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Princeton University Jazz Festival Returns

Festival to feature guest artists Gilad Hekselman, Seamus Blake, Tony Malaby, and Alexa Tarantino performing with student ensembles

Alexa Tarantino
Alexa Tarantino

Beginning on Wednesday, April 27, the Princeton University Jazz Festival returns to the Ivy League school’s campus with a series of concerts featuring guest artists performing with student ensembles. Organized by the school’s director of jazz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, the festival will present guitarist Gilad Hekselman and saxophonists Seamus Blake, Tony Malaby, and Alexa Tarantino as guest headliners in two of the three concerts this week. Learn more here.

Schedule of the festival events:

Wednesday, April 27: Jazz Vocal Collective directed by Trineice Robinson-Martin
The JVC is a small jazz ensemble highlighting solo voices and a rhythm section to create a collaborative musical experience. The 7:30 p.m. performance takes place at Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Admission is free.
Thursday, April 28: Guest saxophonist Alexa Tarantino joins Small Group Z; guest guitarist Gilad Hekselman performs with Small Group X. The 7:30 p.m. performance, under the direction of Matthew Parrish, takes place at Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free admission.

Saturday, April 30: Titans of the Tenor Saxophone
A celebration of International Jazz Day, the concert includes Princeton’s Small Group I featuring guest saxophonist Tony Malaby and Small Group A joined by guest saxophonist Seamus Blake. The 8 p.m. performance takes place in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets $15, $5 students.