The Bethany College 2014 Jazz Festival will feature a performance by the Bob Montgomery Quintet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert will bring to a close a full day of live jazz performances – all free and open to the public.
Jazz ensembles from the area will perform throughout the day and attend a clinic conducted by Montgomery in the afternoon. Montgomery is an internationally recognized performing artist who has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, and many more.
He toured Europe with Clark Terry's "Big Bad Band", served as artist-in-residence in Adelaide, South Australia, appeared as featured soloist with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for the International Trumpet Guild, and appeared at Town Hall in New York City with Clark Terry for the New York JVC Jazz Festival's tribute to Clark Terry.
His reputation as an educator has earned him many awards, including "Teacher of the Year", "Jazz Educator and Performer of the Year", and "Colorado Jazz Educator Of The Year". In 2004 he was awarded the Bethany College Alumni of Merit Award for distinguished service in the Arts and in 2007 was inducted into the Garden City, Kansas (his hometown) Hall of Fame.
In 2012 the Five Points Jazz Festival honored him for lifetime contributions to the development and appreciation of Jazz. He has served both Kansas and Colorado as State IAJE President, and has directed All-State Jazz Ensembles in Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Iowa, and Oklahoma. He was founder and director of Clark Terry's All American Jazz Camp and Rich Matteson's Mile High Jazz Camp. He is Executive Director of Colorado Jazz Workshops, Inc., Founding board member of the "Colorado Gift of Jazz", advisory board member of the Telluride Jazz Celebration, and a member of the board of trustees for the International Foundation for Jazz. He is founder and director of the Telluride Student Jazz All-Star program held each year at the Telluride Jazz Celebration. This program has helped hundreds of young jazz musicians enter the world of jazz as professional performers (2014 is the 20th year of the program). He is an international artist/clinician for the Yamaha Musical Instrument Company.
Jazz ensembles performing on the Presser stage during the Jazz Festival include:
9 a.m. – Sterling Junior High Jazz Band, Larry Brownlee, director
10 a.m. – Hesston High School Jazz Band, Lyle Graverson, director
11 a.m. – Allen Community College Jazz Band & Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Ted Clous, director
1 p.m. – Hutchinson Community College Jazz Band, Nick Schoeder, director
2 p.m. – Paola High School Jazz Band, Nick Proctor, director
3 p.m. – Clinic with Bob Montgomery