendsUJazz). Featured posts will include high school jazz band highlights and honoring this year’s Stand Out Jazz Competition winner. Two remote recordings will also be released this week featuring Conjunto Latino de Friends University playing with notable guest artists: Tito Carrillo and Miguel Zenon.

Tito Carillo will perform in a single with the Conjunto Latino de Friends University released on Feb. 25th. He is master trumpeter and a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. Currently Carillo serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Illinois.

The single release on Feb. 26th will feature Miguel Zenón, a multiple Grammy nominee and internationally acclaimed saxophonist and composer. He is considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation and represents proudly his Puerto Rican heritage. His awards speak for themselves with being selected Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association in 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The closing event for Jazz Fest 2021 will be a free virtual performance on Feb. 27th 7:30 p.m.: Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of Jazz and Art. It is a joint collaboration with The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) and Friends University’s Multicultural Engagement department showcasing the journey of the Black creative community. Limited stream tickets will be available eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-the-past-present-and-future-of-jazz-and-art-tickets-139744853619.

All events are free of charge and open to the community. For more information on these events contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or visit friends.edu/finearts.

Check the event’s Facebook page for up-to-date information: https://fb.me/e/23uHUS317

Feb. 19-27, 2021

Jazz Department Showcase

Location TBD

Check the event’s Facebook page for up-to-date information: https://fb.me/e/cLPnPZpAS