Nicholson School of Communication Auditorium
UCF Main Campus, Orlando

The UCF School of Performing Arts presents the 11th annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival including CLINICS, MASTER CLASSES and PERFORMANCES by internationally acclaimed artists.

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8pm

$20 general admission • FREE with a current UCF student I.D. • $5 for non-UCF students

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Brian Charette

Hammond Organist / Pianist, Brian Charette, a New York City organist/pianist, has established himself as a leading voice in modern Jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll Rising Star: Organ award and has climbed to 4th place in The Critic's Poll main organ category.

Willie Jones III

Willie Jones III, a Los Angeles, California jazz drummers was a member of Roy Hargrove's Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove's CD releases on Verve: Moment To Moment, Hard Groove, Nothing Serious and RH Factor's Distractions. Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling's GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed's Here (Max Jazz). In 2000, Jones' released his debut CD, Vol 1...Straight Swingin' on his own label, WJ3 Records.

  • Ralph Moore on sax

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8pm

$20 general admission • FREE with a current UCF student I.D. • $5 for non-UCF students

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The Jazz Professors

The Jazz Professors are each working music professionals and faculty members at UCF. Each of the group's albums has reached the JazzWeek Top 50 with 2013's Do That Again reaching number 6..

Harold Mabern Trio

Harold Mabern feat: Joe Farnsworth and Mike Gurrola. Harold Mabern, one of jazz’s most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists, was born in Memphis. He was an unsung hero of the 1960s hardbop scene, performing and recording with many of its finest artists, and only in recent years has he begun to garner appreciation for his long-running legacy in jazz and the understated power of his talent.

  • Joe Fahrnsworth on drums
  • John Webber on bass

High School Jazz Bands

Saturday afternoon features FREE performances by the following bands, 2–4 p.m. in UCF's Nicholson School of Communication Auditorium and Visual Arts Building Auditorium

  • UCF’s Flying Horse Big Band
  • Lakewood Ranch High School
  • Tarpon Springs High School
  • Wekiva High School
  • Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra Jazz Orchestra
  • Leesburg High School


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