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2021-2022 43rd SEASON will be announced soon!

2020-2021/ 42nd SEASON

Jazz is alive and well at UNH!

Check this page frequently for concert updates.

all events are subject to cancelation on short notice.


Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ralph Peterson, a tremendous musician who was scheduled to perform on the Traditional Jazz Series this spring. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ralph’s family and friends as they celebrate his life and musical legacy. Mr. Peterson was a beloved friend and colleague to musicians around the world, especially in his home state of Massachusetts, where he had a long tenure of teaching at the Berklee School of Music. If you would like to listen to some of Ralph’s music and learn more about his musical endeavors, we invite you to visit his website at 




Joey DeFrancesco

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8 pm via livestream from Johnson Theatre

DeFrancesco, the three time Grammy award nominee, with more than 30 recordings as a leader under his belt, has received countless Jazz Journalist Association awards and other accolades worldwide. He was inducted into the inaugural Hammond Organ Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 2016. In addition, He has topped the Critics Polls in Down Beat magazine eleven times over the past fifteen years and The Readers Polls every year since 2005. You won’t want to miss this swinging concert! 



The Two Tuckers

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8 pm
via livestream from Johnson Theatre

Mike Tucker and Tucker Antell blew the roof off of Scullers Jazz Club back in December 2019 when presenting their first ever appearance together in a small group format.  Exhibiting both blazing fast technique combined with a sensitivity rarely found in younger tenor players, while at the same time paying homage to past two-tenor combinations, Mike and Tucker are sure to impress once again on the Johnson Theater stage.  Ryan Parker’s trio supports the two with Ryan on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass, and UNH drum instructor extraordinaire Les Harris, Jr on drums.





Kenny Garrett

Monday,  May 3, 2021 at 8 pm
via livestream from Johnson Theatre

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. 




Soggy Po' Boys

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8 pm
via livestream from Johnson Theatre

Born on a snowy Fat Tuesday night of 2012, the Soggy Po' Boys have been honing their craft of New Orleans' music in their Tuesday residency in their home town of Dover New Hampshire. The New Orleans flavored septet doesn’t just play their weekly gig and call it at that. No, they fit in more than a hundred shows every year, from festivals and concerts to politics-infused burlesque collaborations and street parades. Part of the beauty of New Orleans music is that it's celebrated and appreciated wherever it goes, from the street to the theater. The Po' Boys are doing their part to spread the greatest music on earth around their home in New England and when touring, throughout the rest of the country. The Soggy Po' Boys serve their jazz messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition.




The Traditional Jazz Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Dorothy C. Prescott. Ms. Prescott, in collaboration with the UNH Music Department, inaugurated the Series in 1979 as a way to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the art of jazz. The Series features musicians of regional, national and international prominence and has become an important tradition at the University of New Hampshire. Learn more.


More Livestream Jazz at UNH

UNH Jazz Bands 
Nathan Jorgensen, director
Friday, March 12 at 8 pm

UNH Jazz Combos
David Newsam and Mark Shilansky, directors
Tuesday, April 20 at 8 pm

UNH Jazz Bands
Nathan Jorgensen, director
Monday, April 26 at 8 pm