Department of Music

SUU High School Jazz Festival PosterThe 5th Annual Southern Utah University

High School Jazz Festival

Feb 23rd 2019

Featuring Renowned Pianist Stephen Anderson and Bassist Jeffery Eckels

 Concert - 4pm Heritage Center, Cedar City

The SUU High School Jazz Festival is an education-based event with the intent of providing high schools with the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from qualified jazz adjudicators. This is not a competitive event, (however, recognition will be given to outstanding soloists and outstanding sections.) Additionally, students can learn firsthand from internationally recognized artists in a clinic format. 

This one-day event includes adjudicated, high school performances, a mid-day clinic, and a late afternoon concert (4 pm) featuring our guest artist and the SUU Jazz Ensemble. Application fee is 125.00 per ensemble and 50.00 per additional ensemble. Registration times are limited and are arranged on a first-come, first-served, basis. Click this link to complete the registration. For further questions, contact Adam E. Lambert at 


STEPHEN ANDERSON is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist whose music has been published on fourteen compact discs through Summit, Albany, Nagel Heyer Records, and other labels. Four of Anderson’s recordings have appeared on the Grammy® Awards ballots representing Summit Records—Nation Degeneration (53rd), Believe (56th), 360 ̊ Jazz Initiative, Distracted Society (58th), and The Dominican Jazz Project (59th). The Dominican Jazz Project similarly represented the label at the 17th Annual Latin Grammy® Awards in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Best Jazz CD.” Both the Stephen Anderson Trio Nation Degeneration and Forget Not CDs received 41⁄2 stars (out of 5) from the All Music Guide, and Forget Not was nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008). Anderson was pianist with the Lynn Seaton Trio (2000-03), the North Texas One O’clock Lab Band (Lab 2000-01), was winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival piano competition (1997), and keyboardist for gold-recording country artist, Kevin Sharp (1996-97). His work with the Dominican Jazz Project and with Juan Alamo’s Marimjazzia Latin jazz ensembles have led him to perform at multiple festivals in the Caribbean since 2014. As a composer, his works have been performed by ensembles throughout the United States, including the West Point Military Academy Band, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Montclair State Wind Symphony, Crested Butte Chamber Orchestra, the MIT Concert Band and many others, and at such venues as the College Band Directors National Association, the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and the Australian Trumpet Guild. Awards include two commissions from the Barlow Endowment (2005, 2010), finalist, West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum competition (2011), Chapman Family Foundation Teaching Award (2014), Junior Faculty Development Award-UNC (2008), United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the UNC Research Council, the “Village Pride, Hometown Hero Award” WCHL Chapel Hill Radio (2008), Endeavors magazine features (2013, 2008), and reviews in All About Jazz, Jazz Times, All Music Guide, and PAS. Dr. Anderson is Professor of Composition and Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina and is Director of the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop (

JEFFRY ECKELS is in high demand as a bassist and has substantial performing credits. Eckels pursued the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in music from the University of North Texas where he performed with the renowned 1 O’clock Lab Band and has served as adjunct jazz bass faculty. He received his Master of Arts in double bass performance from the University of Wisconsin and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was the head of the Bass and Ear Training Department at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Jeff has performed extensively around the country as a bassist for numerous jazz festivals and recording dates, as well as with symphony orchestras in Madison, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa. He also served as principal bassist for Public Radio International’s radio show Michael Felman’s “Whad’Ya Know?” as a guest soloist at the Aspen Music Festival; and in 2005 performed with singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler for the Oscar Award-winning song “Al Otro Lado Del Rio” from The Motorcycle Diaries. Eckels later served as Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Eckels has recorded and toured with the Stephen Anderson Trio and has appeared on both of the Summit Records releases—Believe (2013) Nation Degeneration (2010) and Forget Not (2008).