43rd Annual KU Jazz Festival

BIRD@100: A Tribute to Charlie Parker

KU School of Music

Performances by:

  • Bobby Watson, saxophone
  • Mike Rodriguez, trumpet
  • Helen Sung, piano
  • KU Jazz Ensemble I and the Festival All-Star Big Band

For 43 years, the KU Jazz Festival has been one of the focal points for jazz performance and education in the central United States. The festival has annually provided the region with a wonderful opportunity to hear and learn from world-class jazz musicians and educators, and is open to all college, high school and junior high/middle school big bands and jazz combos.

Evening concerts feature a first-rate lineup of some of the most important and exciting musicians in the world of contemporary jazz, while daytime clinics and master classes with these and other artists allow students and community members to interact with them outside of the concert hall.

Festival schedule:

  • 8:00 am:  FREE • High School and Middle School/Junior High Big Band and Combo Performances: clinics and master classes—Lied Center & Murphy Hall
  • 4:30 pm:  FREE • Announcement of 2020 Outstanding High School and Middle School Ensembles and Outstanding Soloists—Lied Center
  • 7:30 pm:  TICKETS REQUIRED • Evening Concert—Lied Center 
  • 9:45 pm:  FREE • After Hours Jazz Session—The Oread Hotel, All Seasons Den): MATT OTTO QUARTET, featuring TJ Martley, Jeff Harshbarger and Brandon Draper.

2019-20 KU Jazz Ensemble

School of Music KU Jazz Festival webpage

Artist photos

Bobby Watson

Helen Sung, pianist

Matt Otto

Mike Rodriguez

1600 Stewart Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045

Ticket Office
 785-864-2787
Weekdays: Noon–5:30 pm

Performance Day
Open at least one hour prior to all ticketed performances.

Administrative Office
Email: lied@ku.edu


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