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 2019
Saturday, March 9
Guest Artists TBA
Evening Performance with UNH Faculty
Memorial Union Building
Granite State Room
Apply to Jazz Fest
Jazz Fest Application 2019 will be posted here
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.