The 39th Annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival

The largest event of its kind in the nation, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival brings together internationally recognized artists, jazz lovers, award-winning clinicians, and over 300 college, high school, and middle school big bands, combos, and jazz vocal groups from across the country. Each year, over 7,000 participants enjoy the main stage concerts, after-hours sessions, daytime performances, and the many educational workshop sessions.

The Festival is a non-competitive educational and cultural facet of the UNC Jazz Studies Program, the UNC School of Music and the College of Performing and Visual Arts that furthers the University of Northern Colorado’s mission of lifelong learning and commitment to service.

Featured Artists

Chris Potter

The 39th Annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival will continue a tradition of bringing some of the most prominent and highly respected names in jazz to Northern Colorado for three evening Main Stage Concerts. We are very excited to announce our featured artists for the 2009 festival!


  • Thursday, April 23 will feature Grammy Award winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater with DownBeat Award Winning UNC Jazz Lab Band I and vocal acapella group Sixth Wave.
  • Friday, April 24 includes a Maynard Ferguson Tribute featuring trumpeter and Concord Recording Artist Wayne Bergeron with UNC Jazz Lab Band I and the six-time Grammy nominated Mingus Big Band.
  • Saturday, April 25 features Grammy nominated saxophonist Chris Potter with his cutting edge contemporary jazz group, Underground, and the Jazz Festival All-Star Big Band with Gene Aitken.


Registration is now open for the 2009 UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Please visit our Registration page to view all registration details and to download the registration form. Directors, be sure to register your groups early to receive discounted Early Bird Registration pricing and preferred performance times!

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