JIM WIDNER BIG BAND 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Jim Widner, former bassist with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Buddy DeFranco, is celebrating his 30th anniversary as leader of the Jim Widner Big Band and his summer jazz camps. Widner is a Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the UMSL Jazz Ensemble. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication.