The Bad Plus trio and local jazz students highlight Jazz Fest 49

At the Weidner Center, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Green Bay, Wis. — The Bad Plus trio headlines the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s historic Jazz Fest 49 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, Jan. 26. UW-Green Bay Jazz Fest, now in its 49th year, is a celebration of all things jazz and encompasses a full day of student performances, clinics and master classes, culminating in student performances at 4 p.m. It is sponsored by UW-Green Bay and UW-Green Bay Music. Admission to the student ensembles performance is free and open to the public and features the following local schools, and their directors:

Ashwaubenon High School                                        Marc Jimos
Bay Port High School                                                   Luther Appel
Denmark High School                                                  Wes Couch
Evansville High School                                                 Amanda Leahy
Green Bay East High School                                        Karen Iken
Jefferson High School                                                   Jennah Smet (assisted by Denise Reichhoff, Maggie Paucek)

Notre Dame Academy Jazz I                                         Steve Johnson (assisted by Dave Gardner)
Notre Dame Academy Jazz II                                        Steve Johnson (assisted by Dave Gardner)
Preble High School                                                        Andrew Bader
Pulaski Community Middle School Jazz I (8th)          Timothy Kozlovsky
Pulaski Community Middle School Jazz II (7th)         Jackson Smith
Sun Prairie High School                                                Steve Sveum
West DePere High School II                                         Kathryn Kamin

Since its outset, iconic trio The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call “avant-garde populism”, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this “audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio” (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. The Bad Plus is the featured guest artist for UW-Green Bay’s historic Jazz Fest 49.

The featured concert is Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available at, by phone at 800-895-0071, or in person at the Ticket Star Box Office located at the Resch Center or the University Ticketing and Information Center, University Union, UW-Green Bay campus.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter)


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