Franklin Jazz Festival
25TH Annual Franklin Jazz Festival
“Jazz & Blues, Students & Pros”
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN
In conjunction withWilliamson County Cultural Arts Commission
The 2015 Franklin Jazz Festival is celebrating its twenty fifth year. The festival has the distinction of being not only one of the longest running, but also one of the top jazz festivals in the Southeast. The Franklin Jazz Festival stage will be located in Liberty Hall, along with arts, crafts, food and beverages. The art that will be displayed and sold is provided by this year’s nonprofit beneficiary, the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission. The WCCAC exists to promote, encourage, educate, and advocate the cultural arts in Williamson County Tennessee. This year’s festival has moved to the spring to facilitate this year’s theme, “Jazz & Blues, Students & Pros”, which shines the light on middle Tennessee’s school jazz programs. School groups will perform during the day and professional groups will perform in the evening. At 6:45 p.m. the group “DYNAMO” will perform. The Nashville-based band (with numerous Belmont University graduates) is an amazing national touring act. Their unique sound comes from a combination of aggressive instrumental fusion and catchy vocal hooks derived from R&B and funk roots. 7:45 p.m. The Adam Nitti Band will be playing their unique style of Jazz. Adam Nitti has emerged as one of the cutting edge bassists and composers in the world of instrumental jazz and rock. Their high energy sound and amazing display of musicianship will have the crowd spell bound.
At 8:45 p.m. this year’s headliner “The Duffy Jackson Big Band”, will step onto the stage. Born and raised in Jazz, Duffy Jackson has been performing since the age of four, when his father, legendary jazz bassist, Chubby Jackson, gave him his first set of drums. The day after high school graduation, Jackson packed his bags for California to play a three-week stint at Shelly's Mannhole with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. By his 18th birthday, Jackson was touring the country with Lena Horne. Since that time Duffy Jackson's powerful, swinging style has driven such big name bands as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton and Illinois Jacquet. He's also performed with such Jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Harry "Sweets" Edison to name a few.
We are excited to have WMOT on board and in attendance this year!!!
11:00 a.m. - Doors Open
11:30 a.m. - Franklin HIgh School Jazz Band
Noon - Williamson County Jazz & Rock Youth Group
12:45 p.m. - Whitthorne Middle School Jazz Band
1:30 p.m. - Oakland Middle School Jazz Band
2:15 p.m. - School Jazz Band (TBA)
3:00 p.m. - Ensworth High School Jazz Band
4:00 p.m. - Hendersonville High School Jazz Band
4:30 p.m. - Tennessee State University Jazz Band
5:15 p.m. - Middle Tennessee State University Combo
6:00 p.m. - Vanderbilt University's Blair Big Band
The Nashville-based band Dynamo is a nationally touring act. Their unique sound comes from a combination of aggressive instrumental fusion and catchy vocal hooks derived from R&B and funk roots. Formed in late 2012, the band released their debut album in early 2014. Live at Ocean Way is a live album recorded in front of a studio audience. Upon their return from the road, Dynamo recorded their sophomore live album in late 2014 to be released in April of 2015.
Adam Nitti Band
Adam Nitti has emerged as one of the cutting edge bassists and composers in the world of instrumental jazz and rock. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Adam currently has 3 CD’s released on his own Renaissance Man Records label. Adam has toured with the Dave Weckl band, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, the Justice League, and Angie Aparo, and has also performed with such legendary artists as Scott Henderson, T Lavitz, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Kirk Covington, Susan Tedeschi, Wayne Krantz, and many others.
(Click on the picture below to hear this amazing band!)
The Duffy Jackson Big Band
Featuring Legendary Jazz Drummer
Born and raised in Jazz, Duffy Jackson has been performing since the age of four, when his father, legendary Jazz Bassist, Chubby Jackson, gave him his first set of drums. "He had a fantastic feeling for rhythms", remarked the elder Jackson; whose own rhythmic pulse sparked the Woody Herman Orchestra during the 1940's.
By the age of ten, Duffy had built up quite a reputation as the "Jazz Wonderkind", making national television appearances on "I've Got a Secret", "The Mike Douglas Show" and other shows. The day after high school graduation, Jackson packed his bags for California to play a three-week stint at Shelly's Mannhole with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. On the heels of that engagement, he hopped a plane for New York to record with Monty Alexander. By his 18th birthday, Jackson was touring the country with Lena Horne. At 20 he was performing in concert with Sammy Davis, Jr., appearing in the popular weekly TV show, "Sammy & Company". Since that time Duffy Jackson's powerful, swinging style has driven such big name bands as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton and Illinois Jacquet. He's also performed with such Jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Harry "Sweets" Edison to name a few.
In addition to his extensive performance and recording experiences, Duffy has been active as an educator, teaching at the University of Miami, Youngstown University, Valdosta State College, and Florida Atlantic University. He has served as guest artist/educator for the Collegiate Band Program at Walt Disney World. He conducts rhythm section and improvisational workshops for elementary, high school and college students.
Video of Duffy with Count Basie!
Video of Duffy's Band Today!
2015 Franklin Jazz Festival
INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL JAZZ BANDS
The 2015 Franklin Jazz Festival will include 14 school jazz bands that are from schools located in middle TN. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with their peers from other schools, and have up close and personal access to professional, regional, and touring jazz musicians while engaging in a friendly performance experience. The festival will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th at “The Factory at Franklin. Each band will have a maximum of 25 minutes on stage to set-up, perform, break down and exit the stage. Bands must adhere to these time frames. Band Directors may select compositions of their choice to perform, however, the entire program must be Jazz orientated, (i.e. Swing Jazz, Bebop Jazz, Latin Jazz, or Funk Jazz) and at least 2 of the 3 selections must be of contrasting styles.)
PERFORMANCE TIME FRAMES AND LOGISTICS
Each band will perform in Liberty Hall. Each group has 25 minutes total time. Liberty Hall will be equipped with a piano, a full drum set, bass and guitar amps, grand piano, chairs & music stands, sufficient microphones and microphone stands, and sound engineer. Approximately 30 minutes before a band’s scheduled time, the Band Director and group should be in Liberty Hall. While backline will be provided, schools may choose to bring their own equipment. However, on-stage time will not be extended beyond 25 minutes. Schools must bring all of their own percussion equipment, including vibraphones.
All band directors must register their group online at FranklinJazzFestival.com
The performance rules are as follows:
•On-stage time may not exceed 25 minutes including set-up, performance, breakdown and exit;
•The entire performance must be Jazz-oriented (i.e. Swing Jazz, Bebop Jazz, Latin Jazz, or Funk Jazz);
•Two of the three selections must be of contrasting styles;
•Directors are encouraged to vary the tempo of the selections and demonstrate the use of dynamics.
The members of the combo may attend different schools, however, combos must be sponsored by a school Band Director or the Director of a non-profit 501c3 jazz music youth organization. Combos must have a minimum of 2 performers and a maximum of 9 performers.
BAND AND COMBO REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND FEES
You must complete the registration form online at FranklinJazzFestival.com. or by calling us at 615-479-7751.
The registration fee is $100.00 received on or before March 18, 2015 and $125.00 for registrations received after March 18th, 2015. Your registration fee must be mailed to: Franklin Jazz Festival, P.O. Box 140835, Nashville, TN 37214. Checks should be made payable to: Franklin Jazz Festival. You may also pay by credit card or PayPal on the site or by calling the Franklin Jazz Festival at 615-479-7751 for assistance.
Performances held in Liberty Hall will require a ticket to attend. The Band Director, participating band students, and any chaperones for schools will each receive 1 complimentary all-access general seating pass for the entire event.
Interested school directors should submit the online application form located at FranklinJazzFestival.com as soon as possible. There are a limited amount of performance times, and as you know, many school groups are looking for a venue to perform. You may contact us by calling 615-479-7751 or by e-mailing email@example.com, or contact us through the web site, FranklinJazzFestival.com with any questions.
Up to 14 school bands are accepted to perform at the Franklin Jazz Festival. Bands are chosen as a result of their application or past performance at the festival. Bands applying must furnish complete an online registration form
At the printed time of performance, the band will be announced.
It is the band director’s responsibility to meet all time guidelines.
Video/DVD equipment and tape recorders are allowed in the performance area.
Ticket prices cover entire event
GENERAL ADMISSION $10 in advance, $15 at the door
*All advanced RESERVED and GROUP tickets sold ONLY online at FranklinJazzFestival.com through April 10th, 2015. All sales after this date will be handled at the door on the day of the event.
Participating students, directors, chaperons, children under 11 and active military are free.
AFM Local #257 - $5 discount at the door.
The Franklin Jazz Festival is an equal opportunity, non-racially identifiable, organization that does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.
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