Middle Tennessee State University enjoyed the closing of its 17th Season with their annual Jazz Festival this past March 19, 2016. This year's guest artist was jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson, true trend-setters in contemporary jazz. He presented a jazz style clinic with students and was featured at the 7:30 p.m. concert with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Faculty Members.
The Illinois Jacquet Foundation established a new MTSU jazz scholarship in 2014 and this past March, the MTSU School of Music renamed its annual Jazz Festival to honor Jean-Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet. Illinois Jacquet passed away back in 2004, after a 60-year-plus career that deeply influenced artists in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll.
The next MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival was Saturday, March 25th, 2017.