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54th annual Elmhurst University Goes Virtual with Matt Wilson, Kurt Elling, Ryan Truesdel and more


The 54th edition of the Festival will go on but this year it will be virtual! Featuring artists Matt Wilson, Kurt Elling, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project presents Birth of the Cool and much more.


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The Elmhurst University Festival has hosted some of the most iconic names in jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Dave Holland Quintet, Nicholas Payton, Diana Krall, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Bill Holman Band, the Phil Woods Quintet, the Count Basie Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Patti Austin, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the Joe Lovano Quartet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project and the Dave Douglas Quintet all have graced our stage.


2021 Elmhurst University Jazz Festival Schedule


Friday, February 26

7:30 p.m. CST

  • Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts (online livestream; $15 ticketed event)

  • Performed live & recorded exclusively for our 54th annual Festival audience


Saturday, February 27

11:00 a.m. CST

  • Live discussion with Matt Wilson (online livestream; free – no ticket required – click here to view)

  • Matt Wilson discusses the previous evening’s performance with participating university students


12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

  • University Performances (online live stream; $5 ticketed event)

  • University big band and combo performances, each followed by live commentary from Dennis Mackrel, Donny McCaslin and Terell Stafford


7:30 p.m. CST

  • Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project presents Birth of the Cool (online livestream; $15 ticketed event)

  • Performed live & recorded exclusively for our 54th annual Festival audience


Sunday, February 28

11:00 a.m. CST

  • Live discussion with Ryan Truesdell (online livestream; free – no ticket required – click here to view)

  • Ryan Truesdell discusses the previous evening’s performance with participating university students


12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

  • University Performances (online live stream; $5 ticketed event)

  • University big band and combo performances, each followed by live commentary from Dennis Mackrel, Donny McCaslin and Terell Stafford


4:30 p.m. CST

  • Kurt Elling with the Elmhurst University Jazz Band (online livestream; $15 ticketed event)

  • Performed live & recorded exclusively for our 54th annual Festival audience