Past Performers

Each year, the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival invites top jazz musicians to serve as artist/adjudicators—they critique the performances of participating college bands, grant awards, conduct clinics, and give concerts of their own.

In addition to the artist/adjudicators’ performance and those of the many college ensembles, the Festival presents feature performances of the biggest names in jazz, from Louie Bellson to the Mingus Big Band; from Randy Brecker to the Dave Holland Quintet.

The following is a complete Festival history of artists/adjudicators and feature performers.

2018

  • Sean Jones
  • Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra
  • Jiggs Whigham
  • Matt Wilson

2017

  • Michael Abene
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Bill Holman Band
  • Pat LaBarbera
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Rufus Reid
  • Bobby Shew
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
  • Patrick Williams Big Band

2016

  • Michael Davis
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Bob Mintzer Big Band
  • Ryan Truesdell & the Gil Evans Project
  • Scott Wendholt

2015

  • Jimmy Heath & the Jimmy Heath Big Band
  • Bill Holman
  • Sean Jones
  • Ralph Lalama
  • Dennis Mackrel 

2014

  • Count Basie Orchestra
  • Andy Martin
  • Bobby Shew
  • Gary Smulyan
  • Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project

2013

  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Dave Douglas Quintet
  • Bobby Floyd
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra
  • Byron Stripling

2012

  • Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
  • Jeff Hamilton
  • Tamir Hendelman
  • Christoph Luty
  • University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band with Mark Colby, Denis DiBlasio & Frank Greene

2011

  • Michael Abene
  • Mark Colby
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Simone
  • Byron Stripling
  • The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
  • Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts

2010

  • Michael Davis
  • Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
  • Phil Markowitz
  • Gary Smulyan
  • Patrick Williams with Wayne Bergeron, Warren Luening, Tom Scott & Bill Watrous

2009

  • Wayne Bergeron
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Steve Wiest
  • Bill Holman Band
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra

2008

  • Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Mingus Big Band
  • Gary Smulyan
  • Jiggs Whigham

2007

  • John Pizzarelli
  • Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Matt Harris
  • Bobby Shew
  • Bob Mintzer Big Band

2006

  • Matt Harris
  • The Joe Lovano Quartet
  • Eric Marienthal
  • University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
  • Steve Wiest

2005

  • Bill Holman Band
  • Dave Holland Quintet
  • Steve Houghton
  • Clay Jenkins
  • Nicholas Payton Quintet
  • Bob Sheppard

2004

  • Patti Austin
  • Mark Colby
  • Michael Davis
  • Orbert Davis
  • Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
  • Phil Markowitz

2003

  • Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Grover Mitchell, featuring Butch Miles
  • Dennis Mackrel
  • Bob Mintzer Big Band
  • Bobby Shew
  • Gary Smulyan

2002

  • Tim Hagans
  • Frank Mantooth
  • Nicholas Payton’s Louis Armstrong Celebration
  • Chris Vadala
  • Phil Woods Quintet

2001

  • Jeremy Davenport
  • John Fedchock New York Big Band
  • Matt Harris
  • Pat LaBarbera
  • Clark Terry

2000

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Bob Florence and the Limited Edition
  • Frank Mantooth
  • Byron Stripling

1999

  • Michael Abene
  • Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau
  • Diana Krall Trio
  • Lanny Morgan
  • Bobby Shew

1998

  • Mark Colby
  • Orbert Davis
  • Bill Holman Band
  • Frank Mantooth
  • Mark Whitfield

1997

  • Bob Bowman
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Steve Erquiaga
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Howie Smith
  • Ed Soph

1996

  • Randy Brecker
  • Ronnie Cuber
  • Kevin Mahogany
  • Frank Mantooth
  • University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band

1995

  • Pete Christlieb
  • Conte Candoli
  • Bob Rummage
  • Clark Terry

1994

  • Nick Brignola
  • Paul McKee
  • Orbert Davis
  • Frank Mantooth

1993

  • Tom Garling
  • Bud Harner
  • Mike Tomaro
  • New York Voices

1992

  • Louie Bellson
  • Conte Candoli
  • Pete Christlieb
  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Lee Konitz
  • Frank Mantooth
  • Roger Schueler
  • Bobby Shew
  • Kelly Sill
  • Clark Terry
  • Uncle Festive
  • Jiggs Whigham

1991

  • Bob Bowker
  • Alan Broadbent
  • Gary Foster

1990

  • Bill Evans
  • Art Farmer
  • Frank Mantooth

1989

  • Denis DiBlasio
  • Frank Mantooth
  • Bobby Shew

1988

  • Pat LaBarbera
  • Roger Schueler
  • Ed Soph
  • Clark Terry
  • Phil Wilson

1987

  • Conte Candoli
  • Kelly Sill
  • Jiggs Whigham

1986

  • Steve Houghton
  • Rob McConnell
  • Bobby Shew

1985

  • Louie Bellson
  • Bunky Green
  • Warren Kime
  • Frank Mantooth

1984

  • Ashley Alexander
  • Dick Buckley
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Frank Mantooth

1983

  • Pete Christlieb
  • Jay Daversa
  • Les Hooper

1982

  • Bob Brookmeyer
  • Dick Buckley
  • Clark Terry

1981

  • Dick Buckley
  • Bud Harner
  • Lee Konitz
  • Rob McConnell

1980

  • Dick Buckley
  • Barret Deems
  • Milt Jackson
  • Don Rader

1979

  • Dan Morgenstern
  • Clark Terry
  • Paul Tolosko
  • Ernie Wilkins

1978

  • Don Menza
  • Dan Morgenstern
  • Kai Winding

1977

  • Jamey Aebersold
  • Louie Bellson
  • Dan Morgenstern

1976

  • Jamey Aebersold
  • James Coffin
  • Paul Tolosko
  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

1975

  • Jerry Coleman
  • Joe Daley
  • Paul Tolosko

1974

  • James Coffin
  • John LaPorta
  • Rev. George Wiskirchen

1973

  • Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
  • David Baker
  • Nathan Davis
  • Rich Matteson
  • Rufus Reid
  • Bob Tilles

1972

  • David Baker
  • Bunky Green
  • Buddy Montgomery
  • Rufus Reid
  • Cy Touff

1971

  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Ron Modell
  • Charles Suber

1970

  • David Baker
  • Marian McPartland
  • Howie Smith
  • Bob Tilles

1969

  • Joe Daley
  • Robert Share
  • Bob Tilles
  • Phil Wilson

1968

  • Jamey Aebersold
  • David Baker
  • Bob Tilles

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