Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

Discover Missoula Culture

Missoula Arts and Culture.

Take in a show at the historic Wilma Theater.

It is often said that Missoula has more culture than any other city in Montana.

Culture is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.” It is also defined as “acquaintance with and taste in fine arts and humanities.”

Missoula, therefore, is the place to go in Montana to hear live music, watch a show, and see art.

Many people spend a few days at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast in order to do just that. They come here from more rural areas to see a show and browse art galleries. They come to feel the pulse of the city and the energy of the university. It’s invigorating. It’s fun.

Art galleries abound in downtown Missoula. One of the best times to visit them is on the First Friday of each month, when they stay open late and host artist receptions and other special events.

The University of Montana in Missoula brings a host of fantastic performers to the stage year-round. Some, like the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, are much anticipated. Others, such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, draw more intimate crowds. There there is The Adams Center, which has the largest indoor seating capacity in western Montana; it brings such names as Dierks Bentley and the Rolling Stones.

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula

Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula.

There is also a good deal of history in and around Missoula. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula reveals the rich history of Missoula County. The Holt Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about cowboys and their rodeos and Indians and their Pow Wows. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture  has a superb collection of Rocky Mountain west art, contemporary Native American art, and a respectable number of pieces from Southeast Asian and European masters.

Treat yourself to a few days of culture. Allow yourself to be pampered while staying in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. You’re worth it.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2012

Buddy DeFranco Quintet

The Buddy DeFranco Quintet

April means jazz in Missoula, thanks to the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. In 2012, the festival takes place April 27 and 28. As of this writing, we still have some space available at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival.

Buddy DeFranco plays jazz and bebop clarinet like nobody else. He has worked with such greats as Count Basie and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has performed with Art Tatum, and Gene Krupa. He is still going strong at 89.

The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana is a noncompetitive, educational event for high school and college jazz bands. The public is invited to attend as well, and those who do are rewarded with some fine music.

In addition to high school and college jazz bands, each year the festival features some of the biggest names in jazz. This year, performers include Bob Sheppard, Ignacio Berroa, David Morgenroth, Clipper Anderson, and the UM Jazz Band. Buddy DeFranco himself will take the stage on Saturday night.

Each year we welcome jazz fans to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival, as well as families of some of the younger performers. It’s always an exciting weekend, and we’re looking forward to it.

Additional festival information is available at UMT.


The 2011 Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

We at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast Missoula look forward to the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival each spring, and 2011 is no different. For more than 20 years, this festival has inspired and educated high school and college jazz ensembles. Buddy DeFranco and a variety of professional musicians lead clinics for participating students during the day, and perform for the public at night.

DeFranco has been hailed as “the supreme virtuoso of (the clarinet) and an innovator who defies category and time” by Ted Panken of Downbeat Magazine. He has been playing the clarinet for nearly 80 years – since he was 9 years old – and he is still going strong. We always encourage guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast Missoula to take advantage of this opportunity to see him perform.

We invite all jazz fans to stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast the weekend of April 29, 2011, during the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. Come watch this legend of swing and big band music inspire young musicians. It’s a thrilling experience.

The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival takes place April 29 – 30, 2011 at the University Theatre in Missoula. Joining Buddy DeFranco on stage will be Robin Eubanks on trombone and Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, as well as numerous talented high school and college students. Please see GrizTix to purchase tickets.

Please call 877-251-4457 or visit Blue Mountain Bed Breakfast Missoula to book at room for the weekend of April 29, 2011.