Eau Claire Jazz Festival returns – The Spectator
Join UW-Eau Claire jazz students, professional jazz musicians, and jazz enthusiasts for the Eau Claire Jazz Festival on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
Patrick Hull, President of Eau Claire Jazz Inc.said the Eau Claire Jazz Festival is one of the nonprofit’s community events.
“Our work continues year-round, providing valuable real-world experiences for our dedicated student interns,” Hull said. “Provide scholarships to UWEC students and build key relationships with business leaders, sponsors, music venues and community organizations.”
Hull said the organization has a unique character partnership with UW-Eau Claireallowing them to invest in the community, education and the arts.Eau Claire Jazz Inc. is hiring student interns to help plan and run the festival, including fourth-year organizational communications student Anna Loughridge and third-year music education student Kate Rosenberger.
Loughridge said interning as co-festival director for the festival and helping manage the intern team is the perfect way for her to gain experience in fine arts administration, which she plans to pursue after graduation.
As a logistics management trainee, Rosenberger said she developed communication, organizational and time management skills and relationships with group managers that will serve her well in the future as a music educator.
The festival consists of a jazz tour, a series of concerts with guest jazz musicians, student sessions and masterclasses, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., the jazz crawl will take over Barstow Street, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
“The jazz crawl is one of the signature events of the festival, bringing thousands of jazz enthusiasts to downtown Eau Claire to witness a number of the great musical acts that fill so many historic downtown businesses. “, said Hull.
Robert Baca, a UW-Eau Claire trumpet and jazz studies teacher and artistic director of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, launched the jazz crawl in 2013 as a tribute to the jazz mecca of New York’s historic 52nd Street, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
Hull said this year’s jazz crawl has 17 live venues and an outdoor stage in Haymarket Plaza to showcase student and professional jazz musicians.
Students from UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I will perform with singer Diane Schuur and saxophonist Donny McCaslin during the concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Center Pablo at La Confluence, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
In addition to being an intern student, Rosenberger said she also plays trumpet in Jazz Ensemble I and is excited to play with Schuur and McCaslin.
“It’s always inspiring to work with guest artists and to be able to see how they interact with the band and with us as students,” Rosenberger said.
During the student sessionsnationally known music teachers are brought in to judge local school bands, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
Schools have the opportunity to win free instruments from Schmitt Music and Morgan Music and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony before the concert series, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
Schuur, McCaslin and other guest jazz musicians will teach master classescovering topics like a musician’s guide to freelancing, how to play your instrument at a high level, and how to manage a section effectively, according to Eau Claire Jazz Inc.
“The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is an event that students and community members won’t want to miss,” Rosenberger said. “It will be two days full of great masterclasses, great music and fun.”
More information can be found at Eau Claire Jazz Festival website.
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