UNCP Honor Jazz Festival

2023 Jazz Fest concert

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is pleased to announce the ninth annual Honor Jazz Festival, to be held on the UNCP campus on April 6, 2024.

The 2024 clinician is Kenni Holmen.

Information about nominating students will be sent to directors in February.  Directors can send a message to Meggan Hollis at meggan.hollis@uncp.edu to confirm that they are on the list to receive that email.

For more information, please contact Dr. Aaron Vandermeer at vander@uncp.edu.


Kenni Holmen

KENNI HOLMEN is one of the most active recording and touring musicians from the Twin Cities area. Kenni has performed and recorded with many local, national and international artists over his twenty year career.

Kenni has performed with Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, T.C. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Donny Osmond, The Rev. Billy Graham Crusade, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Garrison Keillor, The Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra just to name a few. Kenni has recorded with Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Prince, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Ben Sidran, Baby Face, Mandy Moore, and many others.

In addition to recording album projects and jingles, Kenni also writes, co-produces and has performed with New Age artist Lorie Line since 1993. This includes a performance at The White House in the fall of 2000. Kenni was voted “Best Tenor Sax Player” by Twin Cities Reader magazine. Kenni is also featured with Prince’s horn section called “The HornHeads” who have toured throughout the United States and Europe since 1992.