NSU to hold 47th annual Jazz Festival Concert featuring internationally celebrated alum

Jazz Festival

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 47th annual South Dakota Jazz Festival Concert will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, featuring internationally celebrated NSU alum, Doug Woolverton.

Doug Woolverton, NSU graduate of 2004, will serve as guest performer at the festival, which will culminate in an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. in the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center.

The South Dakota Jazz Festival brings together more than 200 students from high school jazz groups across South Dakota and the Upper Midwest, featuring competitive and non-competitive categories featuring vocal jazz, combos and big bands.

An internationally celebrated jazz trumpet artist, recording artist, educator and composer, Woolverton developed a passion and skill for music at an early age of 7, playing along with his father’s Dixieland band and other musical functions, while growing up in Trenton, N.J. and Madison, Minn. Woolverton attended NSU, studying trumpet under Dr. Grant Manhart, where he graduated in 2004. Woolverton has groomed a soulful and funky approach to trumpet playing, influenced in part by the styles of Lee Morgan, Freddy Hubbard, Miles Davis, combined with many modern and classic New Orleans styles of rhythm and melody.

A full-time musician, Woolverton has toured with the historic “Roomful of Blues,” as well as the New York City “Chicago” tribute band “Beginnings,” among others. He has a weekly appearance at the “Fifth Element” Jazz Club and five-star restaurant in Newport, R.I., with his jazz/fusion group “The Groove Musicians.” Woolverton currently lives in Newport with his wife Melissa, also an NSU alum, and son, Everett, 2.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for NSU students with ID and Community Concert members.

For more information about the South Dakota Jazz Festival, visit South Dakota Jazz Festival.

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