This year’s Jazz Guitar Festival promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Our Sharon Martin Hall will be graced by the enchanting performances of two remarkable guitarists, Pasquale Grasso and Fareed Haque. Fareed will be accompanied by the Hammond B-3 master, Tony Monaco.

When asked about what sets this event apart, Denison music faculty Brett Burleson, the driving force behind this remarkable gathering, enthusiastically shared its unique attributes: “The chance to meet and have a conversation with these world-class musicians at the workshops and performances is really great. Students who have attended past Jazz Guitar Festivals have taken advantage of the amazing opportunity to interact with these top-notch artists and had a blast doing so.”

One thing to take into consideration is how lively and spontaneous jazz music is. As Burleson emphasizes, “The experience of seeing live jazz is different… A lot of music that we listen to are recordings and live renditions of recordings. But with jazz, every performance is different because there’s improvisation involved. So getting a chance to see these musicians perform is great. You’ll see something that will never happen again. Even if those specific musicians perform again, the music they play will be different because of the nature of improvisation.”

Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or just starting your musical journey, the Jazz Guitar Festival is an experience like no other. It’s a celebration of creativity, spontaneity, and the magic of live jazz that you won’t want to miss.

Tickets required and available October 2.

  • Kick off performance featuring the Zakk Jones Trio October 19, 7 p.m. at Slivy’s
  • Workshop with Pasquale Grasso October 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Burke Rehearsal Hall (Room 207), Eisner Center
  • Concert with Pasquale Grasso October 20, 7:30 p.m. at Sharon Martin Hall, Eisner Center (Tickets Required)
  • Workshop with Fareed Haque October 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Eisner Center Room 144
  • Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque Trio October 21, 7:30 p.m. at Sharon Martin Hall, Eisner Center (Tickets required)
September 26, 2023