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Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration and Hill Country Jazz Festival

Evans Auditorium – Texas State University

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From big bands and combos to individual instrumentalists, the Hill Country Jazz Festival will feature some of the best performers west of the Mississippi River. A very special portion of the festival will be a celebration of Eddie Durham. Durham, a Texas jazz legend and San Marcos native, was a renowned guitarist who pioneered the use of electric guitar in jazz music. 

In addition to excellent Texas State University facilities,outstanding adjudicators, clinicians, and performers promise to make this a memorable experience. As a non-competitive event, The Hill Country Jazz Festival does not select winners but does recognize exemplary big bands, combos, and individual instrumentalists with “Outstanding Performance Awards.”

This year will feature Grammy Award winning pianist im McNeely. Bands will perform throughout the day on Saturday, February 8. At 5 p.m., there will be an hour-long clinic presented by Jim McNeely. Immediately following the clinic, the Texas State University Jazz Ensemble will take the stage with Mr. McNeely as guest soloist.

An all-star big band will play a free concert on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium as part of the Eddie Durham Celebration. The band will feature Count Basie Orchestra tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence, members of the Texas State jazz faculty, local professionals, and Jim McNeely. The evening will also include a talk by Director of the National Jazz Museum Loren Schoenberg.

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Evans Auditorium – Texas State University

Located on the Texas State University campus, the Evans Auditorium is part of the School of Music. A variety of music events are held here from concerts to recitals to symposiums along with other fine arts performances.

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