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MAC Jazz Ensembles' Winter Concert

Join us for an evening of great music featuring Mineral Area College student jazz combos and the MAC Jazz Ensemble with a special guest artist.

When: 6:30 pm Thursday December 6, 2018

Where: Mineral Area College Theater 5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills, MO 63601

Tickets: $5 General Admission at the Door

Featuring tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator

Adam Larson

Hear Adam Larson's composition "Suitable Replacement" below

Adam Larson bio

Originally from Normal, IL, Adam Larson is an American saxophonist, composer and author. An endorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures, Adam began playing saxophone at the age of 11. 

Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. As a student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band of America among others. Upon graduating high school in 2008, Adam moved to New York City to pursue his BM and MM in Jazz Performance on full-scholarship from The Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated with honors as a Master's student as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz in 2014. 


Larson has released four albums; two under the Inner Circle Music label and two produced independently. Larson’s most recent recording “Second City” received a four-star rating from Downbeat magazine, was listed as one of the best releases of 2017 in both Downbeat and Jazziz Magazine, and was prominently featured in several publications. Larson keeps an active schedule with his own groups and as a sideman, having performed at several venues across the U.S. including The Jazz Standard, Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Jazz at The Bistro, The Jazz Estate, The Jazz Showcase, and several others.

Adam has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. He was a guest artist at the 2017 Sopot Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland and has toured India,Taiwan, Holland, and Germany as well much of the United States. In 2015 Larson’s quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department's "American Music Abroad" program and toured Africa for 35 days visiting The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana.

Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and Universities across the Midwest and beyond, including appearances at HKU Conservatory-Utrecht, University of Iowa, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, and University of North Texas among many others. 

Adam is the author of a jazz etude book entitled “Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone”, that has been sold in over 30 countries and States. He maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written more than thirty original works to date. Adam was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to compose the All-State composition for the 2020 convention. Larson is a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing” program, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad. 

With a vested interest in giving back, Larson has worked in various capacities with organizations that showcase exceptional young talent in the United States. Adam has served as a mentor for the Grammy Foundation and as an adjudicator for the YoungArts organization. Serving in the role of creative director of the YoungArts New York regional show, Larson has presented multiple genre-bending, interdisciplinary performances held at the Baryshhnikov Arts Center in New York City. Larson currently resides in New York with his beautiful wife, Tierney and son, Jack.


2019 Mineral Area College

Carol Moore Memorial Jazz Festival

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

2019 Guest Artists/Judges' Roster



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.

Tickets available in the MAC Bookstore.

For more information or ticketing info contact

Bennett Wood: 573.518.2256

or email



2019 JAZZ FEST Forms

2019 Jazz Festival Forms


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