St Mary’s University Jazz Festival

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St Mary’s University Jazz Festival

The Fiesta Jazz Festival offers a unique educational and music performance experience for over 500 middle school, high school and college jazz student performers from across the state. At the same time, for more than 50 years it has given the Fiesta audience and San Antonio community a unique and admission free family event. The Fiesta Jazz Festival is one of Texas’ oldest and is dedicated to presenting the finest jazz, America’s national treasure.

Fiesta World Jazz Concert presents an opportunity for the general public in San Antonio and jazz festival participants to hear performances by outstanding jazz musicians from across the United States. Featured artists present a clinic the following day to connect face-to-face real world insights to all in attendance. John Pattitucci, Bob Moses, Will Kennedy, Ignacio Berroa, jazz-festival-performanceHannibal Lokumbe, Gordon Goodwin, Danilo Perez, Rufus Reid, and Bill Watrous are a few of the artists from past festivals.

Fiesta Jazz Festival is San Antonio’s oldest educational jazz festival, attracting junior and senior high school jazz ensembles from Texas and neighboring states. Participants perform for criticism before a panel of renowned jazz clinicians. Trophies and awards are given for outstanding performances in various categories. Special jazz clinics take place throughout the day, including a mid-day clinic by the featured Fiesta Jazz artist. Past clinicians have included Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Mintzer, Gordon Goodwin, Kenny Garrett and Terrance Blanchard. Enjoy tomorrow’s future jazz artists performing for Fiesta.

For more information about Fiesta Jazz Festival and how to participate, contact Edith Ortega at 210-436-3421 or