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New Mexico Arts award to fund NMSU Jazz Festival

The New Mexico State University Department of Music will host its 49th annual Jazz Festival and Jump Start with a supporting grant of over $5000 from the New Mexico Arts organization. This is the first time the NMSU festival, which runs Nov. 15-16, has received support from New Mexico Arts, a division of the state’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Musicians dressed in black playing instruments on a stage
Musicians perform at the 48th Annual NMSU Jazz Festival and Jump Start. This year's festival runs from Nov. 15–16. (Courtesy Photo)

“Through this festival, we have provided young musicians throughout New Mexico and west Texas the opportunity to work with great jazz musicians and clinicians for nearly 50 years,” said Lon Chaffin, music department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. “This grant is a significant contribution to this year’s festival and we are very grateful to New Mexico Arts for their support.”

The festival promotes jazz education and middle and high school jazz ensembles from throughout the region are invited to participate. Clinics and workshops will be presented by guest artists/educators.

This year’s theme is “Women in Jazz,” featuring Tanya Darby, assistant professor of music at the University of North Texas, Patty Darling, director of the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble, and Tia Fuller, professor of music at the Berklee School of Music, who also played in a saxophone ensemble for Beyoncé.

The deadline for ensembles to register for Jazz Jump Start is Wednesday, Nov. 1. The registration fee is $150 per ensemble and includes admission to the Thursday, Nov. 16 concert as well as the following clinics:

- A one-hour clinic for the string, choir, or traditional-jazz ensembles

- An improvisation clinic for beginning and intermediate ensembles

- A jazz-reading session, which includes new music for middle school and high school jazz ensembles

- A jazz-history clinic (Women in Jazz) presented by Tia Fuller

- A jazz-arranging clinic presented by Patty Darling

- A lead-playing clinic presented by Tanya Darby

The registration form for the Jazz Jump Start is at https://music.nmsu.edu/index.php/forms/jazz-jump-start-registration.

More information can be found at the Jazz Jump Start’s website at https://music.nmsu.edu/index.php/en/jazz-jump-start.