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CWU Jazz Festival

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Moawad jazz festival image from balcony above rotunda2014 John Moawad Jazz Festival

Jazz Band Day
Friday, May 16, 2014

Vocal Jazz Day
Saturday,  May 17, 2014

The John Moawad invitational Jazz Festival is open to all high school jazz bands, combos and choirs; and middle school/junior high jazz bands and combos, by invitation. If you have received an invitation email from us, you are invited! If you wish to be invited, please contact us using the phone number or email address below. For all the details, please check our Festival Information page.

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Guest Artist - Barney McClure

We are proud to present Barney McClure as our 2014 guest artist for both Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Days. Barney and the CWU Jazz Band 1 will be recording a CD of Hammond B3 organ with big band, arrangements by Phil Kelly (Bellingham) and will present many of these selections at the festival. Barney has been a creative force in the NW for a number of decades in the the instrumental and vocal arenas.

Barney McClure has been everywhere and done it all. He has performed and/or recorded with Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner, Don Shelton, Greta Matassa, Rebecca Parris, Dee Daniels, Grady Tate, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Larry Coryell, Mimi Fox, the late Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, and Emily Remler, Bud Shank, Don Lanphere, Richie Cole, Harold Land, Scott Hamilton, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Red Holloway, Buddy Tate, the late Sonny Stitt, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Kenny Wheeler, Shorty Rogers, Blue Mitchell, Bill Watrous, Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, Red Norvo, Gary Peacock, Bob Magnusson, John Heard, Billy Higgins, Lewis Nash, and Jeff Hamilton - and, more. Barney has backed such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Professor Irwin Corey, George Kirby and Steve Allen.

Barney now lives in the Palm Springs, California area where Barney has been selected as faculty with the “Heatwave” program, an offshoot of the local Boys & Girls Club, where his duties include developing a jazz vocal program. Barney spends many hours a day in his studio composing original music from Reggae to jazz to classical to...

His book, "There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake" - a "how-to" in jazz instruction - continues to sell with little promotion of it. Additionally, he has published a collection of original compositions that have words entitled "Barney, With Words." Barney continues to arrange, compose and notate for Sound Music Publications and for a host of vocalists throughout the U.S

2014 Adjudicator-Clinicians

Friday, May 16 (Jazz Band Day)

  • TBA


For more information:
Festival Director
Chris Bruya

Saturday, May 17 (Vocal Jazz Day)

  • TBA