John Clayton Jazz

2021 Collegiate Jazz Festival

Notre Dame’s 63rd annual Collegiate Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m.


There are 5 professional clinicians, who will adjudicate and critique the participating college jazz ensembles. The clinicians have been assembled by John Clayton, who has been an outstanding clinician at CJF several times in the past. These five world-class musicians are:

  • Tia Fuller, alto saxophone (link)
  • Gerald Clayton, piano (link)
  • Matt Wilson, drums (link)
  • John Clayton, string bass (link)
  • Terell Stafford, trumpet (link)

The Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival is the oldest and most prestigious jazz festival in the nation with a rich history of great collegiate bands, and a long line of incredible clinicians. The event brings together collegiate bands from across the nation to perform in a non-competitive setting. A group of world-class, professional jazz musicians provide helpful comments to the college bands and top off the evening with an amazing clinic open to everyone. It is our honor to host so many worthy bands and clinicians once again this upcoming spring. Join us in celebrating a festival of America’s original art form in this truly unique Notre Dame event.

The Collegiate Jazz Fest Performers
Six collegiate jazz ensembles will participate:
  • University of Notre Dame Jazz Band 1
  • Texas State University Jazz Ensemble
  • Texas State University Jazz Orchestra
  • Columbia College Chicago Fusion Ensemble
  • Western Michigan University Little Big Band
  • Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra

    For questions regarding CFJ, please contact: Professor Larry Dwyer ([email protected]) or Mr. Matt Merten ([email protected])