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UW Jazz Festival Guest Artists & Clinicians

Guest Artists

Alicia Olatuja, vocal jazz Alicia Olatuja, vocal jazz

Since performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor. Lifelong influences in gospel, soul, jazz, and classical inform her artistic sensibility, and her journey to jazz includes a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. In the realm of jazz – with regular performances with giants such as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, and Christian McBride – Alicia Olatuja and her band are in steady demand, with regular appearances at venues such as the Jazz Standard, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, and the Rockport Jazz Festival. Read more >
Joey DeFrancesco, jazz organ Joey DeFrancesco, jazz organ

Joey DeFrancesco – once considered a child prodigy – has been playing jazz tunes since the age of four by memorizing jazz albums from his home. His formal emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance as he illuminated a once-dormant form of music: organ jazz. One of the two youngest musicians ever to tour with Miles Davis (the other being Tony Williams, for you trivia bu¯s), Joey has continued to play and record with a steady array of world-class musicians, including Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, and Bobby Hutcherson, to name just a few. It pleases us to present, for the first time at the University of Wyoming, this household name in jazz. Read more >

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