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Morningside announces guest artists for jazz festival

February 1, 2018, in Latest News, Music

David Sharp Easton Stuard

David Sharp, who has written music performed around the world, and Easton Stuard, who has recorded on 12 albums and toured internationally, will perform during the 46th annual Morningside College Jazz Festival Feb. 7-9 in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.

Sharp and Stuard will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, with the Morningside Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo in Eppley. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sharp is a saxophonist and composer of jazz, big band, brass ensemble, and orchestral music. His works have been performed and/or recorded by musicians throughout the world, including Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Karrin Allyson, the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and the Des Moines Big Band. Sharp is a professor of instrumental music and jazz at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. He previously taught and directed jazz ensembles at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned a master’s degree in music.

Stuard plays piano, flute, drums and bass. He has recorded on 12 albums, and toured internationally with the band Hello, Dollface. Stuard regularly performs in the Southwest with The Afrobeatniks and HoneyHawk. He was a founding member of Old Style Sextet, an Illinois-based ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of original jazz music. He teaches at Fort Lewis College, co-owns and operates The Music School Ltd., and directs bands at St. Columba School in Durango, Colo. He has a doctorate in jazz performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, nearly 40 jazz bands from high schools in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska will each perform a 20-minute set and participate in a clinic with Sharp or Stuard. These sessions are free and open to the public.