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March 2: Jazzfest

Renowned jazz trumpet artist Terell Stafford to perform.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-18-13

MANKATO, Minn. – The Department of Music welcomes jazz legend Terell Stafford, trumpet, on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Stafford’s performance concludes activities associated with Jazzfest 2013. The performance, with the University Jazz Mavericks, takes place at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He has recorded six albums as a leader. His newest release is called This Side of Strayhorn which was said to be “the first must have album of 2012” and “pure genius.” In addition, Terell Stafford has recorded on over 90 recordings as a sideman.

Stafford says his best performing experience was his first, with Bobby Watson. “I didn’t have a lot of experience at that point and Watson was patient and taught me a lot. He showed me the world.” Stafford was also a member of the Tonight Show and You Bet Your Life big bands. He said, “the Tonight Show was incredible, it was a great band and experience. As for You Bet Your Life, Bill Cosby was a great mentor and gave great advice.”

Terell Stafford is not only a performer but also an educator. Stafford received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University. He currently is Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He serves as clinician at other elite programs and previously served as faculty for Juilliard’s Institute for Jazz Studies in New York. Stafford sits on the board of the Jazz Education Network. Stafford said, “I love departing knowledge that was imparted to me, I enjoy sharing my stories and experience, practicing tips, etc. with students. I need to keep up my game and playing so I can stay on a level I want for my students and myself. The best advice I could give an aspiring musician is to make sure to dedicate yourself to learning the fundamentals of your instrument, don’t focus on networking but on practicing. Study the history of your instrument and all the different kinds of music that relate to it.”

Terell Stafford’s performance at Minnesota State Mankato is part of an annual all-day Department of Music event. The Festival is open to instrumental high school and middle school jazz ensembles. Each group performs and receives a clinic from professional musicians and educators. Also included are master classes for rhythm, trumpet, trombone and saxophone sections. It is a semi-competitive festival, awards are presented to outstanding sections and soloists, and one participating high school band is selected to open the evening concert.

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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