PULLMAN – The WSU Jazz Festival is Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Kimbrough on the Pullman campus.

A highlight of the festival will be a gala concert from 12 to 1 p.m. featuring guest saxophonist David Hagelganz performing with the award- winning WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky. Additionally, the faculty group Jazz Northwest will perform featuring Kathleen Hollingsworth, vocals and piano; Yasinitsky, saxophone; Frederick “David” Snider, bass; and David Jarvis, drums. The concert will be presented in Bryan Hall Theatre and will be free of charge.

Special guest for the festival is David Hagelganz, a WSU alum, Down Beat magazine award-winning saxophonist and new member of the WSU faculty. Hagelganz has performed, recorded and toured with many top jazz artists including Mal Waldron, Claudio Roditi, David Friesen, Ben Wolfe, Nancy King, Chris Botti and Diane Shur. Hagelganz’s music has been heard around the world and has garnered praise in top jazz publications including Down Beat, Jazz Times and Japan’s Swing Journal.

The program begins with Jazz Northwest’s performance of “Witchcraft,” arranged by Hollingsworth, followed by the Jazz Big Band’s presentation of “Just a Minor Thing” composed by Mike Steinel. 
 
Additionally, the festival features school groups from throughout the Northwest performing in Kimbrough Concert Hall from 8 to10:40 a.m. and from 2:20-4:20 p.m. Additionally, WSU faculty members will present clinics at 11 a.m. at various locations in the Kimbrough Music Building and Hagelganz will present a clinic at 1 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre. All of these events are open to the public without charge.

The WSU Jazz Festival is supported by the WSU School of Music, the Jazz Society at WSU and a Student Programming Grant from Campus Involvement.