Past Adjudicators & Special Guests

2019 Guest Artist: Charles McPherson

Charles McPherson with saxophone

This year’s guest artist will be legendary saxophonist Charles McPherson. Mr. McPherson will be presenting concerts with the UP Jazz Ensemble on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00pm and Thursday, April 18 at 11:30am. He will also give master classes on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30pm and on Thursday, April 18 at 10:15am. Mr. McPherson will be joining the UP Jazz Festival after recent performances at Lincoln Center (New York) and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.). More information on Charles McPherson can be found on his website:

Adjudicators and clinicians for this year's festival are Dan Davey, Susie Jones, Joe Manis, and Cassio Vianna.