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Jazz @ UW-River Falls

Jazz @ UW-River Falls

The RADD Jazz Series is directed by UWRF Music Professor Craig Hara. The RADD Jazz Series features the UWRF Jazz Ensemble as well as national and regional touring jazz artists. The RADD Jazz Series is dedicated to the memory of John Radd, music professor and Jazz Ensemble director at UW-River Falls. The series is a collaboration between the UWRF Music Department and the UWRF Student Involvment Office.  

Jazz Festival - 2024


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Music Department will host the 2024 UW-River Falls Jazz Festival on Friday, March 8, 2024. This festival is a non-competitive event and provides excellent learning experiences with professional jazz clinicians and knowledgeable music educators. 

Jazz Directors - We would like to extend a special invitation to you and your students to participate and perform in this year’s jazz festival.  Each participating ensemble will have a 45-minute performance and clinic session with an experienced jazz ensemble clinician.

The 2024 UW-River Falls Jazz Festival guest artist is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Robert BacaThe Jazz Festival will feature a Jazz Performance Clinic, featuring Robert Baca on Friday March 8 at 11:00 AM, and a Jazz Festival Concert by the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, featuring Robert Baca, on Friday, March 8 at 1:00 PM.

We hope you will plan on attending what promises to be a wonderful educational and musical experience for you and your students.  If you have questions, please contact Craig Hara, Director, Jazz Ensemble, UW-River Falls via email at


Please complete the registration form (link below) and return with payment made to the “UW-River Falls Music Department” at your earliest opportunity.  Thank you!

2024 Jazz Festival Registration Form

Following the UWRF Jazz Festival, please encourage your students to hear jazz artist Robert Baca in two FREE concerts at UWRF (see below). All events have FREE ADMISSION and are OPEN to EVERYONE.


The 2024 RADD Jazz Series presents the Jazz Club Cabaret Concert featuring Robert Baca with the UWRF Faculty Jazz Groupon Friday March 8, 2024 at 7:30 PM at Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts. FREE ADMISSION!


The 2024 RADD Jazz Series presents the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, directed by Craig Hara, featuring Robert Baca, on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM, Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts. FREE ADMISSION!

Mark Your Calendar! 

Starting in 2025, the UWRF Jazz Festival will be held on the first Friday of March. Check back for updates in the months ahead! 


Baca - Jazz Festival 2024

Robert Baca - 2024 Jazz Festival Guest Artist 

Registration Form - PDF