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Join us for an incomparable weekend of jazz April 22nd - 23rd. The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is hosting a Concert Series with two phenomenal artists. In addition, this event will showcase best-of-the-best of our regional jazz students. There is no other event like it and it only happens two nights out of the entire year. Get your tickets today!

The 2022 Guest Artists

 Diane Schuur & Donny mccaslin 

Backed by the GRAMMY® nominated 

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Friday, April 22
7:30 pm

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Saturday, April 23

7:30 PM

Concert Series takes place at the Pablo Center at the Confluence

Diane Schuur

Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz's leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and three-and-a-half-octave vocal range. That talent helped her build a distinguished recording career that spans over three decades, including two GRAMMY® awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional GRAMMY® nominations, Schuur's music has explored almost every corner of the American musical landscape. Her musical collaborations include the aforementioned Count Basie Orchestra, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. These collaborations have resulted in numerous top Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King.

Ms. Schuur has appeared on PBS and many other television specials as well as a very special visit to the beloved TV show, Sesame Street. She has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The White House on multiple occasions. She was one of the select musical guests invited to sing for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award. She continues to tour and perform extensively at concert halls and festivals around the world.

Donny mccaslin

Donny McCaslin is best known as the saxophonist on David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar. The noted composer and bandleader has released a dozen albums over his genre-defying, Grammy-nominated career. 

 

McCaslin began playing at age 12, and as a teenager, performed in his vibraphonist father's band in Santa Cruz. By high school, he had appeared multiple times at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

 

After attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, McCaslin became a sought-after player in New York City. David Bowie saw McCaslin perform as soloist for the Maria Schneider Orchestra and brought in McCaslin’s progressive jazz quartet that came to define Blackstar's visionary stylistic fusion. As David Hadju wrote in The Nation, “Donny McCaslin was David Bowie’s David Bowie.” 

 

In turn, Bowie influenced McCaslin, who fused alt-rock and jazz on his first album with lyrics, 2018’s BLOW.

COVID-19 policies

As of March 12, 2022, Pablo Center will lift our COVID-19 Visitor Protocols. Guests will no longer be required to show proof of negative test or proof of vaccination. This decision is made with guidance from Eau Claire City-County Health Department and in coordination with building partners. Regardless of vaccination status, guests are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks.