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 Clark Terry Headlines Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival
“Midwest Students Learn from Jazz Masters”

Al Hammerman

Who: University of Missouri – St. Louis and Jazz St. Louis (Friday)
University of Missouri - St. Louis and Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center (Saturday)

What: Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

When: Friday, April 21, 8:30 pm – 10:45 pm (10:00 am – 4:00 pm High School Combos)
Saturday, April 22, 8:00 pm (8:00 am – 5:00 pm High School Orchestras)

Where: Friday, Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington, St. Louis, MO 63103
Saturday, A-B Hall at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, 8001 Natural Bridge Rd, 63121

Cost: Friday: Afternoon=Free, Evening=$25, $10 Students with valid i.d.,
: Afternoon=Free, Evening=$10, $15, $20

INFO: For Friday event information visit or call (314) 534-1111 for tickets
For Saturday event information visit or call (314) 516-4949 for tickets

      St. Louis, MO (March 17) – The University of Missouri – St. Louis and the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center present the legendary Clark Terry, Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the world-class Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall. Joining Clark Terry are several guest artists: Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Tim Ries (saxophone), Jay Saunders (trumpet), Scott Whitfield (trombone), and Tom Matta (bass trombone). Add the UM-St. Louis Jazz faculty members Jim Widner (bass) and Ken Kehner (piano), along with the UM-St. Louis Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Widner, for an all-star finale!

      For the first time in festival history, Jazz St. Louis, a Des Lee Collaborative member, joins the event to co-present Friday’s programs on April 21. The evening All-Star performance features Jeff Hamilton (Friday only), Clay Jenkins, Tim Ries, Scott Whitfield, along with UM-St. Louis faculty members Jim Widner and Ken Kehner. The evening kicks-off with a
performance by Jazz at the Bistro’s THF Realty Student Ensemble.

      In addition to evening performances by the pros, the daytime portion of the two day festival plays host to high school ensembles and orchestras that perform for clinician’s comments. Nearly 500 students will move through both the Touhill Performing Arts Center and Jazz at the Bistro. The public can observe these free informal daytime performances.

      According to Jim Widner, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival is “the finest jazz education festival in this part of the country.” What is the university’s niche? In part, UM-St. Louis has hosted more jazz guest artists than any other higher learning institution in the St. Louis area this season. Although Widner continues to grow the university’s world-class jazz program, he assures us “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

About University of Missouri – St. Louis

      The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, located on the UM-St. Louis campus, now provides an extra- ordinary, world-class venue for faculty and students to showcase their talents of 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. It symbolizes the University’s commitment to integrate education, innovation and excellence.

      Don’t miss the legendary Clark Terry and guest artists on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center located on the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus. Admission is $10, $15, and $20. Observation of guest clinicians and high school orchestras takes place from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center for free. For more information about the Saturday performances, visit, or call (314) 516-4949 / toll free (866) 516-4949 for advance tickets.

      The All-Star groups perform on Friday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Jazz at the Bistro in the historic Grand Center Arts District. Admission is $25, and $10 for students with a valid i.d. Observation of guest clinicians and high school combos takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Bistro for free. For more information about the Friday performances, visit, or call (314) 534-1111 for advance tickets or (314) 289-4030 for Bistro information.

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Guest Artists
Friday, April 21
10:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
Jazz at the Bistro
(8) High School
Jazz Combos
Guest Clinicians:
Jeff Hamilton, Clay Jenkins
Scott Whitfield, Tim Ries
Friday, April 21
8:30 p.m.
10:45 p.m.
Jazz at the Bistro
All-Star Artists
Clay Jenkins, Tim Ries,
Jeff Hamilton, Scott Whitfield, Ken Kehner, Jim Widner
$10 for students with a valid i.d.
Jazz at the Bistro’s
THF Realty Student Ensemble
April 22
8:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
Performance Hall
UMSL-Touhill Center
(18) High School
Jazz Orchestras
Guest Clinicians:
Clay Jenkins, Tim Ries,
Jay Saunders, Scott Whitfield, Tom Matta
April 22
8:00 p.m.
Performance Hall
UMSL-Touhill Center
Legendary Clark Terry
+ University of Missouri Jazz Ensemble,
Jim Widner, Director
Clay Jenkins, Tim Ries, Jay Saunders, Scott Whitfield, Tom Matta, Ken Kehner

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

2006 Performing Artist Bio’s

About Clark Terry

      With a career that spans more than sixty years, Clark Terry returns to his hometown for an extraordinary performance during the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival. Known for his dialogue solos in which he plays responding phrases on open and muted trumpet, and for his incoherent scat singing, “Mumbles” (a parody of blues singers that he originated), Terry is also an enthusiastic educator. Having composed more than 200 jazz songs and authored three (3) books, C.T. is a brilliant (and very distinctive) soloist who possesses an exuberant, swinging, and fun jazz sound. He gained early experience playing trumpet in his native St. Louis during the early '40s (where he was an inspiration for Miles Davis). After performing in the Navy band during World War II, Terry gained a strong reputation playing with the big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Quincy Jones. A versatile swing/bop soloist who joined the NBC staff, Clark was a regular member of the Tonight Show Orchestra. In the 1960s he recorded a classic set with the Oscar Peterson Trio, and remained a major force throughout 1970s to present. Renowned as a world-class trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso, educator and NEA Jazz Master, Clark Terry has performed for seven U.S. Presidents, in more than fifty jazz festivals, and on all seven continents. This GRAMMY ® Award winner has received ~ 250 awards, has a star on the Walk of Fame, and has a life-sized wax figure in St. Louis’ Black World History Museum. In 2005 he was voted Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Expect C.T. to provide happiness in every note he plays.

About Jim Widner

     Jim Widner, Artist in Residence/Coordinator of Jazz Studies at UM-St. Louis, is an alumnus of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Glenn Miller big bands. Besides his role as Director of the UM-St. Louis bands and leader of the Jim Widner Big Band, Jim is a Yamaha national recording artist. He maintains an ambitious clinic and festival schedule at high schools and colleges throughout the US. He has performed with artists such as Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Bill Watrous, Mulgrew Miller, Louie Bellson, Randy Brecker, and Marilyn Maye.

About Clay Jenkins

      An Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Clay Jenkins’ career began with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Followed by a move to L.A., Clay was in demand as both a live performer and studio recording musician. He toured with the big bands of Harry James, Buddy Rich, and the Count Basie Orchestra, and has recorded with these select artists: Milt Jackson, Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra, Diana Krall, Peter Erskine, Rufus Reid, Ray Brown, Joe La Barbera, Kurt Elling, Dr. John, Jim Widner, Eric Reed, Bill Cunliffe, Billy Childs, and Karrin Allyson.

About Jeff Hamilton

      Mega star Jeff Hamilton brings originality and a driving, technical groove to his entertainment groups. Whether
it’s an appearance with Natalie Cole’s PBS Special, Oscar Peterson’s documentary, or performances with his own trio, Hamilton is always in demand. He has performed on seven (7) GRAMMY ® Award Winning albums, and was recently voted #1 Jazz Drummer 2006 by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine. A member of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, his early breaks were playing with the L.A. 4, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, the Monty Alexander Trio, Lionel Hampton’s Band, and the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The L.A. Jazz Society awarded Jeff and John Clayton “Musicians of the Year 2006.” He has performed with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the Count Basie Orchestra, and Rosemary Clooney to Diana Krall. Jeff has accrued over 200 recordings with the likes of Milt Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, and Harry “Sweets” Edison..

About Tim Ries

      A versatile and thoughtful saxophonist and composer, Tim Ries just returned from a second world tour with the Rolling Stones. Assisted by Keith Richards and Norah Jones, Ries put together a CD of Rolling Stones tracks recorded in a jazz style. Tim has collaborated with jazz artists Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Maynard Ferguson, and Red Garland. He has written over one hundred compositions in both the jazz and classical idioms. Not to mention, a Verve release with the Joe Henderson Big Band won him a GRAMMY ® Award. His other recording and performance credits include work with such diverse talents as Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Stevie Wonder, Incognito, Blood Sweat & Tears, and David Lee Roth.

About Scott Whitfield

      Internationally recognized trombonist Scott Whitfield is rapidly gaining applause for his work with contemporary big bands. A frequent clinician and guest artist for Bach Stradivarius trombones, Whitfield has appeared from Australia to Zurich where he shares his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. As a jazz faculty member at Rutgers University, he taught from 1998-2002. Prior to that, he had settled in NY in the early 90s where he joined the Nat Adderly Sextet. The group led to associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, and Steve Turre. His arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and others. Currently, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra has two incarnations in the East (NY) and West (LA). Whitfield’s writing has been compared to: Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Gerald Wilson, and Rob McConnell.

About Jay Saunders

      An instructor in Jazz Studies and graduate of the highly acclaimed University of North Texas, there is no doubt you have heard Jay Saunders as lead trumpet for broadcasts by CNN, HBO, The Golf Channel, ESPN radio, Warner Brothers and Paramount TV themes, the BBC, and VOA. He is well-known for his years as lead trumpeter with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Kenton clinics. At the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room he backed performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, and hundreds of others. He has performed and taught in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for Summer Musicals, Symphony Orchestra’s, and the Pops Series since the early 1980s.

About Thomas Matta

     An active performer, writer, and educator, Tom Matta has performed extensively across North America, Europe, and New Zealand. He is one of the most sought-after bass trombonists in Chicago’s recording studios, concert halls, and theater pits. Matta has performed and recorded with a diverse array of talents including the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Jimmy Heath, Frank Sinatra, Jr., The Colorado Symphony, Concertante di Chicago, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by premier orchestras, big bands and chamber ensembles worldwide. Recently, Tom was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the DePaul University School of Music, where he has been teaching since 1995. He also teaches at the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps.

About Ken Kehner

      A jazz piano and combo leader, Ken Kehner has been a featured soloist with several orchestra’s throughout the Midwest. He is a Jazz Piano Instructor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and is on staff with the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camp Series. Kehner has a degree in Piano Performance from Truman State University where he also earned his Master’s and served as an adjunct jazz instructor. You can hear Ken perform regularly with the Jim Widner Big Band. He has appeared with such noted artists as Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, and Jim Widner.

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

2006 Artists Quotes


“I had never heard a trumpet player in my life like Clark. I still haven’t.” – Quincy Jones

“… none of the prime authorities on the subject say, ‘Clark Terry did this sixteen years ago.’”
- Duke Ellington

“He’s (Clark Terry)…one of the best in the world at playing it, if not the best.” – Miles Davis

“My favorite trumpet player (Clark Terry).” – Louie Armstrong

“Clark Terry is one of contemporary music’s great innovators, and justly celebrated for his
great technical virtuosity, swinging lyricism, and impeccable good taste.” – Chuck Berg


“I was very thrilled to witness the work…by my ol’ buddy Jim Widner whose expertise in the field of jazz education proved invaluable in putting this masterful CD (Yesterdays & Today) together.” – Clark Terry

“You…gave all your children a chance to shine while you supplied
them with a great swingin’ foundation.” – Louie Bellson


"…one of today's brightest trumpet voices. (Clay Jenkins)" – Chuck Berg, Jazz Times

"Clay's music is warm and engaging." – Chick Corea


“Always evident is…the colorful work of the rhythm section featuring…the
sensitivity and sizzle of Jeff Hamilton’s seasoned drums.”
Jazz Times


"I thought what Tim recorded was amazing. The playing is beautiful, too - Tim always has
such a beautiful sound." - Rolling Stones Guitarist, Keith Richards, DOWNBEAT

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

2006 Artist Photos

(High-Resolution, Downloadable Photos):
Clark Terry 1, Clark Terry 2, Clark Terry 3
Jim Widner 1 Jim Widner 2
Clay Jenkins 1
Jeff Hamilton 1 Jeff Hamilton 2
Tim Ries 1
Scott Whitfield 1
Jay Saunders 1
Tom Matta1
Ken Kehner
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