Traditional Jazz Series 2021 2022

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Jazz is alive and well at UNH. Join us for season 43!

All concerts begin at 8 pm and take place in Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center
Concerts that will be livestreamed can be purchased at
(Due to artist agreements, not all concerts will be livestreamed)

Tickets are $12 General Admission and $10 for students and seniors


Concert 262

Monday, October 18, 2021

The musicians of Artemis first assembled as a band for a 13-city European Jazz Festival tour in summer 2017. Named “Artemis” after the Greek goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, the twin sister of Apollo, the patron and protector of young girls and the goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity, the musicians released their debut album for famed Blue Note Records in September 2020. The album features original compositions, written and arranged by the band members. The group features musical director Renee Rosnes on piano, Anat Cohen on clarinet/soprano saxophone, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Nicole Glover on tenor sax, Noriko Ueda on bass, and Allison Miller on drums.




The Jazz Professors

Concert 263

Monday, November 8, 2021

Assembled by renowned drummer Carl Allen, The Jazz Professors features musicians who are teaching at the university level and perform at a very high level. These professors dispel the notion of “those who can’t play, teach.” Instead, they demonstrate those who can, teach and inspire others to do the same. Each of these musicians are leaders of their own groups, so we are fortunate to welcome this all-star group that includes pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Tia Fuller, bassist Rodney Whitaker, and trombonist Mitch Butler.


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Taylor O'Donnell

Concert 264

Monday, February 7, 2022

Acclaimed jazz vocalist, songwriter, and educator, Taylor O’Donnell performs with her most recent quartet using her origins in R&B, jazz, rock, and roots to sing with raw passion and dexterity. Her extensive repertoire includes music derived from jazz, rock, and roots styles to arrangements of beloved jazz standards and pop hits. Known for her exploratory use of vocal timbre and texture, her shows take listeners on a deep dive through the world of Joni Mitchell, free improvisation, rock & roll, lullabies, and original song. 




Gerald Clayton

Concert 265

Monday, April 4, 2022

(no livestream for this concert)

Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. Capturing the truth in each moment’s conception of sound comes naturally to Clayton. The son of beloved bass player and composer John Clayton, he enjoyed a familial apprenticeship from an early age. Clayton honors the legacy of his father and all his musical ancestors through a commitment to artistic exploration, innovation, and reinvention.




John Scofield

Concert 266

Saturday, April 30, 2022

(no livestream for this concert)

John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort : a stylistic  chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. A triple Grammy award winning artist with more than 40 recordings to his credit, Scofield has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove

music, jam band style and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm. 




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.