In 2010, after releasing their critically acclaimed album "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider" (ArtistShare), Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh joined forces with Jennifer Barnes and Greg Jasperse to form a vocal quartet that first focused primarily on performing Schneider's music live. It was not long, though, before the group expanded their repertoire and focus to include their own original compositions as well as arrangements of music by Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, Imogen Heap and other contemporary jazz and pop influences. Now, the group performs music in a variety of styles, all with a fresh and innovative approach, venturing into new artistic territory within the vocal jazz genre, utilizing wordless vocals, new compositions, improvisation and more. Among their many performances at major festival venues throughout the USA and Canada, Vertical Voices performed on the main stage of the 2014 Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas. Their debut CD as a quartet, "Fourward," was released in January 2014.
Pianist Dana Landry, guitarist Steve Kovalcheck, bassist Erik Applegate, and drummer Jim White have been performing, recording, and touring together for over a decade, and serve as jazz professors at the University of Northern Colorado. The DLQ has performed throughout the U.S. and in Asia and Europe, and their debut recording Standard Elevation (Artist Alliance Records) reached the Top 50 on the Jazz Week radio airplay chart. In addition to working as a standalone quartet, the group has played with Bob Sheppard, Clay Jenkins, Greg Gisbert, and Dick Oatts, among others, and can be heard on recordings including Dan Gailey’s What Did You Dream, Steve Owen’s Stand Up Eight, and Back When It Was Fun by the group 7 ON 7. Individually Landry, Kovalcheck, Applegate, and White have extensive performing and recording experience, and remain very active with their own individual music projects. More specific information on each of them is available on their websites: danalandry.com, stevekovalcheck.com, erikapplegate.com, and jimwhitemusic.com. Information on their work at UNC is available at uncjazz.com.
Kenyon Brenner began developing his love for music at an early age while growing up in Colorado. After realizing his desire to pursue a career in jazz, he eventually attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. During his time at UNC he studied saxophone, voice, composition and other jazz topics with Erik Applegate, Dana Landry, Jim White, Steve Kovalcheck, David Caffey, Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. Kenyon has performed extensively across Europe and the Caribbean on cruise ships, as well as across the U.S. and Canada with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with such artists as: Dana Landry, Erik Applegate, Jim White, Steve Kovalcheck, Peter Sommer, Wil Swindler, Don Aliquo, Al Hood, Clay Jenkins, Paul McKee, Dave Glenn, Benny Green, Jeff Coffin, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Clayton, Randy Johnston, Terell Stafford, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Deborah Brown, The New York Voices, and Groove for Thought. Kenyon currently teaches jazz saxophone at the University of Northern Colorado, and is a very active performer across Colorado.
The Northwest College Jazz Festival is a noncompetitive performance opportunity for vocal and instrumental jazz groups at all levels of proficiency. High quality assessment and instruction will be provided by respected jazz educators in a positive and constructive learning environment. This festival encourages young musicians and teachers to grow through camaraderie and musical exchange.
We are now inviting college ensembles and students to join us at the Northwest Jazz Festival. This division is open to soloists, combos and ensembles of all sizes from community colleges or universities.
We are now welcoming soloists and combos (small groups focusing on improvisation) to join us in this special division. Open to soloists on any instrument (including voice), or to small ensembles of any instrumentation. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a separate performance venue and work with a clinician and professional rhythm section. Soloists are welcome to bring their own combos for accompaniment or perform with our in house professional trio!
Registration is now open!
$200 - Jazz Bands and Choirs
$100 - Jazz Combos
$25 - Soloists
As part of your registration, please fill these out the appropriate set of festival forms. You can upload the completed forms during the registration process, or you may return them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax (307) 754-6340.
Refunds are only available for entry fees when circumstances prevent the judges from appearing at the festival.
Each group may schedule a 20-minute performance time which will include recorded and written adjudication and an off-stage 20-minute clinic for your band or choir. Teachers may elect to receive a rating or "comments only."
Music displays, as well as clinics and workshops, will be available throughout the two-day festival.
Awards are given to outstanding soloists over the course of the festival. Judges also select a band and choir who exemplify our festival philosophy by their performance and spirit for the duration of the festival.
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 PM
Powell High School Auditorium
This concert features the festival guest artists and the Wyoming All-State Jazz Choir.
Tickets for the Tuesday evening concert may be purchased by calling 307-754-6425 or by stopping by the Music Office in the Nelson Performing Arts Center (NPA 16). The concert will be in Powell High School Auditorium. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
*Schools that register for Jazz Festival and reserve their concert tickets by February 1, 2016, will receive a $3.00/ticket school discount.
Recording & Sound
231 W 6th Street Bldg 2
Powell, WY 82435
The Northwest Jazz Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.