Saint Xavier University Department of Music Jazz Combo Festival


Jazz Combo Festival

Saturday, March 18, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago IL, 60655
Guest Artist Concert Featuring The Junius Paul Quartet

Festival Overview

The Saint Xavier University Music Department is pleased to announce the Third Annual SXU Jazz Combo Festivalon March 18, 2017.

The daylong festival is open to all high school, middle school, and community college jazz combos. Each combo will perform roughly 25 minutes of music for a panel of Chicago's finest jazz educators and performers. All combos will receive a 25 minute, one-on-one clinic with an adjudicator after the performance.

Although The SXU Jazz Combo Festival is a non-competitive festival, two of the festival's combos, selected by the adjudicators, are invited to perform one piece during the evening concert. Scholarships and awards for individuals will also be given before the evening concert.

During the day students may attend clinics and master classes given by members of the SXU Jazz faculty and our guest artist Junius Paul.

The SXU Jazz Combo Festival will conclude with an evening concert in McGuire Hall featuring Chicago Jazz Bassist Junius Paul and The Junius Paul Quartet.

Tickets for the concert are $6 for the general public and $5 senior/military veterans, and free admission for festival participants, SXU students, staff and facutly.

Featured Guest Artist

JuniusJunius Paul has established himself as a first call electric and acoustic bassist on the Chicago music scene. Junius was born and raised in the Chicago area and is a graduate of the Music Department at Saint Xavier University. He is an active composer and arranger and is well-established in many genres of music, ranging from jazz to hip-hop, house music, funk, classical and gospel.

Junius Paul has shared the stage and recorded with some of the top artists in music including Wynton Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Kahil El'Zabar, KRS-One, Dee Alexander, Roy Hargrove and Corey Wilkes.

Junius stays extremely active touring nationally and internationally. He has performed at The Southport Weekender Festival in Southport, England, the Sons d'hour Festival in Paris, France, The Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and the Ghana Jazz Festival in Africa.

Schedule of Events

Information for Festival Participants

The Saint Xavier University Jazz Combo Festival is a non-competitive festival. Each group receives written and recorded feedback from the guest adjudicators. The festival is open to all middle and high school student jazz combos and chamber jazz ensembles. Adjudicators this year are Dr. Bob Lark (DePaul Univeristy), Jarrard Harris (Northwestern), Stacy McMichael (SXU).

Lunch for Participants

Schools may purchase meals and drinks at the SXU diner from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Meals provided by Country House.


A drum set, bass and guitar amp, and piano will be provided in the warm-up, performance, and clinic room. A vibraphone will also be provided in the performance room. A vocal microphone will be provided on the performance stage. Cymbals will not be provided for the drummers and drummers should bring their own hi-hat clutch.

Guitar and bassist need to bring their own patch chords. If a band requires more than one guitar and/or bass amp they will need to provide their own. No electric piano will be available but schools may bring their own for the performance.

Festival Awards and Scholarships


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