Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

On December 24, 2014, legendary bebop clarinetist Buddy DeFranco passed away at the age of 91. “He was one of the monumental figures in the history of jazz,” said Lance Boyd, the former UM music professor and band director who created the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. The DeFranco family has thoughtfully requested that memorial contributions be directed to the UM Jazz Fund, which supports the festival to which DeFranco has lent his name since 2000.

Gifts may be made online using the form below. Additionally, the UM Foundation gratefully accepts gifts of various assets and gifts to support the Festival’s endowment are welcome. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and certain types of gifts are eligible for the Montana Endowment Tax Credit (METC), in addition to the federal tax deduction. To learn more, contact Christian Gold Stagg, director of development for UMArts, at (406) 243-4990 or christian.goldstagg@umontana.edu.

Great music and spectacular jazz education are the hallmarks of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Each year, university and high school music students from around the region have the opportunity to learn from jazz greats through live performance. The emphasis of this instrumental and vocal jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language. The 2015 festival will take place on March 26 and 27 in Missoula at the University of Montana George and Jane Dennison Theater.  

You may learn more about the life and legacy of Buddy DeFranco in the New York Times, about his connection to UM and Montana in The Missoulian, and about the 2015 UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival on the UM School of Music website.