20th Anniversiary Jazz Montana Festival


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Celebrating our 20th Anniversary, Jazz Montana has partnered with The MSU School of Music and The Ellen Theatre to present you with an incredible jazz festival experience! Come join us for 4 fun-filled days of jazz music and learning.

This year the festival will host 6 featured artists, and a jazz big band in concerts, masterclasses, jam sessions and lectures, with opening acts featuring our local Montana jazz stars!

The Ellen Theatre

The Ellen Theatre is a marvelous reflection of the glorious playhouses of yesteryear. This lavishly decorated palace, designed by renowned architect Fred Willson, was built by the sons of Nelson Story, a founder of Bozeman, and named for the family matriarch - Ellen.

Restored in 2008 by Montana TheatreWorks, The Ellen is now a shining showcase for great musical theatre, plays, community events, local performers and world-renowned talent. Opened in 1919, The Ellen originally hosted variety shows, silent movie premieres, school plays, weddings, symphony concerts and even an opera featuring a live elephant. This historic town landmark truly was the place to be on Friday night with your favorite sweetheart! It was also the venue for the Saturday children’s matinee and the Sunday family concert. The Ellen Theatre is proud to partner with MSU and Jazz Montana, hosting the 20th Anniversary Jazz Montana Festival.

MSU School Of Music

At MSU, the only top tier research university in a four-state region, music plays a very special role in the lives of both our students and our faculty. Our music, music education, and music technology degrees offer great choices for music majors, and our fifteen performing ensembles and a wide array of courses provide opportunities for majors, minors and non-majors. Many engineering, science, business, humanities, education and fine arts majors find their musical home here in the School of Music. Jazz programming and studies have a history and continue to be a growing genre at MSU.

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