The Purpose of the Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival

Every year, Sacramento State offers a Winter Jazz Festival. The festival serves to educate and encourage students of every age who wish to play jazz while making the learning process enjoyable. This is accomplished through the non-competitive event which includes no ranking or scoring of participants, either implied or made. The clinicians at the festival are there to offer verbal feedback and constructive commentary while providing students with the opportunity to perform and listen. The clinics offered are of meaning and merit with regard to this purpose.

The Festival Format

Participants find there is no need to have a repertoire when taking part in the festival. The clinicians work with ensembles in progress and encourage those with little or no experience with jazz to attend. By doing so, they can obtain help in starting up an ensemble. As no trophies, awards or ratings are given at the event, anyone can participate without feeling pressured, and ensembles find this is an excellent way to gain experience with regard to an intimate performance setting. The group registration fee covers a complimentary pass to the festival as well as a 45-minute session with the ensemble’s clinician of choice.

The Clinics

Participants choose the clinic that best helps them fulfill their goals with regard to the festival. Some find this to be the instrumental big band clinics that focus on improvisation and aural training. Others benefit from the jazz combo clinics that allow for prepared selections or center around learning how to begin, rehearse and improve. The vocal jazz ensemble clinics revolve around learning jazz compositions by ear, much like the instrumental big band clinics do. In the event a group is unsure of which clinic to choose, help is available in this area.

Visit the website today to learn more about the Winter Jazz Festival and and how it can be of help to any jazz group. Be sure to pay attention to the deadlines and get applications submitted in a timely manner. Performance spots are filled on a first come first served basis, therefore groups must act quickly. This is one festival no jazz group wants to miss out on.