Jazz Guitar Festival

Upcoming Events

Mon, Apr 30
7:00 PM
Burke Hall, Recital Hall
About the Series 

The Denison University Department of Music proudly hosts the longest continually running Jazz Guitar Festival in the United States! Founded by Denison's own Tom Carroll, jazz guitarist and coordinator of Jazz Studies, began the festival in 1997 to promote the virtuosity of jazz guitar playing. 17 years later the festival is stronger than ever.

Each festival features world-famous jazz guitarists from around the globe. These legendary performers also present workshops, concerts, receptions and lead open jam sessions for participants. Refreshments are complimentary and the public are invited and encouraged to meet the guitarists and join in the jam sessions. The highlight of each festival is the Grand Finale concert which typically features a concert with all clinicians and performers.

Series Archives

2017 - 2018

Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo concert (95457)
November 15, 2017

The Denison University Jazz Ensemble and the Denison Jazz Combo present a concert.

21st Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival: Concert II (101489)
October 29, 2017

The Department of Music presents the 21st Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival Concert II, featuring the Olli Soikkeli Trio.

21st Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival: Concert I (101490)
October 28, 2017

The Department of Music presents the 21st Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival Concert I, featuring guitarist Russell Malone.

21st Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival: Guitar Clinics (101491)
October 28, 2017

The 21st Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival holds guitar clinics on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2016 - 2017

Denison University Jazz Ensemble concert (82645)
November 16, 2016

The Denison University Jazz Ensemble presents a concert.

20th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival Concert II (82649)
November 6, 2016

The Department of Music presents the 20th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival concert featuring Brazilian jazz legends Trio da Paz.

20th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival Concert I (82650)
November 5, 2016

The Department of Music presents the 20th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival concert featuring guitar legend Gene Bertoncini.

Denison Jazz Guitar Festival: Guitar Clinics (87159)
November 5, 2016

The 20th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival holds guitar clinics on Saturday, Nov. 5. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2015 - 2016

Jazz Weekend Concert (Early) (50061)
April 3, 2016

The Denison University Jazz Studies Area welcomes Tom Carroll presenting a recital with B3 Organist Bobby Floyd and drummer Jim Rupp.

Jazz Weekend Concert (Late) (50062)
April 2, 2016

The Denison University Faculty and Student Jazz groups present a concert featuring trumpeter Dwight Adams.

2014 - 2015

April 19, 2015

The Department of Music presents a Spring Jazz Weekend featuring Richard Lopez, piano and Ryan Hamilton, trombone and Pete Mills, director.

19th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival: Concert I (43016)
January 1, 2015

The Department of Music presents the 19th Annual Jazz Guitar Festival, with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub, guitar and Special Guest Frank Vignola.

19th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival: Concert II (43031)
January 1, 2015

The Denison Department of Music presents the 19th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival under the direction of Tom Carroll.

Denison University Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert (38103)
November 19, 2014

The Department of Music presents a Denison University Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert with special guests the Martin Wind Quartet.

The Duke Robillard Band in Concert (38000)
October 5, 2014

The Department of Music presents the Duke Robillard Band in Concert, followed by the Grand Finale Concert with Tom Carroll and Howard Alden.

An Evening with Jazz Guitar Legend Howard Alden (37997)
October 4, 2014

The Department of Music presents an evening with Jazz Guitar legend Howard Alden.

Jazz Guitar Festival Clinics  (37998)
October 4, 2014

The Department of Music presents the 18th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival Clinics.

2013 - 2014

Jazz guitar jam (Early) (38773)
March 9, 2014

The Denison Department of Music presents the 17th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival over two days.

Jazz guitar jam (Late) (38768)
March 8, 2014

The Denison Department of Music presents the 17th Annual Denison Jazz Guitar Festival over two days.