The Clark Terry UNH Jazz Festival
The annual UNH jazz festival features guest artists, UNH jazz faculty, the UNH Jazz Band, and high- and middle-school students from throughout New England.
The UNH jazz faculty enjoyed a long-standing relationship with jazz great, Clark Terry. In his honor and name, the Music Department holds an annual jazz festival. The festival includes adjudicated performances by high- and middle-school groups, clinics and performances by guest artists and UNH students, and gala concerts by guest artists and the UNH Jazz Band.
Each year, the festival attracts jazz groups from 55-60 high schools and middle schools throughout New England and New York. Performing groups include high school big bands, middle school big bands, jazz combos, jazz choirs, as well as solo vocalists. All groups are adjudicated and given written and recorded comments.
Jazz Fest 2017
Saturday, March 11
A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Potter’s music showcases limitless creativity and a vibrant sense of swing, prompting critics, musicians, and fans alike to cite him as the one of the finest saxophonists today. The New Yorker calls Potter, “A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle.” Throughout his career, Potter has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock, and has toured the world over with the Dave Holland Quintet, the Overtone Quartet, AZIZA, and the jazz-funk group, Chris Potter’s Underground. With an album set to release in 2017, the Chris Potter Quartet is the next chapter in Potter’s storied career.
More Than Four
Spanning two of the most musical cities in the US, vocal quartet More Than Four finds inspiration in close harmonies, soaring melodies, and innovative grooves. Bass Tsunenori “Lee” ABE, an award-winning composer and arranger, came up with the concept when he found that his brief hiatus from vocal groups was too much for him to handle, and contacted soprano Katya Dreyer-Oren, a vocalist and songwriter who was about to move to New York. They came up with an idea of a group that would span cities, genres, and formats. They joined up with alto Liz Tobias, an internationally acclaimed Australian vocalist based in Boston, and tenor Michael Johnson, a singer, songwriter from Colorado with PhD in Jazz Voice. Together, More Than Four has created an innovative, blended, unique sound that will capture your mind and steal your heart.
Evening Performance with UNH Faculty
Memorial Union Building
Granite State Room
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
In Memoriam: Clark Terry
Jazz great Clark Terry passed away on February 21, 2015. He was 94 years old. Terry was an affiliate professor of music at UNH. Emeritus Professor of Music Dave Seiler brought Terry to UNH in the mid-1970s to headline his new jazz festival. Thus started a long friendship between the two and an ongoing affiliation, with Terry returning to UNH annually to perform and record with scores of UNH students and faculty members. Terry led student tours of Europe and, in 1976, fronted the UNH Jazz Band that became the first college ensemble ever to play on an evening bill at the famed Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. UNH awarded Terry an honorary doctorate, his first, in 1978, and the Pettee Medal in 2002. More.