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Photo collage of past Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival performances

Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival

Registration is now open for 2019!

The 31st Annual Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the UNF Fine Arts Center. The Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival is respected for being a highly educational experience for its participants and the festival presents an opportunity for ensembles to recieve valuable feedback in preparation for upcoming Music Performance Assessments.

Adjudications, Clinics, and Awards

All registered ensembles receive recorded critiques of their performances from the adjudicators (UNF jazz faculty) and after each performance, the ensemble is provided a 15-minute clinic by one of the adjudicators. At the conclusion of all of the performances, awards will presented for the outstanding soloists (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm), outstanding sections (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm), outstanding middle school soloist, and the most outstanding musician of the festival. Awards will be decided by the adjudicators. Prior to the awards ceremony, the award-winning UNF Jazz Ensemble I will perform with the featured clinician(s).

Featured Clinicians

Dennis Mackrel headshot  Reggie Thomas headshot
Dennis Mackrel  Reggie Thomas
 
 

Recent clinicians have included Jack Petersen, Michael Abene, John Fedchock, John Pizzarelli, Jimmy Cobb, and Eddie Gomez. The featured clinicians and performers for 2019 are Dennis Mackrel (Count Basie Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band) and Reggie Thomas (Count Basie Orchestra, Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Ensemble, Jazz at Lincoln Center/Essentially Ellington clinician).

UNF Jazz Faculty


UNF Jazz Faculty performing on stage

 

The UNF Jazz Faculty consists of Lynne Arriale (piano), Todd Del Giudice (saxophone), Marc Dickman (euphonium), Danny Gottlieb (drums), Barry Greene (guitar), Clarence Hines (trombone), Dennis Marks (bass), J.B. Scott (trumpet), and Dave Steinmeyer (trombone). The UNF Jazz Faculty is an extremely talented and diverse group of international performers and educators. The group has played with and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Stan Getz, Arturo Sandoval, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Paquito D’Rivera, Sarah Vaughn. Many of the faculty have published works with Mel Bay, Hudson Music, UNC Jazz Press and are endorsed by Conn-Selmer, Yamaha, Buscarino, Besson, Thomasik-Infeld, and Remo.