Morehouse College Jazz Festival
The Morehouse College Jazz Festival, a vision of former band director Dr. Tim Turner, has grown since its inception in the Fall of 1998. Over the past few years the festival has attracted the support and talent of such world-renowned jazz icons as Jon Faddis, Kirk Whalum, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Hart, Carmen Bradford, Bill Banfield, James Williams, Billy Pierce, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, and Clark Terry. Under the direction of subsequent Directors of Bands, Mr. Melvin Jones, Mr. Clarence Johnson, and Mr. Blake Gaines, the vision has continued an upward path towards being one of the most enjoyable festivals in the City of Atlanta. Most recent performers include Sean Jones, lead trumpet with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (2005); Kebbi Williams, Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist (2006); Russell Gunn, Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter/ Composer (2007); Bernard Linette, Legendary Jazz Drummer (2006); Freddy Cole, History-making Jazz Singer and brother to the late Nat "King" Cole (2006); Kathleen Bertrand, Contemporary Jazz Singer and Bandleader (2007); Don Braden, Saxophone Virtuoso, Educator, and Composer (2007); Pulitzer Prize-Winning Jazz Trumpeter and Film Composer, Terence Blanchard (2009); and most recently Kent Jordan, Jazz Flautist and Smooth Jazz Pianist/ Composer, Bob Baldwin.