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Carol Moore Memorial Jazz Festival

Join us for the 33rd annual MAC Jazz Festival on March 1st and 2nd, 2019.

Featured guest artist:

Sean Jones


About our featured guest artist:

The young jazz veteran trumpeter Sean Jones believes passionately in championing the creative arc of artists who are committed to their life journey. “I think the progression of the art form comes with people being allowed to be themselves in their rawest form with no compromise,” he has noted.

Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Jones switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10. Years later, he still cites Miles’ overall artistic vision and purity of sound as his greatest personal influence. He also credits the profound impact of hearing John Coltrane with cementing his course as a trumpeter, composer, educator, and activist.

After receiving his master’s degree from Rutgers University, Jones had a six-month stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. This marked the beginning of a relationship with Wynton Marsalis, whose personal work ethic and ability to break barriers had already made a significant impact on the emerging artist. Marsalis offered Jones a permanent position as lead trumpeter with the LCJO and Jones remained there until 2010.

A highly respected and in-demand musician, Jones has recorded and/or performed with many major figures including Joe Lovano, Chico O’Farrill, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson, and Marcus Miller. The relationship with Miller led to another highly impacting experience when Jones was selected by Miller, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles tour in 2011.

Currently, Jones is artistic director of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances, and a member of The SF JAZZ Collective. In addition, he serves as a member of the Jazz Education Network’s Board of Directors and was recently appointed as artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz, which makes its Carnegie Hall debut and inaugural European tour in the summer of 2018. He has recently released his eighth recording, Live from Jazz at the Bistro, on Mack Avenue Records.

Heavily involved in education, Jones taught at the Berklee College of Music as the chair of the Brass Department before joining the Peabody Conservatory as the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies in 2018. He has also taught at Duquesne University and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, while regularly offering master classes and clinics all around the world.

For more information or to hear more music, visit

2019 Jazz Festival Forms

Festival Performance Application

Sample Festival Schedule

(Complete schedule to be published on January 31, 2019)

Letter to Directors

Adjudicator Bios

(Coming Soon)

Festival Fees & Guidelines

Band Personnel Listing

(Coming Soon)

Campus Map

Repertoire / Soloist Sheet

(Coming Soon)

2019 Adjudicator Roster

Adjudicator Roster TBA very soon. Stay tuned for more information about our adjudicator/clinicians...

The foundation for the community college’s annual jazz festival was based on the hard work and commitment of the late music instructor, Carol Moore. The jazz festival was renamed in her memory after she passed away in 2008.


Previous MAC Jazz Festival guest artists include:


2018 - Melissa Aldana, Tenor Saxophone 2002 - Lou Marini, Tenor Saxophone

2017 - The Jeff Hamilton Trio

2001 - Byron Stripling, Trumpet

2016 - Doc Severinsen, Trumpet

2000 - Conrad Herwig, Trombone

2015 - New York Voices, Vocal

1999 - Jon Faddis, Trumpet

2014 - Roger Ingram, Trumpet

1998 - Pete Christlieb, Tenor Saxophone

2013 - Phil Woods, Alto Saxophone

1997 - Bill Watrous, Trombone

2012 - Delfeayo Marsalis, Trombone

1996 - Louis Bellson, Drums

2011 - Jim Widner, Bass

- Kim Park, Flute & Alto Sax

- Mike Shannon, Tenor Sax

- Brett Stamps, Trombone

1995 - Clark Terry, Trumpet

2010 - Denis Diblasio, Sax

1994 - Frank Mantooth, Piano

2009 - Joey DeFrancesco, Organ

1993 - Steve Wiest, Trombone

2008 - Wayne Bergeron, Trumpet

1992 - Ed Soph, Drums

2007 - Steve Wiest, Trombone

1991 - Jamey Aebersold, Alto Saxophone

2006 - Jim Manley, Trumpet

1990 - Guido Basso, Trumpet

2005 - Larry Coryell, Guitar

- Reggie Thomas, Organ

1989 - Marvin Stamm, Trumpet
2004 - Bobby Shew, Trumpet 1988 - Jerry Coker, Tenor Saxophone
2003 - 1987 - Marvin Stamm, Trumpet