NT Jazz Fest History

We're fortunate to have had 33 years of unbelieveable artists at our jazz festival...

2016
Chris Potter Big Band
The John Wojciechowski Quartet
Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra
The Jazz Director's Big Band 

2015
The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band
Luke Malewicz Quintet
Clinician's Pro Jam
The Jazz Director's Big Band

2014
Christian McBride Big Band
Caroline Davis Quartet
University of Illinois Jazz Ensemble (* did not appear due to weather - replaced by clinician's jazz session) 
The Jazz Director's Big Band 

2013

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, 
directed by Dennis Mackrel
Adam Kromelow Trio
The Eastman Jazz Ensemble 
The Jazz Director’s Big Band

2012

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble directed by Dana Hall
with special guest Nicholas Payton
Marquis Hill Black-tet
The Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra
The Jazz Director’s Big Band 


2011

The Mingus Big Band
Herculaneum
The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Director’s Big Band


2010

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
The John Wojciechowski Quartet
The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble directed by Bob Lark
The Jazz Director’s Big Band


2009

The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes
Special improvisation clinic by Jamey Aebersold
The Jazz Directors Big Fat Band
The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble from Washington, D.C.


2008

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble directed by Jon Faddis
The Indiana University Jazz Ensemble directed by Pat Harbison
with special guest, Steve Houghton, drums
The Spam All-Stars from Miami, Florida
The Jazz Directors Big Fat Band


2007

The Tito Puente All-Star Alumni Big Band with
Eddie Palmieri, piano
Darren Kramer and DKO Electric Quartet
The University. of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble
director by Bob Baca
The Jazz Directors Big Fat Band


2006

Sherri Maricle and the DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA
The Falconaires from Air Force Academy
Goran Ivanovic Group
The Jazz Directors Big Fat Band


2005

The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band
The Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble - Fred Sturm, director
The Tito Carillo Jazz Quintet
The Jazz Directors Big Fat Band


2004

The Bob Mintzer Big Band
The University of Illinois Jazz Ensemble
The Mark Colby Quartet
The Jazz Directors Big Band


2003

The Count Basie Orchestra
The Shades of Blue Air Force Jazz Ensemble
The Ryan Cohan Quartet
The Jazz Directors Big Band


2002

John Fedchock's New York Big Band
The Roosevelt University Jazz Ensemble - Rob Parton, director
The Zach Brock Quartet
The Jazz Directors Big Band


2001

The Buddy Rich Big Band with Dave Weckl, drums
and Steve Marcus, leader
The Elmhurst College Jazz Ensemble


2000

The Rob Parton ROPA Big Band
with guest artist Byron Stripling, trumpet;
The Senior Center Stompers Dixieland Band


1999

The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin
Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble
DuSable High School Gospel Choir


1998

DIVA, No Man's Band  with Sherrie Maricle and Ellen Rowe
DePaul University Jazz Ensemble


1997

The Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra
Kevin Mahogany and the Illinois Weslyan Jazz Ensemble


1996

Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass with Steve Spiegl
Bob Kase and the Ball State University Jazz Ensemble


1995

The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Frank Foster with
Rob Parton and Roy Leonard


1994

The Duke Ellington Orchestra directed by Mercer Ellington,
with Howard Levy and Ken Nordine


1993

Maynard Ferguson with Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band and Ed Palermo


1992

The Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi


1991

The Artie Shaw Orchestra directed by Dick Johnson,
with Buddy DeFranco


1990

The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Frank Foster,
with Matt Harris


1989

Clark Terry and Louie Bellson with the N.I.U. Jazz Ensemble


1988

The Tonight Show "All-Stars"
with the Birch Creek Music Center "All Star" Big Band


1987

Dizzy Gillespie with the Jazz Members Big Band


1986

The Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Woody Herman


1985

The Airmen of Note
(U.S. Air Force Jazz Ensemble), directed by David Steinmeyer

1984

The Buddy Childers Big Band
and the New Trier High School Jazz Ensemble with Jamey Aebersold