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Latin Jazz Festival

Friday, December 13, 2019

The UI jazz area is presenting the semi-annual Latin Jazz Festival for High School jazz ensembles. This day-long festival is designed to help musicians and band directors achieve a higher understanding of Latin jazz performance practice, style and authenticity when playing Latin charts.

This all-day festival features guest artist Oscar Stagnaro, a Berklee College of Music faculty member who is renowned for his work in Latin jazz.

The workshop includes:

  • Clinics with UI jazz faculty and guest artist
  • Performance by UI Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • Workshops with all ensembles on their Latin jazz charts
  • A casual performance at the end of the day


The University of Iowa School of Music
Voxman Music Building
93 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

Please review this map for important parking & drop off details.


Oscar Stagnaro
Dr. Damani Phillips
Masa Ishikawa
James Dreier
Steve Grismore

Detailed Schedule

Thursday, December 12, 2019 (optional)

7:30 – 10:00 p.m. (The Mill Restaurant) UI Latin Jazz Ensemble concert with guest artist Oscar Stagnaro and UI jazz faculty. Open to the public ($5 general, $3 student, free for all festival participants)

Friday, December 13, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  (Voxman Lounge, lower level) Welcome and check in. Bagels and coffee available

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.  All groups meet for orientation and information session.

9:20 a.m.  – 11:50 a.m. Bands have clinics with UI faculty and guest artist.

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch break

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  Latin jazz demonstration with LJE and guest artist Oscar Stagnaro.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Vox 2451  Individual jazz bands workshop 

4:00 p.m.  Break

4:15 - 4:45 p.m  Concert prep

5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (Voxman Music Building, Room 2451)   Concert


Band directors who are interested should register here.

There is a $250 fee for each ensemble.


Please contact Professor James Dreier for more information