University of Minnesota Duluth

Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

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It is my pleasure to announce that the 41st annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will be held on the UMD campus, Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th, 2014. This Festival will be non-competitive in nature, offering positive, learning-based experiences for young jazz ensembles and many outstanding performances.


» » Our Saturday evening featured guest artists will be UMD Jazz I featuring Bob SheppardJean Louis Almosino and the UMD Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival All Stars.

A household name for saxophonists worldwide, Bob Sheppard has done it all. Superstar names such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Perter Erskine, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and many, many, many legends pack his world-class resume. Splitting his time between Los Angeles, and New York, Bob’s forged working relationships with the best musicians on both coasts.

» » Also in concert on Friday, March 8th will be the Art Lande Trio featuring Bruce Williamson on reeds and Johannes Weidenmeuller playing bass! This will be a VERY special evening of improvised music in Weber Music Hall not to be missed. Grammy-nominated Art Lande is an internationally known pianist, composer, improviser, drummer and educator who has performed with a long list of the Who's Who in jazz, including Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Mark Isham, Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek and many others.


****Tickets to the Friday evening concert are very limited. There are 150 tickets that will be held for jazz festival groups until February 1st. These tickets must be purchased through the UMD Box Office 218.726.8877 or online here.

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 7:30 pm
Art Lande Trio

Weber Music Hall
Ticket price: Adults $20 | Senior Adults (62+) $15 | Students $5

Saturday, March 8th, | 5 pm
UMD Jazz I Featuring TBA, Bob Sheppard and the UMD Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival AllStars

Marshall Performing Arts Center
Ticket price: Adults $15 | Senior Adults (62+) $10 |  Students $7 | UMD Student $5


The Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will also include:

» » Performances by UMD Jazz Ensembles

» » 40 minutes of individualized time for your ensemble. Most ensembles perform for about twenty minutes and are then critiqued by two clinicians for another twenty minutes.

» » Adjudicators. Including leading jazz educators from colleges across the country to adjudicate and clinic your ensembles and directors. Recent Adjudicators have included: Billy Taylor, Gene Aitken (UNC), Bob Kase (UWSP), Tom Matta (DePaul University), Bob Kleinschmidt (Tiffin University), John Salerno (UWGB), Terry Vermillion (St. Cloud State) and many others.

» » Non-competitive atmosphere. This positive, learning-oriented approach has become a hallmark of the Head of the Lakes Festival. No trophies or defeats, just jazz music, hard work, and fun!

» » Clinics. Numerous clinics will be given by the guest artists, UMD jazz faculty and by our adjudicators, all of whom are recognized leaders in their fields.

» » Scholarships. The chance for instrumentalists to audition for a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth as a music major!!

» » Prizes. Performance certificates and prizes will be awarded to individuals who offer outstanding performances during the day.

Please register online OR print and complete the reservation form and return it with payment by the February 1st deadline so that we can hold a spot for your ensemble(s) at this year’s festival. The fee for participants will be $200.00 per ensemble. We will fill performance spots on a first come, first serve basis so get your reservation form in early. Upon receipt of your registration fee, we will contact you regarding group hotel rates and other information.


Register online or send reservation forms and payment to:

University of Minnesota Duluth
Music Dept. Box Office
212 Humanities
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812

I look forward to seeing you this year, and to hearing your ensembles perform. If you have any questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact me at 218.726.6327, or by email at

Ryan Frane
Director of Jazz Studies

Documents and Links

2014 Response Form | pdf

Day Schedule | pdf

Program/Soloists Form | pdf

Ensemble Attending Instructions | pdf

Ensemble Set Up Form | pdf

Directions to UMD
Map of UMD



For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877