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The UMD Music Department Presents: The 43rd Annual Head of the Lakes JAZZ Festival March 18-19, 2016

Tom Harrell Jazz


It is my pleasure to announce that the 43rd Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will be held on the University of Minnesota Duluth [UMD] campus, Friday and Saturday, March 18th and 19th, 2016. This Festival will be non-competitive in nature, offering positive, learning-based experiences for young jazz ensembles and many outstanding performances. This year’s adjudicators will include C.J. Kocher from the University of South Dakota and Andy Nevala from the Jacksonville State University.


Featuring: Tom Harrell "Trio of Life"
Friday, March 18th - 7:30pm, Weber Music Hall
Adult Tickets: $18.00
Student Tickets: $6.00

Born in Urbana, Illinois and raised in Los Altos, California, Harrell studied music composition at Stanford University. After playing with Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, he moved to New York in the early 1970s to join the quintet of Horace Silver, with whom he made five albums. He's been based in New York since but is often on the road, performing to audiences world-wide. His musical associations includethose with Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the late 70s), Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Charlie Haden, ArtFarmer, Joe Lovano, Jane Monheit, Kathleen Battle, and Sheila Jordan, Philip Catherine, and Jim Hall. Over the course of his career, he's led his own trios, quartets, quintets, big bands, chamber orchestras and ensembles.

Harrell all but transcends musical labels. He's a jazz trumpeter known for his burnished tone and lyrical improvisational style but his music runs the gamut from the modal and melodic to uncommon modernisms that sonically broach the film soundtrack and/or the avant-garde. Never content to stay the course, he continues to explore and expand his musical vision with each new project. Colors of a Dream is in fact one of three projects he recorded in 2013, along with yet-to-be-released albums, Trip (with Mark Turner, Ugonna Okegwo and Adam Cruz) and First Impressions, a chamber ensemble recording for which he wrote arrangements of works by Debussy and Ravel. For almost 50 years, he has steadily created new music, building a formidable body of work. Harrell's discography is a mile long; he's made over 270 recordings, won Down Beat and JazzTimes polls many times over and has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards. His compositions are much in demand; among the many artists who've recorded or performed his work include Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Germany's WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Amsterdam's Metropole Jazz Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine and Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. 

For more information about Tom Harrell, visit his website:  Tom Harrell


Saturday, March 19th - 5:00pm - The Marshall Performing Arts Center
Adult Tickets - $15.00
Student Tickets - $7.00

KENNI HOLMEN is one of the most active recording and touring musicians from the Twin Cities area. Kenni has performed and recorded with many local, national and international artists over his twenty year career. Kenni has performed with Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, T.C. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Donny Osmond, at the Rev. Billy Graham Crusades, The Glen Miller Orchestra, Doc Severinson, Garrison Keillor, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra just to name a few. Kenni has recorded with Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Prince, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Ben Sidran, Baby Face, Mandy Moore, and many others. In addition to recording album projects and jingles, Kenni also writes, co-produces and has performed with New Age artist Lorie Line since 1993. This includes a performance at The White House in the Fall of 2000. Kenni was voted “Best Tenor Sax Player” by Twin Cities Reader Magazine. Kenni is also featured with Prince’s horn section called “The HornHeads” who have toured throughout the United States and Europe since 1992.

For more information about Kenni, visit his website:  Kenni Holmen
Jazz at UMD's Weber Hall

The Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 19th will include:

*Performances by UMD Jazz Ensembles

*Forty minutes of individualized time for your ensemble.  Most ensembles perform for about twenty minutes and are then critiqued by two clinicians for another twenty minutes.

*Adjudicators.  Including leading jazz educators from colleges across the country to adjudicate and clinic your ensembles and directors.  Recent adjudicators have included: Billy Taylor, Gene Aitken (UNC), Bob Kase (UWSP), Tom Matta (DePaul University), Bob Kleinschmidt (Tiffin University), John Salerno (UWGB), Terry Vermillion (St Cloud State) and many others.

*Non-competitive atmosphere.  This positive, learning-oriented approach has become a hallmark of the Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival.  No trophies or defeats, just jazz music, hard work and fun!

*Clinics. Numerous clinics will be given by the guest artists, UMD jazz faculty and by our adjudicators, all of whom are recognized leaders in their fields.

*Scholarships. The chance for instrumentalists to audition for a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth as a music major!

*Prizes.  Performance certificates and prizes will be awarded to individuals who offer outstanding performances during the day.

Please register for the festival online by the February 15th deadline so that we can hold a spot for your ensembles at this year's festival.  The fee for participants will be $200.00 per ensemble.  We will fill performance spots on a first-come, first-serve basis so get your reservation form in as early as possible!  Upon receipt of your registration fee, we will contact you regarding payment, group hotel rates and other information.

I look forward to seeing you this year and to hearing your ensembles perform!  If you have any questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact me at 218-726-6327 or by email at:  rfrane@d.umn.edu     

Ryan Frane