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"Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival"

"The Big Phat Band provides testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz...a combination of crisp accuracy and fiery soloing." - Los Angeles Times

"Be on the lookout for a new giant (Conrad Herwig)." - Clark Terry

University of Missouri-St. Louis Presents

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Gordon Goodwin, Big Phat Band, Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All-Stars

Jim Widner, UM-St. Louis Jazz Ensemble, Festival Logo


Presenter:  University of Missouri-St. Louis

What:  2010 Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

Who:  Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All-Stars, UM-St. Louis Jazz Ensemble directed by Jim Widner

When:  Thursday - Saturday, April 15-17, 2010

Where:  Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121

Band Schedule:  Visit

Cost:  Evening concerts are $20 - $35Special Package:  Both nights at $25 each gets you best available seats in house.  * Special prices for UMSL alumni + employees, students/youth, seniors, retirees, and groups (students, small + large).

FREE clinics during the daytime. 

Tickets:  Visit, (314) 516-4949 or toll free (866) 516-4949  

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St. Louis, Missouri - March 25, 2010

Without the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival taking place April 15-17, it might not seem like Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) to thousands of music lovers.

An annual tradition for the last six years, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival is currently the only one of its kind held in the St. Louis area to bring in jaw-dropping talent renowned around the world.  This year's headliner features Grammy® Award winning talent Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat BandConrad Herwig, a highly sought after multiple Grammy ® Award nominee, is featured with his Latin Side All-Stars.

"People love the music (jazz).  Whether it's the musicians, improvisation or rhythmic feel," said University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) director of jazz studies and festival artistic director, Jim Widner.  This jazz festival is both entertaining and educational - concerts and clinics rolled into one.

The seventh annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival allows many students the chance to experience the dream of a lifetime, namely working shoulder-to-shoulder with their mentors.  The irony is that one of the lead trumpet players and the percussionist in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band were both former students of Jim Widner's during the late 70s.  This lends credence to Widner's passion for jazz education.  Today's students are tomorrow's icons.

The festival runs for three days and includes two concerts by professional jazz musicians and students, adjudicated student performances, and a series of clinics at the Touhill Performing Arts Center (TPAC) located on the UMSL campus.  Over 750 students from 44 groups and 32 schools registered to participate in the festival.  Although the event offers a strong educational component to its students and educators, everyone is welcome to attend.

Evening Performance:  Saturday, April 17 - 8 pm

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Populated by eighteen of the A-List musicians in Los Angeles, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band brings its contemporary, highly original sound to everyone from beboppers to head-bangers.  Featuring a grab bag of styles -- swing, Latin, blues, classical, rock -- Goodwin's technique makes his writing appeal to fans across the spectrum.  When you combine Gordon's composing, arranging, and playing skills with the band's crisp accuracy and fiery solos, it is easy to see why they are one of the most exciting, large jazz ensembles on the planet.  Gordon's witty, intricate, and hard-swinging  compositions have earned him one Grammy® Award, three Emmy® Awards, and eleven Grammy® Award nominations.  His cinematic scoring and orchestration craft can be heard on at least twelve major films.  Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, Toni Braxton, David Foster, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Brian McNight and Quincy Jones are a sampling of the artists with whom he has worked.  Ticket prices range from $20 - $25 - $35 and may be purchased at the Touhill Performing Arts Center ticket office by calling (314) 516-4949, toll-free (866) 516-4949 or online at

Evening Performance:  Friday, April 16 - 8 pm

Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All-Star Band
One of the most well-respected and in-demand jazz educators and sideman in the nation is triple Grammy® Award nominee Conrad Herwig.  His ongoing adventures meld traditional jazz with an innovative yet respectful approach to the roots of Latin music.  Herwig's trombone work lands him on top of the critic's best lists for exploration into the Latin sides of Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Miles Davis.  Over his 30-year career, the Rutgers University professor has worked with jazz giants Clark Terry, Paquito D'Rivera, Buddy Rich, Eddie Palmieri, Slide Hampton, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones.  Ticket prices range from $20 - $25 - $35, and may be purchased at the Touhill Performing Arts Center ticket office by calling (314) 516-4949, toll- free (866) 516-4949 or online at

Daytime Clinics:  April 15 - 17

The daily schedule includes large ensemble and combo clinics critiqued by world-renowned adjudicators, Conrad Herwig clinics and band performances.  Adjudicators include Jamey Aebersold, Lou Fischer, Ron Modell, Rick Condit, Dave Sieler, Pete Madsen and Allen Beeson.  All daytime band performances, artist clinics are FREE and open to the public. For a schedule of daytime band performance times, visit

Participating Schools

University of Missouri - St. Louis, Washington University, Lindenwood University, Meramec Community College, Genesis Jazz Project, Normandy H.S., DeSmet H.S., Parkway South H.S., Fort Zumwalt South H.S., Fort Zumwalt North H.S., Chaminade College Prepatory, Webster Groves H.S., Wentzville Holt H.S., Parkway Central H.S., St. Dominic H.S., Lafayette H.S., Belleville East H.S., Diamond H.S., North County H.S., Hannibal H.S., Park Hill South H.S., Lindbergh H.S., St. Charles West H.S., Hazelwood Central H.S., Fort Zumwalt West H.S., Branson H.S., Parkview H.S., Blue Valley West H.S., Parkway Central Middle, St. Joseph Cottleville Middle, Sperreng Middle, and Pleasant View Middle.

About University of Missouri - St. Louis

One of four universities in the University of Missouri (UM) system, UMSL was established in 1963. It is the youngest university in the UM system and the largest university by enrollment in the St. Louis area. The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, located on the UMSL campus, provides an extraordinary, world-class venue for faculty and students to showcase their talents and artistic innovation. A cultural classroom for the community, this state-of-the-art performance laboratory is a valued home to St. Louis and Midwest audiences. The Touhill symbolizes the university's commitment to integrate education, innovation and excellence.


The University of Missouri - St. Louis presents the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival.  Additional support comes from Bank of America, Contemporary Productions, Emerson, Maritz, THF Realty, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, and Mozingo Music.

For six (6) years at the UM-St. Louis, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with middle school, high school and university students to share and celebrate a truly American art form of music. It has featured thousands of students from various states in the Midwest region, as well as over 56 musicians from across the country including Clark Terry, Marilyn Maye, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Buddy DeFranco, John Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Mulgrew Miller, Shelly Berg, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Lou Marini and others. For more information about the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, visit or call (314) 516-4949, toll-free (866) 516-4949.
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