AC Jazz Festival

AC Jazz Festival

Thursday March 5, 2020

Featuring the JAZZ REACH Metta Quintet

Hudgins Hall


The Jazz Festival is open to all beginner to advanced Middle School, High School and Community College Big Bands and Combos. This is a non-competitive event and schools have the option to perform for ratings and/or a clinic with our Guest Artist, The Metta Quintet, after your performance. Free concert at 7:30 PM featuring The Metta Quintet with the AC Combo and Big Band. There will be individual awards presented in a ceremony immediately following the concert.


A cohesive, tight-knit unit featuring some of today’s most esteemed, creative artists, METTA QUINTET is fueled by a collective, open-minded musical curiosity and dedicated to exploring new artistic territory while maintaining a passionate commitment to arts education, fostering new audiences and nurturing young talent.


The quintet released its critically acclaimed debut recording, Going to Meet The Man (Koch) in 2002 featuring eight commissioned works by the then-emerging, now-renowned composers, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Larry Goldings and George Colligan. All works were inspired by short stories by celebrated American author James Baldwin. In July 2006, Sunnyside Records released the quintet’s second critically lauded CD Subway Songs, which features eight all-original commissioned compositions inspired by the sociological dynamism of the New York City Subway experience.


In early 2012, the quintet, in partnership with the digital music distributor, The Orchard, released the globally-themed, Big Drum/Small World to unanimously positive reviews! The project features a diverse array of all-new music by renowned composers from eight different countries including Lionel Loueke, Miguel Zenon, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Yosvanny Terry, Omer Avital and Metta Quintet’s very own, Marcus Strickland. The project explores the globalization and ever-broadening definition and sound of jazz.