NSU to hold 48th annual Jazz Festival Concert featuring guest ‘The Hornheads’

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 48th annual South Dakota Jazz Festival Concert will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, featuring guest performers “The Hornheads.”

“The Hornheads” of Minneapolis, Minn., will serve as guest performers at the festival, which will culminate in an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. in the NSU JFAC Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater.

The South Dakota Jazz Festival brings together more than 180 students from high school jazz groups across South Dakota and the Upper Midwest, featuring competitive and non-competitive categories in vocal jazz, jazz combos and big bands.

“The Hornheads” are best known for their performances and recordings as the horn section for all of Prince's recordings. Individually, as top call session and show players, the Hornheads have performed and/or recorded with artists such as Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Donny Osmond, Johnny Mathis, Michael Bolton, Trisha Yearwood, Lenny Kravitz, “The Time,” among many others.

The evening concert will feature individual members of “The Hornheads” performing with the NSU 2 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble and will also feature a solo set performed by “The Hornheads” as well.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for NSU faculty and staff. This concert is free for NSU students with ID, as well as directors and students who participated in the festival earlier in the day. The concert is also an Aberdeen Community Concert for those who have purchased tickets to the concert series.

For more information about the South Dakota Jazz Festival, please contact Dr. Grant Manhart at Grant.Manhart@northern.edu.

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