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USC Jazz Festival

The University of South Carolina Jazz Festival is a learning, adjudication and performance opportunity for regional high school and middle school jazz students to perform for and work with our world class jazz faculty. This year, our guest artist is GRAMMY Award winning vocalist and bassist Mimi Jones. 

2024 USC Jazz Festival and Adjudication

March 8, 2024

Friday, March 8, 2024

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Open rehearsal with Left Bank Big Band and Mimi Jones 
Darla Moore School of Business Johnson Hall

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Adjudication and clinics with Mimi Jones and USC Jazz Faculty

 School of Music Recital Hall

7:30  p.m. 

Concert: Left Bank Big Band featuring Mimi Jones

Darla Moore School of Business Johnson Performance Hall

Each ensemble will have a 30-minute warm-up period, a 30-minute performance period in the School of Music Recital Hall and a 30-minute clinic with our jazz faculty or guest artist. Ensembles will also receive a professional recording of their performance.

Registration includes free tickets and reserved seating for all students to the evening concerts. There will be musical vendors on site. The School of Music is conveniently located near numerous dining and entertainment options. Hotel discounts are available for ensembles wishing to stay overnight.

Registration Deadline - Feb. 15, 2024 ($150)
Early bird Registration - December 15, 2023 ($100)

Register Now!

About the 2024 Guest Artist

Mimi Jones

For the more than two decades Mimi Jones has been on the scene as a vocalist, bassist, producer, label owner — and now — filmmaker. Mimi Jones has reigned supreme, as a side woman to an impressive coterie of musicians and as a leader with three CDs on her own label, (Hot Tone Music) featuring the Mimi Jones Band.

Her newest release for the label, Feet in the Mud, is her most powerful, recording to date. “Feet in the Mud refers to being true to one’s own self despite your race, age, gender, size etcetera,” Jones says.

Jones is supported by an engaging and ingenious collection of musicians including pianist Jon Cowherd, drummer Jonathan Barber, and saxophonist Samir Zarif.

Born in New York City of parents from Barbados, and raised in the Bronx, Jones is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory and she has studied with Lisle Atkinson, Ron Carter, Linda McKnight, Milton Hinton and others.

She has toured extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, South America  and the Caribbean Islands and is recognized as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador.  Her vast work as a side woman includes gigs with Kenny Barron, Frank Ocean, Dianne Reeves, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marc Cary, Toshi Reagon, Rachel Z, Sean Jones, Ravi Coltrane,and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy Award winning Mosaic Project.

Jones also serves as co-director with ArcoIris Sandoval of The D.O.M.E. Experience, a multimedia project created to inspire its audience to become aware of environmental and social issues, within the community and globally through choreography, composition and cinematography.

For more information on Mimi, visit her website.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.