Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

The 2020 UMD Head Of The Lakes Jazz Festival has been canceled.

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48th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

March 20-21, 2020

It is my pleasure to announce that the 48th annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will be held on the UMD campus, Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st, 2020. This Festival will be non-competitive in nature, offering positive, learning-based experiences for young jazz ensembles and many outstanding performances. School performances and clinics will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020  –Ryan Frane

Thank you for your interest in participating in our Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival.  The festival is now full and we are no longer accepting ensembles.  Please contact Ryan Frane if you have questions or concerns - 218.726.6327, or by email at [email protected]

The Atlantis Quartet, featuring Brandon Wozniak, saxophone - Zacc Harris, guitar - Chris Bates, bass and Pete Hennig, drums will perform on Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:30pm at the Weber Music Hall.  Adult Tickets - $20.00, Student Tickets - $10.00.

Atlantis Quartet

Formed in 2006, Atlantis quartet is at the forefront of the twin cieist modern jazz scene, having toured the Midwest and East Coast while releasing five albums to critical acclaim.  Jazztimes' Bill Milkowski calls the band "startlingly original" and both the City Pages and Star Tribune have named them Best Twin Cities Jazz Artist (2011, 2012) In 2015, the group was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. Featuring four of Minnesota's most exciting improvisors and composers, the Atlantic Quartet is a band whose music "defies labels" (MPR).




Performing Saturday, March 21, 2020,  5:30pm in the Marshall Performing Arts Center, Adult Tickets - $20.00, Student Tickets - $10.00

Yosvany Terry

Since his arrival to New York in 1991, Cuban saxophonist/percussionist/composer Yosvany Terry has been making a difference in contemporary music. His innovative work, a unique confluent of Cuban roots music and jazz, "has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom, The New York Times"

Born into a musical family in Camaguey, Cuba, Yosvany went on to classical music training in Havana at the prestigious National School of Arts (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. After grdautatin, Yosvany worked with major figures in every realm of cuban music including pianists Chucho Valdes, and Frank Emilio and the celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez.  From his earliest days in New York, Yosvany has been welcomed by a broad range of artists in the jazz and contemporary music community; playing with; Steve Coleman, Rufus Reid, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Roy Hargrove, Vijay Lyer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Avishai Cohen, Baptiste Trotignon, Eddie Palmieri, and Gerald Clayton.

Yosvany has continued his music education in New York where he studied composition, orchestration and counterpoint with Leo Edward, and Rudolph Palmer.  Yosvany has received a number of commissions as well as grants to support both his performance and composition work.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award of the class of 2015.  His 'New Throned King' album received a Grammy Award Nomination for "Best Latin Jazz Album".

A key aspect of his work is educating the next generation of musicians both here and in Cuba. He has taught at prestigious institutions across the United States and Canada.  He regularly visits his Alma maters in Cuba to give workshops and master classes.  In 2015, Yosvany joined the full time faculty at Harvard University as Senior Lecturer and Director of Jazz Ensembles in the Department of Music.

Yosvany Terry Website

2020 Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival Information

The Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will also include:
  • Performances by UMD Jazz Ensembles
  • 40 minutes of individualized time for your ensemble: Most ensembles perform for about twenty minutes and are then critiqued by two clinicians for another twenty minutes.
  • Adjudicators: Including leading jazz educators from colleges across the country to adjudicate and clinic your ensembles and directors
  • Non-competitive atmosphere: This positive, learning-oriented approach has become a hallmark of the Head of the Lakes Festival. No trophies or defeats, just jazz music, hard work, and fun!
  • Clinics: Numerous clinics will be given by the guest artists, UMD jazz faculty and by our adjudicators, all of whom are recognized leaders in their fields.
  • Scholarships: The chance for instrumentalists to audition for a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth as a music major!!
  • Prizes: Performance certificates and prizes will be awarded to individuals who offer outstanding performances during the day.

Please register for the festival online by the March 1st deadline so that we can hold a spot for your ensemble(s) at this year’s festival. The fee for participants will be $200.00 per ensemble. We will fill performance spots on a first come, first serve basis so get your reservation form in early. Upon receipt of your registration fee, we will contact you regarding payment, group hotel rates and other information.

I look forward to seeing you this year, and to hearing your ensembles perform. If you have any questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact me at 218.726.6327, or by email at [email protected]     Ryan