The 16th Season of MTSU’s Jazz Series opens Monday, October 20th as tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath joins the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I and MTSU jazz faculty to present “A Tribute to Illinois Jacquet.”  This salute celebrates the American jazz tenor saxophonist’s 60-year-plus career that deeply influenced jazz, blues, and rock artists.
In addition to the concert, a special presentation will be made by Dr. Pamela Jacquet Davis to mark the establishment of a new jazz scholarship established by the Illinois Jacquet Foundation. “It’s in the spirit of celebration that we bring in Jimmy Heath, a true jazz legend who shared the stage with Jacquet,” said Jamey Simmons, jazz trumpeter and coordinator of jazz studies in MTSU’s School of Music. Heath is recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist as well as a magnificent composer and arranger. He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, including Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Coltrane, Benny Golson, Charlie Parker and Max Roach.
Tickets for the October 20 concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building, are $10 for the public. Admission is free for MTSU students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. Discounts for area music students and educators also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 615-898-2724 or emailing

You can learn more about Heath and listen to his latest release, “Togetherness,” at his website, The Illinois Jacquet Foundation has more information about Jacquet, including performance videos, at its website,

MTSU 2014 – 2015 Jazz Artist Series
  • Monday, October 20 – Tenor Saxophonist Jimmy Heath
    Tuesday, October 21 – Heath will present a free public music clinic
    11:30 a.m. in Room 303 of the Saunders Fine Arts Building on campus  
  • Friday, February 13 – MTSU Jazz Alumni Big Band directed by John Duke
  • Saturday, March 21 – Pianist Bill Cunliffe
For more information about MTSU’s Jazz Artist Series or any other events in the MTSU School of Music, please visit or call 615-898-2493.