Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival

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TO: Middle Tennessee music students, directors, and general public

Greetings to you. The MTSU School of Music and the Illinois Jacquet Foundation invite you and your high school students to participate in the 2022 MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival.  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 are excited for your students to participate in our sessions on Saturday, April 2, 2022.   For a $20 registration fee, students have access to all of the educational activities, including MTSU student performances, the student jam session, guest clinics and the 5:30 p.m. headline concert featuring Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch.  All events in Hinton Hall are accessible online through the MTSU School of Music YouTube livestream at . The festival is full of outstanding educational components including: 

  • Saturday 3:30 p.m. guest clinic by Downbeat magazine and Grammy award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. An alumnus of the bands of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Eddie Palmieri, Brian will discuss his career as a working jazz musician, composer, educator, give trumpet insights, and details about jazz improvisation.  Lynch’s appearance is partially supported through an MTSU Distinguish Lecturer Grant.
  • Saturday 5:30 p.m. celebration concert featuring MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, Grammy award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. Tickets for the night concert are provided for students and students’ families, general public tickets are $10.
  • Saturday morning: MTSU Combo performances for highly respected jazz pianist educator-adjudicator, Pat Coil and faculty clinicians in a non-competitive format.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. jam session for visiting students and MTSU students led by MTSU students and faculty.
  • Saturday 1:00 p.m. MTSU Jazz Ensemble II performance, directed by Don Aliquo.
  • Faculty clinic the Art of Small Group Jazz Performance by the MTSU Faculty Quintet, Brian Mueller (drums), Jonathan Wires (bass), Matt Endahl (piano), Jamey Simmons (trumpet), and Don Aliquo (saxophone). Topics include soloist/rhythm section interaction, jazz styles, song form, basic arranging, and musicality.

Registration for the festival is at  For further information, contact Jamey Simmons, Registration for the event will be open until Thursday, March 31st.     

We hope that you and your students will joins 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, April 2, 2022

All LIVE performances occur in Hinton Hall, available to the public, and online through the
MTSU School of Music livestream, available at

8:15 a.m.      Student registration begins

9:00 a.m.      MTSU Burgess combo performance and clinic with Pat Coil, Hinton Hall

10:00 a.m.     MTSU Wires combo performance and clinic with Pat Coil, Hinton Hall

9-11:00 a.m.     Jam Session, visiting students, MTSU jazz students and faculty, SFA 101

11:00 a.m.     MTSU Endahl Combo performance and clinic with Pat Coil, Hinton Hall

12:00 p.m.     Brown Bag luinch Q & A with the Illinois Jacquet Foundation and MTSU Jazz Students, IRH

1:00 p.m.       MTSU Jazz Ensemble 2, Don Aliquo, Director, Hinton Hall

2:15 p.m.        MTSU Jazz Faculty Quintet – performance and Q & A – the Art of Small Group Jazz Performance, Hinton Hall  \

3:30 p.m.        Guest clinic by Grammy-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch

5:30 p.m.         Concert: trumpeter Brian Lynch with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I, Jamey Simmons, Director



Pat Coil

Pat Coil is an accomplished pianist, composer, producer, arranger, teacher, and highly respected studio musician. His credits span the musical spectrum of jazz, R&B, pop, country and gospel.  Mr. Coil has toured Europe, Japan, South America, Australia, Canada and the United States with exceptional artists like Michael McDonald, Carmen McCrae, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Woody Herman, Larry Carlton and Olivia Newton John.  Partial recording credits include: Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Trisha Yearwood, Ernie Watts, Michael McDonald, George Strait, Peter Cetera, Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech, Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, Kenny Rogers, Travis Tritt, and Woody Herman. Pat has also played on hundreds of commercials, televisions shows and film scores, and composes for several library and TV/Film companies, including music for Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray and Inside Edition.

Living now in Nashville, Tennessee, Pat continues to compose and produce original music, underscores and musical projects which are heard worldwide in a variety of media. Additionally, Pat taught jazz piano, improvisation and combos at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), and most recently served as an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University Of North Texas (UNT). He also currently teaches at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

Pat has recorded several solo albums including his newest release “Music For Humans & Other Species”. These are available at and most music media sites. He has a new release coming out this year on Burton Avenue Music featuring his trio with Danny Gottlieb on drums, and Jacob Jezioro on bass.    



Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch is the Studio Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC Department of Studio Music and Jazz. In addition, Professor Lynch directs other ensembles in the Studio Music and Jazz program, including the Art Blakey and Horace Silver ensembles.

Professor Lynch is a Grammy© Award recipient and he brings an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience to his teaching as well as his music. An honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and jazz master Phil Woods. He has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson, Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs, and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released over 20 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and he continues to tour the world with various ensembles, a reflection of the wide sweep of his music.

Voted Trumpeter Of The Year and recipient of the Record Of The Year Award by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2017, Professor Lynch’s talents have also been recognized by top placements in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet, Critics Poll) as well as feature stories and highly rated reviews for his work in the New York TimesJazz Times, and Downbeat. He has received multiple Grammy Award nominations -- the latest in 2016 for his Madera Latino project -- and garnered a Grammy win in 2006 for Best Latin Jazz Album. He is also the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet the Composer.

Professor Lynch’s independent record label, Hollistic MusicWorks, has released a series of critically acclaimed recordings under his name since its inception in 2010, including the Grammy Award nominated Madera Latino (2016), Questioned Answer (2014), and the Unsung Heroes series of recordings (2011-13), the latter of which were awarded a 5 star “masterpiece” rating by Downbeat magazine.  Lynch also released seventeen albums as a leader between 1987 and 2010 on the Criss Cross, Ken, Sharp Nine, Cellar Live, Nagel Heyer, EWE, Zoo’t Jazz, Artist Share, and Venus recording labels. Professor Lynch’s discography as a featured artist and sideman includes over 200 recordings, including nine albums with Eddie Palmieri, thirteen albums as part of the Phil Woods Quintet, and three albums with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, all of which feature his contributions as arranger, composer, and featured soloist. Other notable recordings include albums with Prince, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Issac Delgado, Donald Harrison, George Russell, Tito Puente, and many other artists.