Nov. 1: WSU Jazz Festival celebrates 25th anniversary

Greg Yasinitsky

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU will celebrate its 25th annual jazz festival on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with festival founder and special guest saxophonist Greg Yasinitsky.

Yasinitsky, Regents Professor of Music and director of the School of Music, will perform with the WSU Jazz Big Band during a free, public concert at noon Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Bryan Hall.

In addition, members of WSU’s faculty ensemble, Jazz Northwest will perform at 4:20pm in Kimbrough Concert Hall. Both concerts are part of the daylong WSU Jazz Festival for area high school and middle school groups.

The performance by the WSU Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Brian Ward, will feature compositions by Yasinitsky performed by alumni, faculty members and students.

The festival will include adjudicated performances throughout the day by visiting school groups; clinics by Yasinitsky and WSU jazz studies faculty members; and an afternoon concert by Jazz Northwest, the WSU faculty jazz ensemble.

For more information, see the jazz festival website  or contact Brian Ward or Sandra Albers

The festival is presented by the WSU School of Music and the Jazz Society at WSU.