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Renowned Trumpeter Terell Stafford Guest Artist at CWU's Jazz Fest

Hundreds of students from 30 Washington State schools will swarm CWU's music building for the 2017 John Moawad Invitational Jazz Festival. Terell Stafford will perform with Central Washington University's renowned Vocal Jazz 1 and Jazz Band 1 on Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of their West Coast tour.

CWU Vocal Jazz 1 will perform at 3:00 p.m., and Jazz Band 1 will perform at 5:25 p.m. on May 19. CWU Jazz Band 1 will also perform at 5:25 p.m. on May 20. All concerts will be held in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public.

All of the CWU jazz groups will be performing at various times during the Jazz Festival.

The festival is a by-invitation-only event for high school and middle school jazz bands, combos and choirs. Students participate in clinics with music professionals, and will learn from jazz professionals in master classes and workshops. Stafford will hold jazz clinics in the music building concert hall on both Friday and Saturday. Some of this year’s local clinicians include Jim Sisko from Bellevue College, Jeff Sizer from the Pasco School District, and Kirk Marcy from Edmonds Community College.

This year’s guest artist, Terell Stafford, is an internationally acclaimed trumpet player, hailed as “one of the great players of our time,” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is the director of Jazz Studies and chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer, and leader along with countless award nominations, accolades and associated acts.

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Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
May 18, 2017