Franklin Jazz Festival


New this year, April 18th, 2015, “Jazz & Blues, Students & Pros”.  This will be student groups during the day, with Jazz Artist in the evening.
6:30 p.m.  The first artist group is DYNAMO

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.

8:00 p.m.  The Duffy Jackson Big Band
Featuring Legendary Jazz Drummer
Duffy Jackson 

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.

Special Note

During the day Duffy will be doing a free clinic/lecture in Jamison Hall that you don't want to miss.  This isn't just for drummers.  Duffy's a great entertainer full of stories from the legends of Jazz.  His program will get the whole group moving! 

Video of Duffy with Count Basie!

Video of Duffy's Band Today!

2015 Franklin Jazz Festival

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 10:00am 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 timeframes.  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.)
Jamison Hall Rehearsal  
 Each band will warm up and rehearse in Jamison Hall and perform in Liberty Hall.  Jamison Hall times will be one hour before the performance in Liberty Hall.  Each group has 25 minutes total time.  Jamison Hall will be equipped with a piano, a full drum set, bass and guitar amps, chairs & music stands, sufficient microphones and microphone stands, and sound engineer.  Approximately 15 minutes before a band’s scheduled rehearsal time, the Band Director and group should be in Jamison 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.  
NOTE:  Each band will have a maximum of 25 minutes on stage to set-up, perform, break down and exit the stage.
 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.  
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 February 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 tnbugle@aol.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
Bands will perform in class order beginning with Class A, then Class AA and then Class AAA.
Bands will be scheduled in 30-minute intervals for performance unless otherwise noted on the schedule.
At the printed time of performance, the band will be announced.
A festival guide will be assigned and at your disposal at the time you arrive. Guides are provided to assist, however, 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 Information
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.

The Franklin Jazz Festival is an equal opportunity, non-racially identifiable, organization that does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.  
We are pleased to add Verizon Wireless as a new Sponsor.

School Jazz Band Application

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