Area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz bands and jazz vocal ensembles will sharpen their skills this weekend under the direction of musical masters at Friends University. The 21st Annual Jazz Festival is a two-day event on the Friends University campus in Wichita. An invitational vocal concert will cap off Friday's events and the festival will culminate with the Headliner Concert Saturday night. (The festival's daytime events are no-cost and welcome observers.)
The festival started under the direction of Lisa Hittle, a Stan Kenton Orchestra alumna, saxophone instructor and Friends' Director of Jazz.
The Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble practices ahead of the festival performances.
Dr. Connaitre Miller's award-winning Howard University vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue.