Ohio University

2019 Athens Jazz Fest (April 8-14)

2019 Athens Jazz Fest (April 8-14)

The 2019 Athens Jazz Festival, April 8-14, expanded this year to a week’s worth of performances, presentations, and jam sessions surrounding America’s music!

Local Athens and Ohio University musicians and scholars will be joined by headlining artists including the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, Saxophonist Mike Tomaro, and the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. Most events are free, and occur all around the city and campus, including Casa Nueva, Tony’s the Athens Public Library, Athens Uncorked, ARTS/West, Memorial Auditorium and Glidden Hall.

Full Schedule

Event locations and details are at www.athensjazzfestival.org

Featured Guest Artists


University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band 

University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band

The One O’Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Alan Baylock, is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program. With an unprecedented seven Grammy Award® nominations from the library of over seventy critically acclaimed recordings to date, the One O’Clock Lab Band is noted for exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance. 

Saxaphonist Mike Tomaro

Mike Tomaro, 2019 Jazz festival

Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA since 1997.  Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. While a member of this group, he served as its Enlisted Musical Director and performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton as well as heads of state from around the world. 

The Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra

Columbus Youth Symphony Jazz Band

The Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, with director Mark Donovan, will open our Athens Jazz Festival concert on Friday April 12, 7:30PM, at Memorial Auditorium. This FREE concert also features headlining group, the University of North Texas 1:00 Lab Band! Comprised of premier players in grades 9-12 from central Ohio and beyond, the CYJO has a 30-week season during the school year, and performs at the Southern Theatre prior to each of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra’s Sunday matinee concerts.



Monday April 8
Jazz @ Lincoln Center Webcast Presentation - Athens Public Library - 7pm
Coolville Hot Club Jam Session - Casa Nueva - 8:30pm

Tuesday April 9
Jazz Instrument Workshop - ARTS/West - 5pm
Word of Mouth Jazz Band - Tony’s - 9pm

Wednesday April 10
Meyer/Eddy Jazz Duo - Athens Uncorked - 8pm

Thursday April 11
Lecture/Video Presentation on Wayne Shorter with Professor Art Cromwell - Glidden Hall 101 - 5pm

Friday April 12
Concert featuring University of North Texas 1:00 Lab Band and Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra - Memorial
Auditorium - 7:30pm

Saturday April 13
High School Jazz Festival - Memorial Auditorium - 9am-2pm
Concert featuring guest Mike Tomaro, saxophone, with Ohio University Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Percussion
Ensemble - Memorial Auditorium - 4pm

Sunday April 14
Concert featuring guest Mike Tomaro, saxophone, with Ohio University jazz faculty and Jazz Ensemble I -
ARTS/West - 1pm
Small Group Jazz and Jam Session with Students and Faculty - Athens Uncorked - 8pm