DePauw Jazz Festival

Featuring Guest Clinician Eddie Henderson, Jazz Trumpet
Saturday, November 18, 2017

The DePauw School of Music welcomes all interested middle and high school jazz ensembles to participate in the Third Annual DePauw Jazz Festival. As a registered participant, each group is allocated a 20-minute performance opportunity, directly followed by a 20-minute coaching session with this year’s acclaimed guest artist and clinician Dr. Eddie Henderson. In addition, musicians and directors are invited to the festival closing concert by the DePauw Jazz Ensemble, featuring the exemplary jazz stylings of Henderson on trumpet.


Registration is available on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend registering early to ensure space for your group.

The festival’s $100 group registration fee includes:

  • 20-minute performance slot on one of our main stages
  • 20-minute clinic with our guest artist/clinicians
  • Admission to all day-time school and highlighted performances
  • Admission to all jazz master classes with featured guest artists
  • Tickets for all student musicians and ensemble directors to the evening concert

Tentative Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. — Check-in for participating bands begins
  • 11 a.m. — Group I bands begin warming up
  • 11:30 a.m. — Group I bands begin performing
  • 1 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. — Master class with guest clinician Eddie Henderson
  • 2 p.m. — Group II afternoon bands begin warming up
  • 2:30 p.m. — Group II bands begin performing
  • 4:45 p.m. — Dinner
  • 6 p.m. — Closing Concert: DePauw Jazz Ensemble with Eddie Henderson, trumpet

About Eddie Henderson

One of the best and most original jazz trumpeters today, Eddie Henderson was born on October 26, 1940, in New York City, where his father sang with the Charioteers, and his mother danced as one of the Brown twins at the famed Cotton Club in Harlem. Jazz legend Louis Armstrong gave him his first few trumpet lessons at the age of nine. When he was 14, Eddie moved with his family to San Francisco, where he began study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Around 1956, while a guest at the Hendersons’ home during a gig at the Black Hawk Jazz Club, a west coast hot spot, Miles Davis was impressed by Eddie’s ability to perform Davis’s famous Sketches of Spain without a fluff, encouraging him to seek his own originality. Advice that he took to heart.

Following Air Force service from 1958–61, Henderson became the first African American to compete for the National Figure Skating Championship, winning the Pacific and Midwestern titles. The year 1961 also marked the beginning of his dual career in music and medicine. After receiving a bachelor of science degree in zoology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, he went on to complete an M.D. at Howard University Medical School, an internship at San Francisco’s French Hospital and a two-year residency at the University of California Hospital — all while continuing to pursue his love of music.

Henderson first got worldwide recognition for his jazz trumpet playing (and the nickname “Funk Surgeon”) from the popular recordings he made during the early ’70s. Among the many jazz performers with whom he has played over the decades are Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Slide Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Jackie McClean, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders, and McCoy Tyner.

Dr. Henderson has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School since 2007 and of the Oberlin University jazz faculty since 2014. His discography consists of albums under his name on Blue Note, Capitol, Capricorn Records, Columbia, Furthermore, Kind of Blue, Sirocco, Smoke Sessions, and SteepleChase Records.

This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Illiana, and
the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


BANNER PHOTO: Eddie Henderson by Victor Hugo Guidini