NMU Jazz Festival Events


High School & Middle School Performances (Friday -ALL DAY- in the University Center)


Free Clinic in Reynolds Recital Hall (4:00-4:50pm on Friday)

Featuring violinist Regina Carter.




Two Evening Concerts!

-Opening Concert - Thursday, April 16 at 7:30pm in Kaufman Auditorium
(Northern Nights Performing Arts Series Event)
Regina Carter's Southern Comfort: "Jazz with a Delta Soul"
Students:  $6 adv./$7 door
NMU Staff/Faculty/Seniors 60+:  $14 adv./$16 door
General Public:  $19 adv./$21 door
Contact NMU EZ Tickets for ticket information. 
-Final Concert - Friday, April 17 at 7:30pm in Kaufman Auditorium
Regina Carter with the NMU Jazz Band & Combo
NMU Students -- $6
Non-NMU Students -- $8
General Public -- $11
Contact NMU EZ Tickets for ticket information. 


General Information

This year's event will feature Regina Carter, one of the most widely acclaimed violinists in modern music, who has dazzled audiences around the world with exhilarating performances. Boasting influences that range from R&B to East Indian, to classical, Carter has a diverse musical personality which has allowed her to perform and record with a wide range of artists, including jazz luminaries Ray Brown, Marian McPartland, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston, Cassandra Wilson, and pop icons such as Dolly Parton and Billy Joel. Her impressive discography includes recordings with Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Mary J.Blige, Danilo Perez, and several others, and in 2006, she won the highly esteemed MacArthur Fellowship for her extraordinary originality and dedication to her creative pursuits. Her 2010 recording, Reverse Thread, features hypnotically beautiful African folk melodies captured through a lens of contemporary interpretation that blends the exquisite sonorities of her violin with the kora (West African harp) and accordion, as well as guitar, bass and percussion. Her latest release, Southern Comfort, celebrates her family's Alabama roots with joyful Southern music. For additional information about Regina Carter, please visit her website: www.reginacarter.com.  We are very pleased that she will be joining us for the NMU Jazz Festival this year in Marquette!

Thanks to a unique collaboration between the NMU Jazz Festival and the Northern Nights Performing Arts Series, Marquette audiences will actually have TWO opportunities to hear Regina Carter perform.  At 7:30pm on Thursday, April 16, she will be performing with her own touring ensemble in Kaufman Auditorium as part of the Northern Nights Performing Arts Series, and at 7:30pm on the following evening (April 17), Carter will be the featured artist with the NMU Jazz Band in the final concert of the NMU Jazz Festival, also in Kaufman Auditorium.  Add these concerts to your calendar now!  (Click HERE for detailed concert information.)