Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival

Saturday, March 23, 2024

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For Middle School, High School, and University Jazz Ensembles and General Public


  • Tamir Hendelman, Piano
  • Guest Clinicians
  • The MTSU Faculty Jazztet
  • MTSU Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2
  • MTSU Jazz Combos




For further information, contact Jamey Simmons,

The festival honors the legacy of tenor saxophonist/band leader ILLINOIS JACQUET, who rose to prominence in the 1940s with the big bands of Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. To learn more about the Illinois Jacquet Foundation, go to We hope that you and your students will join us in this celebration of America’s great art form at Middle Tennessee State University. Best wishes for continuing success in your programs.

Jamey Simmons
Director of Jazz Studies
Middle Tennessee State University School of Music
Murfreesboro, TN 37132    (615) 898-2724

Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 23, 2024

All LIVE events occur in the Wright Music and Saunders Fine Arts buildings on the MTSU campus.
8:30 - 11:30 am Visiting ensembles perform in Hinton Hall
9:30 am - noon Visiting ensembles one-on-one clinics with guest clinicians in WMB 173
10:00 - 11:30 am   Jam session, visiting students, MTSU jazz students and faculty, SFA 117
11:30 am Presentation by Pamela Jacquet Davis of the Illinois Jacquet Foundation
9:00 am - noon MTSU Combo performances and clinics in SFA 101
Noon Break
1:00 - 2:00 pm MTSU Jazz Ensemble 2 with Don Aliquo, Director in Hinton Hall
2:15 - 3:15 pm Jazz faculty clinic and Q & A "The Art of Small Group Jazz Performance in Hinton Hall
3:30 - 4:30 pm Guest jazz clinic by jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman in Hinton Hall
4:30 pm Awards Ceremony in Hinton Hall
5:15 - 7:15 pm Concert" Tamir Hendelman with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, Jamey Simmons, Director, Hinton Hall



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Whether leading the Tamir Hendelman Trio or as a long-time member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, award-winning pianist and composer Tamir Hendelman is known for his dynamic and sensitive touch, and his imaginative arranging. Tamir Hendelman has toured and recorded with Natalie Cole (Still Unforgettable), Barbara Streisand (Love Is The Answer, One Night Only: Live at the Village Vanguard), Roberta Gambarini (Easy to Love), and in duo with Tierney Sutton, in venues from the US to Europe to Japan.  Mr. Hendelman appears on recordings by Paul McCartney, Michael Buble and Diana Krall. He has performed with Benny Golson, Eddie Henderson, Houston Person, James Moody and Sean Jones and has recorded and arranged for Richard Galliano, Lori Bell, Graham Dechter and Claudio Roditi.  In December 2021 Tamir Hendelman performed as a guest of the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops with conductor Byron Stripling at the helm.  Recordings as a sideman include Graham Dechter’s Minor Influence and the Jeff Hamilton Trio’s Catch Me If You Can. His own latest trio recording, Destinations reached #1 in the US jazz charts and explores his musical influences, while his first recording, Playground features him with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton with whom he has performed in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since 2001. When Tamir Hendelman premiered John Clayton’s version of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite in 2001 with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Mr. Peterson wrote: “It was a satisfying but strange feeling... to hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces I used to occupy in those pieces…”  A featured soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony on Rhapsody in Blue, Tamir performed 2018 and 2022 tributes to Antonio Carlos Jobim with members the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In December 2021 Tamir Hendelman performed as a guest of the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops with conductor Byron Stripling at the helm.

As a youth, he moved from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, winning Yamaha’s national keyboard competition, performing in Japan and the Kennedy Center, attending Tanglewood in 1998 and receiving a Bachelor of Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music in 1993 after studies with pianist/composers Clare Fischer and Billy Childs.  Since 2005 Tamir has taught at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music’s Global Jazz Studies department. He has served as a clinician at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival and been a judge at the American Pianists Association Competition.  Since 2013 the pianist has musically directed four concert tours in Israel, each with a focus such as the music of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach and Henry Mancini and more- with artists such as Giveton Gelin, Dayna Stephens, Justin Robinson, Freddie Hendrix and Angela Hagenbach. He has presented workshops for musicians at institutions from Indiana University to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and led interdisciplinary productions for the Cranbrook Institute, Idyllwild Arts and YoungArts.