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Northwest Missouri State University

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2017 Northwest Jazz Festival

Northwest Missouri State University is proud to invite middle school and high school jazz ensembles and combos to the annual Northwest Jazz Festival on Friday, February 24, 2017. This year’s festival will feature the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Scotty Barnhart. They will present a 5 p.m. jazz clinic, free of charge, followed by their 7:30 p.m. performance at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts on the Northwest campus.

The Northwest Jazz Ensemble will perform at noon with several guest soloists. All the day’s events (with the exception of the 7:30 p.m. performance) are free and open to the public.

If you wish for students/parents/directors to attend the 7:30 p.m. Count Basie Orchestra performance, Northwest has arranged for a special ticket price of $10 each for festival participants. Please indicate how many tickets you need in the field below and I will send an invoice to you for the total amount (fees plus tickets for the evening concert). The Count Basie Orchestra appears courtesy of Northwest Missouri State University and the Missouri Arts Council.

The fees for this year are $200 (Jazz Ensemble) and $150 (Jazz Combo). Once groups are registered online, I will send an invoice to directors. Please make contact with me via email if you have any questions. Due to space limitations, we are accepting only 36 groups this year…first come, first served.


Dr. William S. Richardson
Professor of Music | Director, Northwest Jazz Festival | 660.562.1316 (office)




Registration for the 2017 Jazz Festival is closed.