The weekend’s full schedule including clinics, jazz combo performances, and visiting artists’ concert information.
Visiting Artists & Clinicians
This year, clinicians from Tennessee, Indiana, and Louisiana will join the festival faculty. And we are excited to have visiting artists Alicia Olatuja Quintet and Magos Herrera Quartet perform at our Friday and Saturday evening concerts!
Bring your instrumental big band or combo to work with one of our clinicians. We encourage directors of groups from all types of schools to register! Give your students the opportunity to learn a jazz composition totally by ear, focus on improvisational sections of charts, and work on strengthening group interaction skills. Our clinicians will work with your groups on a selection of your choice as well as improvisation and aural training!
Lawrence Conservatory of Music
Attn: Jazz Weekend
711 East Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911-5626
Lawrence Jazz Weekend began in 1981 to:
- Bring renowned professional jazz artists to the Lawrence campus
- Establish a 100% non-competitive educational jazz festival
- Provide an inspirational jump-start for school jazz groups
- Promote improvisation as a primary focus in school jazz ensembles
Jazz Celebration Weekend was a manifestation of Fred’s passion for sharing his love of jazz and was started in as a testament to Fred’s belief that a jazz festival is not about competition, but rather about coming together to celebrate and share the beauty and art of jazz.
The 1981 festival attracted 125 students from 8 Fox Valley high school ensembles. With Steve Houghton, Leon Breeden, and Buddy Baker as the visiting artists.
Fred Sturm ’73, was the heart and soul of jazz during his time at Lawrence. As a 19-year-old sophomore, Sturm formed the Lawrence conservatory of music’s first-ever jazz ensemble, which in turn became a catalyst for the creation of the jazz studies department. He later returned to Lawrence and in total spent 26 years as a member of the conservatory faculty.
Fred’s legacy is one of an award-winning composer, nationally recognized jazz educator and beloved mentor to hundreds, if not thousands, of aspiring musicians. Fred, we will miss your booming laugh, your bear hugs, the twinkle in your eyes, and your amazing ability to help us reach higher than we ever thought possible. Your spirit lives on in all of us.
In 2015 the weekend was renamed The Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend in honor of his devotion to sharing the gift of jazz with everyone.
Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend 2015