Jerry Tolson, Jazz Fest
Jerry Tolson, Associate Professor of Music Education and Jazz Studies, teaches music education and jazz studies at the University of Louisville where, along with classroom instruction, he directs instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles. He taught previously at Central College(IA) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha as well as several Iowa high schools.
A graduate of Drake University and the University of North Texas, Jerry Tolson is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the United States, and has written numerous instrumental and vocal jazz works.
As a performer on woodwinds, keyboards, and vocals, Mr. Tolson leads three of his own groups including a jazz quartet and a big band and has worked with such popular artists as the Temptations, Four Tops, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, and Manhattan Transfer, and with jazz artists Pete Christlieb, Phil Wilson, James Moody, Benny Golson, Kevin Mahogany, and Marvin Stamm. Tolson's jazz groups have appeared at local and regional jazz festivals. Tolson's jazz group has appeared at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.
The University of Louisville School of Music will sponsor Jazz Fest 2009 from Feb. 25-28 on the Belknap campus of UofL. This indigenous musical art form is being presented by the Jazz Studies Program of the UofL School of Music.
Mr. Tolson is a board member of the Louisville Jazz Society and is a former executive board member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He is past president of the Kentucky unit of IAJE and has also served as co-chair of the Planning and Development Committee and as a member of the President's Advisory Board of this organization.
Mr. Tolson's other professional memberships include the College Music Society, National Band Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and Music Educators National Conference.
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