2020 SMTD Jazz Festival

Clifford Brown, jazz trumpet
Clifford Brown Day


Saturday, February 8, 2020

UM Jazz Festival Feature Concert   7:30pm, Rackham Auditorium (free)


  • Scotty Barnhart – Leader of the Count Basie Orchestra
  • The UM Jazz Faculty with Robert Hurst, Sean Dobbins and Andy Milne
  • Michigan Jazz Ensemble directed by Ellen Rowe
  • Outstanding high school student(s) selected to solo with the UM Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Festival Schedule (as of 01/28/20)

Adjudication of middle school, high school and collegiate jazz bands by Paul Keller

Festival Recording Session for registered schools (free), hosted and produced by the UM Department of Performing Arts Technology

Historical Lecture Series: “Clifford Brown, Man and Music” (free)

Trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, piano, drum and bass master classes by University of Michigan Jazz Faculty

Special jazz clinic/lecture with Scotty Barnhart

Registered schools received priority on Newport Jazz Assembly Band presentations

Advanced Improvisation Seminar with Andrew Bishop

Performances by University of Michigan Small Jazz Ensembles, Creative Arts Orchestra, Jazz Trombone Quintet and Jazz Lab Ensemble

“Clifford Brown Day” by Gubernatorial Proclamation in the State of Michigan

Priority on a “Newport Jazz Festival Assembly Band” performance at your school (free)

Music Career Seminar: “Jazz and Music Education” (Free)

Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter, leader, composer, arranger, educator, author and now in his twentieth year with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra has been appointed as their new Director.

A Two-time Grammy Award winner with the Basie Orchestra, three critically acclaimed recordings by pianist Marcus Roberts and over ten recordings with the likes of Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente, Scotty released his debut solo CD ‘Say It Plain’ on the Unity Music label. Scotty invited Clark Terry, Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Jamie Davis and Etienne Charles to share his compositions and love of standards on Con Alma, Giant Steps and Barnhart’s own, Dedicated To You. Say It Plain achieved No. 3 in the Jazz Charts and has received celebrated reviews.

Acknowledged as one of the authorities on the history of jazz trumpet, he intently researched and wrote the ground breaking book The World of Jazz Trumpet – A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy. Published by Hal Leonard, it is a valuable source tool for jazz trumpeters, students and jazz fans with interviews from Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison to Chuck Mangione, technical tutorials, historical events and illustrated with unpublished photographs.

When Scotty Barnhart is not touring with The Count Basie Orchestra or teaching at Florida State University, he performs with his own quintet-sextet and lectures and demonstrates at schools, colleges, universities, conferences around the world, spreading jazz music to ensure its future for others to explore and enjoy.

University of Michigan campus maps

Events will take place at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance E.V. Moore Building and Rackham Auditorium.

Questions?  Please contact Associate Professor Dennis Wilson or  Anna Rosegart.