Created in 2016 and hosted by Dr. Charles Brooks, the Mid City Jazz Festival is open to all Louisiana middle school, high school, and independent music school jazz ensembles. The festival's purpose is to bring together Louisiana's young musicians and offer them the unique opportunity to perform in front of professional jazz musicians and collegiate-level educators in a friendly yet competitive environment. The Festival's goal is to present these budding musicians with the opportunity to be a part of a future focused on the preservation of Louisiana's jazz music, education, and heritage.
The 3rd Annual Mid City Jazz Festival will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018. Events will take place on the main stage of the Magnolia Theater on BRCC's main campus in Baton Rouge. Ensembles will perform throughout the day in front of a panel of judges consisting of professional jazz musicians, industry notables, and college-level educators. Judges for the 2018 MCJF will include Yamaha Performing Artist and world-renowned Jazz Trumpeter Mr. Rex Richardson, Louisiana State University's Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Professor of Jazz Studies Dr. Willis Delony, and Baton Rouge Arts Ambassador and local celebrity sousaphonist/upright bassist Mr. Michael Foster of the Michael Foster Project. Ensembles will receive verbal and written feedback and guidance, as well as a guided tour of Dr. Brooks's industry-level recording studio and audio engineering program. Awards will be presented in the evening at 7:00 p.m. with the ceremony featuring performances by winning ensembles and the day’s top soloist. The top soloist will receive the opportunity to perform a few tunes with Festival Host Dr. Charles Brooks and the festival judges.
*Following the brief awards ceremony is a rare, one-of-a-kind Jazz Masters concert featuring Yamaha Performing Artist and International Trumpeting Sensation MR. REX RICHARDSON; Louisiana State University's Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and of Jazz Studies DR. WILLIS DELONY; Baton Rouge Arts Ambassador, veteran jazz-funk sousaphonist and bassist, and leader of the Michael Foster Project MR. MICHAEL FOSTER; and professional jazz percussionist and vibraphonist, Festival Founder and Host DR. CHARLES BROOKS. This concert is free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to live stream the concert and take video.
For further information on the Jazz Festival, on Louisiana's only 4-mallet jazz vibraphonist, and any of the festival judges, please visit www.TheCharlesBrooks.com (/MCJF and /Judges).