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2024 Northwest Jazz Festival
Friday, February 16, 2024

Northwest Missouri State University is proud to invite middle school and high school jazz ensembles and combos to the Northwest Jazz Festival on Friday, February 16, 2024. We are pleased to present the following free activities: a 12:00 performance by the Northwest Jazz Ensemble, 1:00 p.m. master class, and a 5:00 p.m. Guest Artist Concert featuring this year's guest artists, Riff Generation! Special thanks to the Missouri Arts Council for helping to support Riff Generation's guest appearance.

Cost is $300 for jazz ensembles and $200 for jazz combos (up to nine performers). Please register online below. We have limited space for performing groups, so early registrants will be guaranteed a spot. The best plan is to register before November.

The major change this year is that our festival is no longer competitive. We provide adjudicator comments, ratings, soloist certificates, free performances, and a master class, but trophies and soloist medals are no longer part of the Northwest Jazz Festival.

We look forward to hearing your groups in February! As always, please feel free to email if you would like me to work with your jazz groups or trumpet players.

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Dr. William S. Richardson
Professor of Music | Director, Northwest Jazz Festival | 660.562.1315 (office)

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The Northwest Jazz Festival has reached capacity for participants this year.  Please email Dr. Richardson ( to be placed on a waiting list if any schools cancel.