The University of Northern Colorado this week announced an artist lineup for the 2014 UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival that includes a true legend of the genre, a Grammy Award-winning a capella group and the university's own award-winning jazz band.
Tenor saxophonist, composer and band leader Wayne Shorter and his quartet will headline the festival, set for April 24-26 in downtown Greeley. The Grammy Award-winning Shorter, who turned 80 in August, in December became just the second recipient of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award. Quincy Jones, in 1996, was the first.
The line-up for the longest-running jazz festival in Colorado (44 years) also will include the Swingle Singers, the legendary a capella group with multiple jazz Grammys to its credit that's celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The festival's main stage will also include performances by jazz bass virtuoso Christian McBride with the Downbeat magazine Award-winning UNC Jazz Lab Band I, and the always-popular Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band.
Main stage concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. The festival also presents hundreds of hours of educational activities plus late-night jam sessions.
The largest event of its kind in the nation, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, presented by Jamey Aebersold, brings together internationally recognized artists, jazz lovers, award-winning clinicians and upwards of 250 college, high school and middle school big bands, combos, and jazz vocal groups from across the country.
Each year, more than 7,500 participants enjoy the main stage concerts, after-hours sessions, daytime performances, and the many educational workshop sessions.
The festival is a non-competitive educational and cultural facet of UNC's Jazz Studies Program that furthers the university's mission of lifelong learning and commitment to service.
For more information, visit www.uncjazzfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.