(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn will be the guest artist at a jazz festival honoring the music of renowned trumpeter Miles Davis—a graduate of Lincoln High School in East St. Louis—at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Morris University Center.
At 10 a.m. that day, local high school bands will take part in jazz clinics conducted by noted saxophonist and clinician Ron Carter as well as trumpeter and educator Anthony Wiggins, who also came out of the Lincoln High music program where Carter was director. Wiggins and Gunn, who also graduated from Lincoln, are cousins. Gunn also will conduct a clinic at 1 p.m.
The SIUE Jazz Studies program, in the Department of Music, is conducting the festival that will feature performances by SIUE Jazz faculty and the SIUE Concert Jazz Band.
It was while working at Cicero’s in St. Louis in 1993 that saxophonist-composer and co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet, Oliver Lake, heard Gunn play, subsequently inviting him to New York City. Appearances in New York led to Gunn’s joining renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Gunn began to earn recognition as “one of the most dynamic and exciting musicians of his generation,” which led to tours of Europe and the United States with several well known jazz groups and eventually two Grammy Award-nominated albums.
The high school clinics at the May 3 festival all will be conducted in Meridian Ballroom. The clinics are free and open to the public. Admission to the 5 p.m. concert is $5 per person; for more information, call the department, (618) 650-3900.