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Education Days Downbeat Invitational 

The 2014 Tri-C JazzFest DownBeat Invitational

It is with great excitement that we invite you to be a part of the 35th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland.

The DownBeat Invitational will be presented at the Tri-C Metro Campus April 10-11, 2014.  Bassist Christian McBride, the 2014 JazzFest artist in residence, will be joined by pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.  

 Christian McBride  Ulysses Owens  Christian Sands

The days will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include a mid-day performance by the Christian McBride Trio, as well as organized jam sessions, a workshop for directors only and hands-on classes and q&a with the kids.  We urge you to invite your student combos as well as your big bands.

DownBeat Invitational Schedule (April 10-11, 2014)

8:30 a.m. Registration

11:30 a.m. Band Adjudications

11:30 a.m. Lunch break

Noon-1:00 p.m. Concert by Christian McBride Trio and special guests

1-1:15 p.m. Quick Break

1:15-2:15 p.m. Session - How to Swing – art of the rhythm section

2:15-3 p.m. Supervised jam session for all students

2:30-3 p.m. Shop talk - Band directors round table on choosing charts, working with horn sections and jazz articulations, guiding students to improvisation and voicing tools.

Cost and Registration

The special early bird cost is $185 (by Feb. 15) and $235 Feb. 16 and after, and includes registration fees per group and lunch vouchers.  

Please contact Dorothy Hirsch at or 216-987-4940 to register.

How to reach us


Attention Band Directors:

Tri-C Jazz Studies presents numerous ways for you and your students to become involved in performances, master classes and more. For information on the DownBeat Invitational at Tri-C JazzFest 2014, or with other Jazz Studies programs, contact Steve Enos at 216-987-4256.

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