BISMARCK, ND — Continuing its esteemed tradition of hosting top jazz artists and educators, the 44th annual University of Mary Jazz Festival concerts are sure to excite and inspire audiences. This year’s Jazz Festival is unique in that it will present two headlining groups: The New York Voices and Dave Douglas & High Risk. The concerts will be held Sunday, January 22 and Monday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in downtown Bismarck.

The New York Voices, a four-member vocal group, is known for its close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. They’ve performed with Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, The Count Basie Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, the Boston Pops and many more. The performance with the New York Voices will feature trombonist Jay Ashby, a five-time GRAMMY© Award-winning producer and associate professor of Jazz Arranging at Oberlin College. The University of Mary Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will share the stage with Ashby and the New York Voices, featuring original compositions and arrangements.

Dave Douglas & High Risk is a new electronic music-influenced quartet made up of members Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto, led by Douglas, who has more than 40 recordings along with two GRAMMY© nominations. Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, with his own recordings and albums from other jazz artists. Guiliana, awarded the No. 1 Best of 2015 from UK Vibe, named eighth best jazz drummer in the world by a Rhythm Magazine 2015 poll, was a sideman for the late legend David Bowie, Donny McCaslin and many more. Maron is a GRAMMY© – nominated electric bassist, composer and producer who can be heard on almost 200 records and performed with Tupac Shakur, Jewel and many others. Electronic musician Zachary Saginaw, known by his stage name Shigeto, is a Ghostly International artist and has produced three solo albums for the label.

The greatest aspect of this festival is the opportunity for the University of Mary student musicians perform alongside and learn from the some of the world’s best jazz performers and educators. Additionally, more than a thousand middle school and high school students from around the region and Canada will be part of the festival performances judged by these renowned jazz artists. Tickets to both nights of the concert will be available online at, through Eckroth Music and at the front door.


For more information contact Kyia Zubke at (701) 355-8301.