CANCELLED - The Greater Saint Louis Jazz Festival featuring Sean Jones: "Dizzy Spellz"

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival 2020

  • Apr 18 , 2020
  • Tickets starting at $35
  • $33 Senior | $15 Student/Youth

The Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival has been cancelled for 2020.

For information about refunding band fees, please visit the Festival website. 


Information about ticket options for the headliner concerts will be posted soon.

A Note from the Festival Director, Adaron Jackson:

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is committed to the health and safety of our entire community. As such, guided by local, state, and national health authorities concerning the spread of Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival 2020. We do this out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of students, school participants, musicians, patrons and staff.


We look forward to next year’s festival and your continued support. This festival is designed to support the development of participating schools’ music programs. Our goal is twofold: inspire students and band directors through the experience of receiving professional feedback from clinicians and adjudicators, and to provide an opportunity to experience performances from world class jazz musicians. In the 15-year history of UMSL hosting the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, more than 535 schools have participated, reaching over 12,000 students. I look forward to building on the legacy of this success. See you next year.


Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

April 14-17, 2021


“Jazz as Art allows us to discover our own voice and explore each other’s humanity."


Dizzy Spellz offers an Afro-futuristic lens exploring the intersection of cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora through the music of Dizzy Gillespie.

From his coming of age through racial and social dynamics in the Deep South, creating and curating the bebop movement in New York, to his spiritual journey to Africa and his delve into Afro Cuban music and the Baha’i Faith, Dizzy was very much ahead of his time.

Sean Jones (trumpeter/musical director) and Brinae Ali (choreographer/tap dancer/vocalist) have teamed up to create a piece that fuses elements of jazz, tap, Hip Hop, and BeBop to articulate the social vernacular of the African-American experience.

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  • CANCELLED - The Greater Saint Louis Jazz Festival featuring Sean Jones: "Dizzy Spellz"
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