Jazz Festival

May 4, 2020

Open to instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles at the middle and high school level. An outstanding ensemble of the day will be invited to perform on the evening concert with CMU Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Chords.

Registration Includes:

• Festival performance

• Recorded comments by a panel of top jazz educators

• Clinic with one of the jazz educators

• Midday performances by our clinicians

• Admission to the final concert featuring the selected outstanding ensemble of the day, CMU Vocal Chords and Jazz Ensemble, and our fine clinicians for all students, directors and chaperones

Schedule

8am-5pm Festival performances

12pm Performance by our professional clinicians for all students

6:30pm Sound check for outstanding ensemble of the day

7:30pm Final Concert

Parking Map

Clinician Bios

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Matt Harris

Matt Harris graduated with a BM from the University of Miami and a MM from the Eastman School of Music. He moved to Los Angeles after touring, writing, and recording with jazz legends, Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Matt teaches combos and private lessons at California State University Northridge and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Matt is an active clinician, conductor and composer for high schools, colleges, and professional bands around the world. He has conducted the Nevada, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Dakota, Minnesota and Texas All State bands. He has been commissioned to write music from bands spanning the globe, including Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, China, Turkey, as well as numerous high schools and universities in the United States. Matt has been a guest clinician for over 30 years with topics ranging from improvisation, rhythm section, piano, arranging, composition, business of music, and creative aspects of playing jazz.

Matt has 6 CD’s of original music. Matt has written for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands), Airmen of Note, Air Force Falconaires, Kluvers Big Band (Denmark), as well as high school and college bands throughout the country. He has also arranged, orchestrated, and/or performed on numerous national jingles, recordings, and live performances including Taco Bell, Home Depot, Jack in the Box, Ford, Schwab, Mariott, and many more.

Matt has played with jazz legends including Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bob Sheppard, Peter Erskine, Bob McChesney, Rob Lockart, Carl Saunders, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Chuck Findley, Tim Ries, Bob Summers, John Pisano, and Gregg Bissonette.

Matt has played piano and/or written music for some of today’s top jazz vocalists including Karyn Allison, Jackie Allen, Diane Shure, Dena Derose, Rosana Eckert, Calbria Foti, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Elling, Marie Carmen Koppel, and many others. 

Matt recently played at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London with the Buddy Rich Tribute Band, featuring Ian Paice. Additionally, his arrangement of “Nessun Dorma” was performed by the Roger Fox Big Band featuring Simon O’Neil in Wellington, New Zealand this summer.

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Darren Kramer

Darren Kramer is an XO Brass Artist, Ableton Certified Trainer and Electric Trombone DJ creating live remixes via live looping, audio effects, and keyboards. Kramer has been a professional freelance trombonist, composer, producer, and educator for 35 years and has toured with Matchbox Twenty, Tom Jones and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He founded his own music company and has recorded with Michael Brecker & Jerry Hey who are featured on his recent “Best of DKO” 25th Anniversary CD. Kramer’s latest success is his “DKO ElektroHornz” project which now features a LIVE 4pc Horn Section with his innovative Electric Trombone DJ set. Meanwhile, his current education focus is his popular “DKO Sonic Tonic Listening Experience” which creatively reveals the magic behind some of the greatest popular songs ever recorded. DJDKO.com

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Stacy Miller

2019-2020 will be Mrs. Miller's seventh year teaching the art of choir at Longmont High School, where she serves as Vocal Music Director and Department Chair. At LHS, Mrs. Miller founded the school’s first jazz choir, 9th Avenue Jazz. Now in its sixth year, 9th Avenue Jazz has been selected for perform at prestigious events, including the Education Foundation Gala in 2017. 

Originally from Fort Collins, Miller earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Colorado State University, continuing at CSU to study a Master's in Choral Conducting as well as earning a certificate in Kodaly Music Education. While at CSU she had the privilege of studying with Dr. James Kim and Dr. Ryan Olsen, performing in the Chamber Choir and Concert Choirs and performing in tours to Texas, at Yale University, and throughout Prague, Austria, and Bratislava. Miller is the proud recipient of the 2016 and 2017 Encore Award for Outstanding Educators from the SVVSD Education Foundation.

Tim Emmons

Tim Emmons

Timothy Emmons is an active freelance musician in Los Angeles California and a veteran of over two hundred and eighty film and television scores including Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek XI, X and Into Darkness, Mission Impossible 3 and 4, Lost, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Incredibles, and many others. He has played in the pit and on stage for dozens of major theatrical productions including Curtains, Swing, Candide, Swan Lake, and Ragtime. Tim also developed the role of  “Uncle Chester”, the Beatnik bass player, in five different productions of “Forever Plaid”. Gamers can hear him on the low end of the soundtracks of Fall of Liberty, Splinter Cell, Halo, Call of Duty, Jumper, Assassin’s Creed II, Advent Rising and Bioshock 2. An eclectic musician, Tim has played Contrabass on recordings for Stevie Wonder and Beyonce, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, Kenny G, Andrea Boccelli, young opera phenomenon Jackie Evancho and “Popera” artists Katherine Jenkins and Paul Potts as well as pop singers Rufus Wainright, Brandy, John Tesh, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. Tim has performed live with a diverse array of artists including jazz vocalists Natalie Cole and Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer, jazz guitar virtuosos Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, R&B pioneers Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, master jazz saxophonists Art Pepper, and Eddie Harris, Motown artists Mary Wells and Martha Reeves, and Swing-Era staples Lionel Hampton and the Glenn Miller orchestra. Tim is the author of “Odd Meter Bass”, a book/CD Bass method published by Alfred Music. He is co-author, along with Fred Sokolow, of “Fretboard Roadmaps published by Hal Leonard Music. He is a contributor to “The Funkmasters; The Rhythm Sections of James Brown” and has written numerous articles for Bass Player magazine. Tim serves as jazz bass instructor at Colorado Mesa University and plays bass in the CMU Faculty Jazz Quintet.                                

Tim Fox

Tim Fox graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Music Education. He has played trumpet and/or piano in the Chicago area, in Colorado's Western Slope, and on the road, with the likes of "The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra," under the direction of Buddy Morrow, with "The Temptations" and "The Four Tops," with Eric Alexander, Ed Soph, Red Skelton, Barbara Eden, Connie Francis, Mitzi Gaynor, and with many more. He is currently a freelance musician, a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quartet, a member of the Josefina Mendez Jazz trio, and works in the RE-1 School District. Tim also facilitates, with the generous support of Jazz Aspen.