The University of Mary Jazz Festival brings an eclectic group of musicians to the stage, and this year’s 45th annual performances feature individual artists and one quartet: Helen Sung, piano, Steve Davis, trombone, Corey Christiansen, guitar, Josh Johnson, saxophone, and True North, vocal jazz.
Performances are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Founders Hall in the Lumen Vitae University Center. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.umary.edu/jazz, through Eckroth Music and at the front door.
Sung, a child prodigy growing up in Houston, Texas, began her piano playing at a young age and is now a main attraction at famous venues around the world.
Davis is regarded as a leading improviser on the trombone and one of the most talented composers on the jazz scene.
Christiansen earned critical acclaim throughout the jazz community with his first CD “Awakening.” He has written several method books for Mel Bay Publications as well as articles for many major guitar magazines, including Downbeat Magazine.
Johnson arrived on the jazz scene with a unique sound and approach to improvisation. In 2015, he earned the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award for a piece called “Remember Forgot.”
True North is a contemporary ensemble of four singers — Ann Sheridan, Sharmila Lash, Fletcher Sheridan and Matt Falker — that brings a blend of high-powered vocal and instrumental jazz with elements of pop, rock and soul to present entertaining music. True North has appeared on four albums, including its 2016 release, “Voyage.”