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among teachers, students, and musicians in music arts communities and to create information resources that
network, inspire, and sustain jazz performance in upper and lower Michigan and around the Great Lakes area.

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JAM logoApril 1st Welcomes Jazz Appreciation Month!!

2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 8:00pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20566
Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen,
Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves
The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters -- Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves -- at a free concert.

The 2018 NEA Jazz Masters tribute concert will also be live-streamed at arts.
Webcast:  https://www.arts.gov/lifetime-honors/nea-jazz-masters/2018-nea-jazz-masters-tribute-concert-webcast

Holland Area Arts Council 'Jazz in the Gallery' - Jim Cooper Quintet
Friday, April 13, 2018; 7:30pm
Holland Area Arts Council / 150 East 8th Street / Holland, Michigan 49423
Jazz vibraphonist Jim Cooper and company celebrates the spring season with songs from the Great American Songbook, original compositions and more!
Concert proceeds will benefit the programs of the Holland Area Arts Council

Jim Cooper, a Chicagoan for much of his life, currently resides in Saugatuck. His critically acclaimed artistry includes winning the 2015 ArtPrize Critic’s Choice Award for his original composition, Third Circle, as well as being the recipient of multiple WYCE ‘Jammie Awards.’ Cooper’s performances range from appearances at top Chicago jazz clubs, to the Chicago Jazz Festival, to schools and universities across the Midwest.

He has performed with jazz luminaries such as Buddy DeFranco, Jon Faddis, and Ira Sullivan, including two critically acclaimed recordings with Sullivan on the Delmark label, Tough
Town (1991) and Nutville (1992).  Featured as a sideman on the recordings of many regional
artists, Cooper also has three releases as leader of his own projects (Trio Musik, Itchin’ to
Groove, Chi-Town Sessions).

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Wednesday, April 11, 2018; 7pm - 9:15 pm
The Union Cabaret & Grille, South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
Ph: (269) 384-6756    Free Admission!

Website:  http://www.gulllakejazz.com/

Musical Director: Harry Boesch

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Time to SPRING forward!  No more winter blues!
Jubilation for a seasonal warm-up means a triumphant return in Kalamazoo with big band jazz.
Time to celebrate the opening spring season showcase with Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra!
An enticing event with bandleader Harry Boesch and 17 of West Michigan's finest jazz musicians comprised of an A-list of jazz educators and swing masters. 
GLJO draws from a vast library of classic big band literature and faithfully reproduces the power and excitement of leading bands of yesteryear --Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Count Basie.  Plus contemporary ensembles made famous by iconic arrangers Frank Mantooth and Maynard Ferguson.
Harry says, "We all look forward to seeing you and thanks for supporting live music!"

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Harry Boesch - Trombone (Band Leader)
Gary McCourry - 1st Tenor; Sandy Shaw - 2nd Tenor
Mark Greer - 1st Alto; Greg Marsden - 2nd Alto
Frank Silva - Baritone
Earlie Braggs - Trombone; Paul Brewer - Trombone (Lead)
Scott Grupke - Bass trombone
David Wells, Tim Culver, Scott Cowan - Trumpet; Danny Barber - Trumpet (lead)
Terry Lower - Piano
Denis Schebukhov - Bass
Tim Froncek - Drums
Edye Evans Hyde - Vocals

A Celebration of Geri Allen - University of Michigan Jazz Tribute
Thursday, April 4, 2018; 8:00pm
The Ark, 316 S. Main St, Ann Arbor
Tickets: $20/15 Michigan Union Ticket Office (734) 763-TKTS
Faculty, students, and alumni pay tribute to the late U-M faculty member and world renowned Detroit jazz pianist Geri Allen.
U-M Geri Allen Tribute
Geri Allen, born in Pontiac and a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, had significant impact as an educator for 10 years at the University of Michigan. She began as director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh, her alma mater, in 2013, succeeding one of her prized mentors, Nathan Davis.

Allen had served as the first artistic director for the Carr Center, the Detroit arts organization known for arts education programs and championing African-American art, culture and music. Her last Detroit performance was in April 2017 at the Carr Center. She died two months later from cancer, age 60.

Allen graduated in 1979 from Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., as one of the first students to complete a jazz studies. She earned an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982.

Allen worked and collaborated with a wide range of heavy hitters in the jazz world, from avant-garde saxophonist and free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman to prolific Detroit jazz legends in bassist Ron Carter and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Tony Williams, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. In 1996 she became the first woman to win the Jazzpar Prize, a highly prestigious Danish honor. In 2008, Allen received a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition.

Western Michigan University GOLD COMPANY Vocal Jazz Ensemble Wins
Next Generation Jazz Festival - NGJF Collegiate Division

WMU Jazz Vocal Director: 
Greg Jasperse
WMU Gold Company with Greg Jasperse
Top row:  Joe Buzzelli, Savannah Lents, Yani Csonka, John Proulx, Brianna VanHouten, Greg Jasperse (director)
Middle row:  Hannah Truckenbrod, Ethan Bouwsma, Halle Shadrake, Cara Gross, Nicholas Olynciw, Ryan Block, Savannah Gonsoulin, Holli Slamka
Front row:  Travon Williams, Dylan Tulett, Jay Ortega, Matt Hastings, Andrew Miller

Western Michigan University's Gold Company sang their way to first place in the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival competition on March 11, 2018!! 
The award-winning vocal jazz ensemble shared the afternoon with several amazing groups from around the nation. 
Second place:  American River College (Sacramento, CA), director Art LaPierre 
Third place:  College of the Canyons (Valencia, CA, director Julie Lawson
A special shout-out to WMU senior Hannah Truckenbrod for earning an "Outstanding Solo" award from the NGJF judges panel.

2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival:

Hannah Truckenbrod, WMU Gold Company
"Outstanding Soloist" Hannah Truckenbrod (senior, Jazz Voice Performance major, Aurora, IL)
  seen here with Brianna VanHouten in background

2018 Results:

2018 Next Generation Jazz Festival Finalists:
College Vocal Ensemble Division
  {School • City • State • Director}
American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Sacramento, CA • Arthur Lapierre
Cabrillo College • Soquel, CA • Mark Bidelman
College of the Canyons House Blend • Santa Clarita, CA • Julie Lawson
College of the Canyons Just Jazz • Santa Clarita, CA • Julie Lawson
Miracosta College Frequency • Oceanside, CA • Matt Falker
Western Michigan University Gold Company • Kalamazoo, MI • Greg Jasperse

The Music of Chick Corea:
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea

Saturday, March 31, 2018; 8:00PM
Hill Auditorium (central campus)
825 North University Avenue
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University Musical Society

Chick Corea is a timeless and tireless classical and jazz treasure, a pioneer and innovator.  This DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy winner, and keyboard virtuoso has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering.

Corea is the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 63 nominations. He's also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category.

From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children's songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring. An unrelenting creative spirit, he
continues to forge ahead, continually reinventing himself in the process.

His fearless creative zeal has earned him a slew of accolades along the way, including the nation’s highest honor for a jazz artist when named NEA Jazz Master in 2006.  In this never-heard-before collaboration, the University Musical Society presents The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert with Corea celebrating the pianist's stellar songbook and showmanship at the piano.  A pleasantly profound convergence of solo and ensemble musicianship taken to a new level on one stage. 

Tickets:  $20-80   |   Online Orders   
UMS Ticket office:  (734) 764-2538

Underground Music Series Honors Gene Bertoncini’s 80th BirthdayGene
Bertoncini &
Tom Knific with Western Michigan University bassist-educator Tom Knific, vocalist Sunny Wilkinson
Underground Music Series - LaFontsee Galleries
Sunday, March 25, 2018; 3:00 p.m 
LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
Website:  www.adventuremusic.org
Ph: (616) 745-4353  |  adventuremusicmail@gmail.com
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door ($10 students)

Join Adventuremusic.org for a very special appearance in the Underground Concert Series celebrating guitarist Gene Bertoncini’s 80th Birthday during his 25th year collaborating
Wilkinsonwith Western Michigan University faculty member, bassist Tom Knific. The duo will be joined by the virtuosic vocalist Sunny Wilkinson who just released the album “Into the Light.” The host venue is LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids.

In January this year the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association recognized Bertonicini’s outstanding accomplishments as a practicing performing artist with the prestigious Rev. Arthur S. Harvey C.S.C. Award. A New York native, Bertonicini graduated from Notre Dame in 1959 with a degree in architecture, then went on to become one of the world’s preeminent jazz guitarists.

A prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a Tonight Show band member during Johnny Carson’s latenight reign.  He's worked with composers and arrangers Lalo Schifrin and Michael Legrand and performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His teaching includes work at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, plus singers Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone and Eydie Gorme.

Bertoncini - Knific Tour - Western Michigan University
Gene Bertoncini - Guitar
Tom Knific, bass
     Special guest:  Sunny Wilkinson, voice
Monday, March 26, 2018; 7:30pm
Dalton Center Recital, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Tickets: $15 (Students $5) Miller Auditorium (269) 387-2300 / (800) 228-9858

Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert
Friday, March 23, 2018; 7:30pm
Don Keranen
Presented by the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Rozsa Center, Michigan Technological University, Houghton

Tickets:  Adults $15, Students free w/ID  |  Online Ordering

Irish, MTU
Jazz DirectorNMU Jazz Director:  Mike Irish

Michigan Tech was one of the pioneering Jazz Ensemble programs in the Midwest. The late Associate Professor Don Keranen was a visionary educator that not only added jazz to the fines arts curriculum but also developed the Huskies Pep Band by putting them in stripes and giving them the scramble band format.

MTU Jazz Lab Band
This concert will feature the resident MTU Research & Development Big Band, the MTU Jazz Lab Band, and the audience pleasing favorite MTU Alumni Jazz Lab Band
Music will highlight the great repertoire from the last 51 years of Jazz at MTU. 
Guest artists will also perform.

Mike Irish - A Note of Recognition
Professor Mike Irish will step down from directing the jazz studies program at Michigan
Michigan Tech Jazz
Lab Band on tourTechnological University and the music department come August 2018. It will mark his 27th year at MTU besides a previous 8-year band directorship at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  As Irish reflects on his storied MTU accomplishments he constantly champions how the program brings him boundless joy. Credit favorable financial support, a touring budget for student MTU jazz bands, a top-flight talent pool enrolling in the program each year, and an active, loyal alumni network supporting the highly respected MTU teaching staff. 

Always a winter road highlight for MTU jazz education, the student MTU Jazz Lab Band (above photo) undertook an historic upper peninsula theater tour this past January with evening concerts at the Soo Theatre (Sault St. Marie); Crystal Theatre (Crystal Falls); Ironwood Theatre (Ironwood); and, Calumet Theatre in Calumet.  Overall Irish's students strutted their songbook through 10 school concerts in 4 days.  The evening "theater concerts" --a fund-raising benefit each night for local arts projects in the community-- represented the embodiment of educational value Irish sustained for MTU's jazz mission and outreach.

Congratulations Mike Irish on a spectacular career at Michigan Tech!

New York
(l-r, Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan)

NEW YORK VOICES | Gold Company
38th Western Michigan University Vocal Jazz Invitational
   Friday, March 23, 2018; 8 pm - Kalamazoo
   with WMU faculty Matthew Fries (piano), Keith Hall (drums), Tom Knific (bass)

OU Jazz Band Thad Jones Tribute

On March 21, 2018 the Department of Music, Theatre & Dance at Oakland University pays special tribute to one of Detroit's hometown jazz trumpet heroes -- Pontiac native Thad Jones!  An evening concert features Detroit area jazz trumpeters John Douglas, Anthony Stanco, and the legendary Rayse Biggs.
OU Jazz Singers
They are joined by the Oakland University Jazz Singers celebrating some of Thad Jones' most famous vocal arrangements. Lastly, special added talent comes roaring invoking the OU nickname and title "The Future Grizzlies". This is a ripe opportunity for OU Jazz to recognize and feature the area's most talented high school star musicians -- Kurton Harrsion III from Detroit School of the Arts and Jabril Johnson from Ann Arbor Huron High School.

OU Jazz SingersJohn Douglas, Anthony Stanco, Rayse Biggs
Presenter:  Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance
Varner Recital Hall, Oakland University, Rochester  (Squirrel Rd @University Drive)
Tickets:  $8 all seats
Ph:  (248) 370-2030   /  e-Mail:  mtd@oakland.edu
OU Jazz Director:  Sean Dobbins

Dee Dee Bridgewater Quartet - Honoring Geri Allen
     with Carmen Staaf, Tabari Lake, Kush Abadey
Saturday, March 17, 2018; 7:30PM
Presenter:  The Carr Center, Detroit
Venue:  The Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Tickets: $27 advance / $35 door
Info: (313) 965-8430

Dee Dee Bridgewater 

Flint native Dee Dee Bridgwater just dazzles and does it all.  She's a Grammy and Tony Award winner and an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (2017), an acclaimed Michigan export.  
Her 2017 CD "Memphis...I'm Ready" (DDB Records/Okey) unleashed a global tour achieving critical acclaim.  The spirited recording documents a stunning chronicle of reworked blues and R&B classics extolling her fabled Memphis roots growing up, co-produced by Bridgewater and fellow hometown comrade (saxophonist) Kirk Whalum. 

In December 2017 Bridgewater scored a magnanimous honor and special spotlight -- the ASCAP Foundation Champion Humanitarian Award, bestowed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.  Presented by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, it celebrates ASCAP members whose contributions extend beyond music to significant charitable and humanitarian efforts.  In addition to Grammy and Tony award-winning laurels, for years she's continued a Goodwill Ambassador role to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, building international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger. 

Carmen Staaf Kush Abadey Tabari Lake
Just in time for Women's History Month, she arrives in Detroit to unfurl a touching salute to former Carr Center artistic director, the late Geri Allen, a hallowed Detroit headliner, rarefied composer, and iconic jazz mentor-musician.  Bridgewater's firebrand quartet should help vapor trail the stage, featuring a lucid expositor of melodic delicacies and a captivating soloist in Carmen Staaf (piano) from New York, and the sublime rhythmic tandem of Kush Abadey (drums) and Tabari Lake (bass) puréeing virtuous groundbeats.  Every Bridgewater performance offers a potpourri of soloing, trio interplay, and audience appeal plus inviting visits with the American songbook. With heavy bows to Allen, this show is destined to be a Carr Center classic way before the tumultuous encore seals the sizzle.  Bridgewater, in this uplifting Michigan return, remains the apex in vocal jazz heard and experienced anywhere.  

2nd Annual Hope College Jazz Organ Summit
Friday March 9 - Sunday March 11, 2018
Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
Hope College
221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI

The Hope College Jazz Studies Area in conjunction with the Great Performance Series at Hope College
present the Jerry and Jacquie Hurtgen Endowed Fund for Jazz with the Second Annual Hope College Jazz Organ Summit featuring:
» NEA Jazz Master and Organ Legend
     Dr. Lonnie Smith
» Gerard Gibbs and ORGANized Crime,
     (feat. Perry Hughes, guitar and
      Gene Dunlap
, drums)
» The Tony Monaco Trio
» Lonnie Smith 'the Organ Doctor'

Randy Brecker

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
Sunday, March 4, 2018 ; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave., S.W., Grand Rapids, MI
Ph: (616) 776-1195
Free admission!
Musical Director:  Bob Nixon
Website: http://www.grjo.com/

In its third decade the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra remains a leader for large ensembles pushing musical boundaries  in the thriving West Michigan jazz scene. Comprised of jazz educators from the region, GRJO reliably charges up audiences  who thirst for top-notch musicianship and soloing, notably infectious improv and interplay served up by drummer Tim Froncek, tenor saxophonists Bob Nixon and Greg Marsden, trumpeter Dan Jacobs, pianist  Steve Talaga, and trombonist Mike McLeod. The band also garners gracious applause by introducing new compositions  by many leading composers and arrangers.

Carrington-Coltrane-Spalding: Celebrating the Legacy of Geri Allen
     -Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding & Ravi Coltrane-
Saturday, March 3, 2018; 7:30pm
Presenter:  The Carr Center, Detroit

Venue:  The Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Tickets: $27 advance / $35 door
Info: (313) 965-8430

The loss of Detroit native Geri Allen in summer 2017 was emotionally hard sending shock waves through the jazz community as she touched so many of us in a very meaningful way.  Allen's passing also left an indelible mark on her jazz peers in Detroit as mentor, bandleader, and iconic soloist.  The fabled ACS Trio (Allen, Carrington, Spalding) was an important part of Geri Allen’s later collaborative works and served as a home base for her musically.
As an ongoing trio, the goal is to expand creative impulses using the jazz standard repertoire.  The trio concept is retained but with various artists in the lead spotlight, while consciously leaving the piano chair open in honor of Allen.   A marvelous convergence of improvisers in collaboration.

Northern Michigan University Jazz Band
Sunday, February 25, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Knickerbocker / New Holland Brewery
417 Bridge St. NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
616-345-5642 | Directions
Website:  http://newhollandbrew.com/knickerbocker/

NMU Jazz Director:  Mark Flaherty

The Northern Michigan University Jazz Band (directed by Dr. Mark Flaherty) will be swinging through the Grand Rapids area in concert at The Knickerbocker on Sunday, February 25th (6-8pm).   Fresh from a busy Wisconsin jazz education recruiting trip, the NMU band will stopover in West Michigan on the way home north. Their program features a wide variety of big band repertoire, from classic pieces made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Stan Kenton to more modern works by composers Fred Sturm and Rachel Steckler O'Kaine. 
Flaherty consistently shows off his band hitting the road around the Upper Peninsula visiting various schools and arts communities.  Here is a rare chance to see one of Michigan’s superb student jazz ensembles on stage.  Free admission!

Northern Michigan University Jazz Band

Max Colley III - "Jubilee" CD Release Showcase
     Underground Music Series - LaFontsee Galleries

Sunday, February 25, 2018; 4:00 p.m.
LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
Max Colley III
Underground Music Series celebrates Max Colley III’s new recording "Jubilee" with a concert
including Max on trumpet, Michigan State University’s Diego Rivera on saxophones, Luther Allison at the piano, Liany Mateo on bass and Western Michigan University’s Keith Hall playing drums.
Website:  www.adventuremusic.org
For more information:  (616) 745-4353  |  adventuremusicmail@gmail.com  Attn: Lazaro Vega

Adventuremusic.org is proud to introduce you to Max's most ambitious recording project to date, a set including guest appearances by the last surviving member of Miles Davis’s "Kind of Blue" sextet, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, drummer Jimmy Cobb, as well as an array of local and "Big Apple" musicians.

MSU Professors of Jazz
Artist Faculty Series sponsored by WKAR Public Radio
Friday, February 23, 2018; 8:00 pm
Demonstration Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Tickets:  $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students
Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass

MSU Professors of Jazz:
Etienne Charles, trumpet; Xavier Davis, piano; Michael Dease, trombone; Randy Gelispie, drums; Randy Napoleon, jazz guitar; Diego Rivera, tenor saxophone; Rodney Whitaker, bass

MSU Professors of Jazz

The Michigan State University College of Music will host a faculty concert during Black History Month with Rodney Whitaker and his MSU Professors of Jazz, at 8 p.m. on February 23rd at Demonstration Hall in the MSU Auditorium.
The performance will feature notable arrangements by jazz masters selected by Whitaker and his university sidemen.

U-M Jazz Day
Saturday, February 10, 2018

11:00am - 6 pm, Earl V. Moore Building {North campus}
5:00 - 6:00 pm  U-M Jazz Day CONCERT

-Jam Sessions, combo adjudication, student performances
-Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation faculty instrumental master classes
    for area high school students
U-M Jazz Director:  Andrew Bishop
Free Admission!!

Free - no tickets required

U-M Jazz Day

Helen Sung - MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence  
February 5-11, 2018, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Jazz Director:   Rodney Whitaker
, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass

Pianist and composer Helen Sung reigns supreme in a limelight of week-long jazz education through the MSU College of Music, launching her sterling piano lines in concert and classroom workshops around the state.  
Sung appears courtesy of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union grant sponsorship of jazz studies at Michigan State University. 

Helen SungSung hails from Houston, TX, where she attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts.  An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the prestigious Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. 
Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a "Who's Who" in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Letizia Gambi, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter.
In 2016 Sung headlined the Detroit Jazz Festival at Hart Plaza along with legendary bassist Ron Carter. 

Sung will visit, teach and perform with the MSU Jazz Octets I and II at Michigan schools and arts academies in Warren, Hastings, Cheboygan and Detroit.

Residency Schedule:
Monday, Feb. 5, Press Day, MSUFCU Blue Monday
Tuesday, Feb. 6, Rehearsals and Workshops at MSU
Wednesday, Feb, 7, Warren Mott High School, Warren
Thursday, Feb. 8, First Presbyterian Church with Hastings High School, Hastings
Friday, Feb. 9, MSU Demonstration Hall with Jazz Octets I, II, II and IV
Saturday, Feb. 10, Carr Center Arts Academy, Detroit
Sunday, Feb. 11, Opera House with Cheboygan High School, Cheboygan

On the Web: 

Gold Company - GC40: Something Gold, Something New
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018; 8 p.m. / Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018; 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Vocal Jazz Director:  Greg Jasperse

Gold Company
Gold Company, Western Michigan University's acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with concerts this weekend.
"GC40: Something Gold, Something New," is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Dalton Recital Hall at WMU.
"The show pays homage to the music of the last 40 years and the amazing voices who make up the Gold Company family," said Greg Jasperse, Gold Company director.

Gold Company puts on an annual show every February and this one will feature numerous special guest and alumni of the program. They include former Gold Company director Duane Davis, April Arabian-Tini and KellyAnn Nelson, as well as some of the company's 'celebrity alums', Jasperse said.
The celebrity alumni include Hollywood vocalist Nayanna Holley, American Idol finalist Matt Giraud, Grammy Award-winning John Prouix and jazz recording artist Kate Reid.

Don Chisholm Jazz Vocal Masterclass Series:  Sunny Wilkinson
Sunday, January 28, 2017; 1:00 pm
Don Chisholm Jazz Vocal Masterclass Series: Sunny Wilkinson
Stearns Building, Cady Room (north campus), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required!
U-M Jazz Director: Andrew Bishop

Sunny Wilkinson

Aquinas College Jazz Faculty Recital with Paul Brewer, Robin Connell
      Paul Brewer, trombone
      Robin Connell, piano
      Chris Kjorness, bass
      Tim Froncek, drums
Saturday, January 20, 2018; 7:30pm
Kretschmer Recital Hall, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids
Free admission!

Aquinas College Jazz

Thursday, January 11 & Friday, January 12, 2018
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City
Bringing together artists, media, and industry leaders in the global jazz community.
Keynote Address: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Legend and jazz connoisseur
Schedule:    https://www.jazzcongress.org/schedule/

Jazz Congress
2018 NYC
Organized by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, 2018 Jazz Congress features a series of workshops, panels and networking opportunities, all geared to expanding the audience for jazz.  Attendees include presenters, artists, managers, agents, journalists, radio programmers and other jazz professionals.

The conference will take place on Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12, from 9 am to 5 pm.  It will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is located at Broadway and 60th Street in New York City.
The Jazz Congress is organized by Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, Aaron Bisman and Gabrielle Armand of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Don Lucoff of DL Media.

MSU Professors of Jazz - 10th Annual Christmas Concert
Friday, December 16, 2017; 8pm
Fairchild Theatre, Wharton Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Tickets:  $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students
Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass

MSU Professors of Jazz:
Etienne Charles, trumpet; Xavier Davis, piano; Michael Dease, trombone; Randy Gelispie, drums; Randy Napoleon, jazz guitar; Diego Rivera, tenor saxophone; Rodney Whitaker, bass

MSU Professors of Jazz

The Michigan State University College of Music will host A Jazzy Little Christmas, the 10th annual Professors of Jazz concert, at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Fairchild Theatre in the MSU Auditorium.
The performance will fuse modern jazz tunes with Christmas classics.

Jazz @Western Michigan - Student Jam 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo

WMU Jazz Student Jam
Congratulations to jazz director Tom Knific and students of WMU Jazz!  
The students were on fire for a full house audience!

Harvey Mason - MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence
Harvey Mason, jazz drums
December 4–10, 2017, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Jazz Director:   Rodney Whitaker
, Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass
Harvey Mason
Harvey Mason has been a legendary studio musician, jazz drummer, record producer, and member of the band Fourplay in his storied career. Mason’s sight-reading and adept style enables him to perform within any style, genre and area within the music industry. Mason's visit includes teaching and performance with MSU Jazz Orchestra I at Michigan schools, colleges and art academies in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and Detroit.

Residency Schedule:
•Monday, Dec. 4, Press Day, MSUFCU Blue Monday
•Tuesday, Dec. 5, Rehearsals and Workshops at MSU
•Wednesday, Dec. 6, Hackett Catholic Prep High School, Kalamazoo
•Thursday, Dec. 7, Ann Arbor Pioneer
•Friday, December 8, MSU Fairchild Theatre with Jazz Orchestras I, II and III
•Saturday, Dec. 9, Carr Center Arts Academy, Detroit
•Sunday, Dec. 10, Charlevoix Public Schools, Charlevoix

Jazz Lab Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble Concert
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) Auditorium
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ellen Rowe and Dennis Wilson, jazz directors
U-M Jazz Ensemble with Ellen Rowe

Ellen Rowe and Dennis Wilson, directors.
Repertoire will include compositions and arrangements by Remy LeBouef, Dominic Bierenga, Ellen Rowe,
Dennis Wilson, and Jim McNeely.
Free admission - no tickets required!!

Quintessentially Cowan - The Music of Scott Cowan
featuring WMU trumpeter-professor Scott Cowan with WMU Jazz Orchestra, Andrew Rathbun, Greg Jasperse, Tom Knific, and Matthew Fries
Wednesday, November 29, 2017; 7:30pm
Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

"Quintessentially Cowan" features the compositions and ensembles of jazz trumpeter and WMU professor Scott Cowan.  Joining him will be WMU faculty artists, students, and the acclaimed University Jazz Orchestra, which Cowan regularly directs.
A presentation of the Bullock Performance Institute’s Concert Series for fall semester.

WMU Jazz Orchestra - Scott Cowan,

Dafnis Prieto Sextet in Michigan
Dafnis Prieto
Presenters:  Western Michigan University -Kalamazoo |  The Carr Center -Detroit  
Dafnis Prieto SextetMike Rodriguez, Trumpet / Roman Filiu, Alto Sax / Peter Apfelbaum, Tenor Sax / Manuel Valera, Piano / Johannes Weidenmueller, Bass / Dafnis Prieto, Drums

Dafnis Prieto Sextet
Dafnis Prieto Sextet in Kalamazoo
Tuesday, November 14, 2017; 7:00 - 8:30pm
Dalton Recital Hall, Miller Pavilion, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Tickets: $20, seniors $10, students $5
Website:  www.wmujazz.com

Dafnis Prieto Sextet in Detroit
November 18 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm
St. Anne de Detroit, 1000 Ste. Anne Street, Detroit

Dafnis Prieto - A World of Rhythmic Possibilities
Dafnison Music
- dafnisonmusic.com
Dafnis Prieto -
Triangles & Circles
Released by Dafnison Music, 2015
All compositons by Dafnis Prieto
Published Dafnison Music (BMI)

Prieto-A World of
PossibilitiesGrammy Award-winning drummer-composer-arranger Dafnis Prieto is on the move. The dynamic MacArthur Fellowship (2015) recipient has released four albums as a leader, but he's also authored and self-published a well-received book on drumming – “A World of Rhythmic Possibilities” (Dafnison Music).  The book honors the perception and awareness behind rhythm, plus the relationships of drum patterns, notably cáscara, clave, cowbell, and others emanating from his native Cuba.  Prieto is elated to honor the work of influential drummers – José Luis Quintana “Changuito,” Max Roach, and George Lawrence Stone – who each receive major mention. The book includes 338 audio samples plus 33 video clips. 

Oakland University Jazz Singers and Jazz Combos
Wednesday, November 15, 2017; 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Varner Recital Hall, Oakland University, Rochester  (Squirrel Rd @University Drive)
Jazz Director:  Scott Gwinnell

Oakland University Jazz Singers
The Oakland University Jazz Singers, directed by Scott Gwinnell, is OU’s close-mic, vocal jazz ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary and traditional jazz vocal arrangements. Jazz combos, directed by Sean Dobbins, provide OU students with an opportunity to explore jazz improvisation and style in a small ensemble environment.
Tickets: $8 all seats
Presenter:  Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance
Ph:  (248) 370-2030
e-Mail:  mtd@oakland.edu

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Wednesday, November 9, 2017; 7pm to 9:15 pm
The Union Cabaret & Grille, South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Ph: (269) 384-6756    Free Admission!

Website:  http://www.gulllakejazz.com/

Musical Director: Harry Boesch

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Fall chills and brisk cold weather welcomes heat in the Kalamazoo jazz kitchen --calling for a hot time to step out, bring friends along to absorb a rousing big band.
Here is the third fall season concert in downtown Kalamazoo with the 17-piece Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra!
Another lively outing with bandleader Harry Boesch and West Michigan's finest jazz musicians, an A-list of jazz educators and devout musicians. 
GLJO draws from a vast library of classic big band literature and faithfully reproduces the power and excitement of leading bands of yesteryear --Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Count Basie.  Plus contemporary ensembles made famous by iconic arrangers Frank Mantooth and Maynard Ferguson.
Harry says, "We all look forward to seeing you and thanks for supporting live music!"

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Harry Boesch - Trombone (Band Leader)
Gary McCourry - 1st Tenor; Sandy Shaw - 2nd Tenor
Mark Greer - 1st Alto; Greg Marsden - 2nd Alto
Frank Silva - Baritone
Earlie Braggs - Trombone; Paul Brewer - Trombone (Lead)
Scott Grupke - Bass trombone
David Wells, Tim Culver, Scott Cowan - Trumpet; Danny Barber - Trumpet (lead)
Terry Lower - Piano
Denis Schebukhov - Bass
Tim Froncek - Drums
Edye Evans Hyde - Vocals

Aquinas College Jazz Band
Monday, November 6, 2017;  7:30 - 9:00pm
International Jazz Café, 201 Woodward Lane SE, Grand Rapids
Donnelly Center, Aquinas College
Jazz Director:  Paul Brewer
FREE Admission!!

Aquinas College Jazz Band

MTU 'Backstage at the Rozsa' jazz concerts - Michigan Tech University
Friday-Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017; 8pm
Rozsa Center Theater, Michigan Technological University, Houghton
MTU Jazz Lab Band  |  MTU Research and Development Big Band
Jazz Director:   Mike Irish

MTU jazz lab band

The Gathering Orchestra with director Rodney Whitaker
October 23 - October 28 (The Gathering Orchestra Residency)
The Gathering Orchestra with Rodney Whitaker, Resident Artist Director
    featuring 'The Gathering' composition by the late Geri Allen

Geri Allen at WBGO
Concert:  The Gathering Orchestra
                Saturday, October 28, 2017; 7:30pm
                Carr Center Gallery, 1505 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Concert:  "Honoring Geri Allen", featuring Terri Lyne Carrington (music director), Tia Fuller,
                                                        Orrin Evans, Robert Hurst
                Friday, October 27, 2017; 7:30pm
                Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The Gathering Orchestra with Rodney
Concert Video:  From the Oct-28 concert performance, check out The Gathering Orchestra!

The Carr Center recently announced the names of the first Geri Allen Fellows, who made their debut
performance October 28th for The Gathering Orchestra concert.  Congratulations to all!

Markus Howell, Alto sax
Kasan Belgrave, Alto sax
Diego Rivera, Tenor sax (mentor)
Marcus Eliott, Tenor sax
Erinn Whitsett, Baritone sax
Ian Finkelstein, Piano
Jonathon Muir-Cotton, Bass
Kayvon Gordon, Drums
Jocelyn Gould, Guitar
Michael Dease, Trombone (mentor)
Vincent Chandler, Trombone (mentor)
Altin Sencalar, Trombone
Christopher Glassman, Trombone
John Douglas, Trumpet (mentor)
Walter Cano, Trumpet
Anthony Stanco, Trumpet
Charles Miller, Trumpet
Trunino Lowe, Trumpet

Tom Harrell poster
Tom Harrell Quartet
Wednesday, October 25th - 7:30 PM
John and Dede Howard Recital Hall, Hope College, Holland, MI
FREE Admission, arrive early

Tom Harrell, trumpet
Danny Grissett, piano
Adam Cruz, drums
Ugonna Okegwo, bass

Award-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger Tom Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the 1970s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden and Joe Lovano. Harrell also recorded on Grammy-winning albums by Gerry Mulligan and Bill Evans.

Harrell is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in music composition. A prolific composer and arranger, he has recorded and/or performed his work with Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Michael Philip Mossman, trumpet
MSUFCU Jazz Artist-in-Residence

College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Week of October 9-15, 2017 -- touring concerts and clinics across Michigan
  Michael Philip Mossman
Trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman will mentor students through the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program. Reid will instruct, perform and tour with student musicians in the Jazz Studies program over a seven-day period packed with workshops and campus concerts. The exceptional artist, educator and composer will also take to the road with the MSU Jazz Orchestra I to visit music and jazz programs at public schools and academies in Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and Detroit.

Concert:  Michael Philip Mossman with MSU Jazz Orchestra I, directed by Rodney Whitaker
                   Friday, October 13, 2017;  7:30 pm - MSU Fairchild Theatre at MSU Auditorium

The concert also features MSU Jazz Orchestras II and III.
Tickets:  College of Music box office, (517) 353-5340, online, or at the door.
Reserved seating $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students and under age 18.

The MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program is coordinated by the MSU College of Music.
Website:  http://www.music.msu.edu/
MSU Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker

MOSS vocal jazz ensemble

MOSS is performing @ WMU!
Thursday October 5, 2017; 7:30 pm
Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
WMU Gold Company Vocal Jazz Director:  Greg Jasperse
WMU Jazz Orchestra Director:  Scott Cowan

Tickets: $20, seniors $10, students $5
Website:  www.wmujazz.com

Powerhouse MOSS vocals with WMU Gold Company, WMU Jazz
Orchestra, and Western Jazz Quartet faculty.

is Jo Lawry, Lauren Kinhan, Theo Bleckmann,
Kate McGarry
Peter Eldridge!

A Word in Edgewise - Jazz Education Roundtable

Vijay Iyer - Exploding the Narrative in Jazz Improvisation
(PDF download  73.5KB)

Building on Robert G. O'Meally's acclaimed Jazz Cadence of American Culture, these original essays
Vijay Iyeroffer new insights in jazz historiography, highlighting the political stakes in telling the story of the music and evaluating its cultural import in the United States and worldwide.

Vijay Iyer | credit: Jimmy Katz

In an incendiary essay detailing what constitutes architecture and framework across the jazz solo, Harvard University professor, academician, and
virtuoso jazz pianist Vijay Iyer asks how an improvised solo can convey meaning or "tell a story." He develops a theory of jazz improvisation around his idea of hearing the body. To Iyer, the effectiveness of improvisation, particularly its rhythmic aspect, depends on an awareness by producers and listeners of the physical actions involved and their situation within a shared social environment, which creates a cascade of meaningful events in an “exploded” (i.e., not conventionally linear) narrative.

Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies

Uptown Conversation
The New Jazz Studies

Edited by Robert G. O'Meally, Brent Hayes Edwards,
and Farah Jasmine Griffin
Columbia University Press

Pub Date: June 2004
ISBN: 9780231123518
544 Pages
Format: Paperback
List Price: $35.00

Thematic Jazz Improvisation Playlist - Steve Treseler
From his Creative Music Blog, see the story here.
Thelonious Monk
 Thelonious Monk | Credit:  William Gottlieb

Thematic improvisation is the process of embellishing, developing, changing, and/or deconstructing a musical theme. These themes arise from the composition itself or improvised on the spot.  This approach to improvisation is a hallmark of some of the greatest jazz soloists, and practicing the process helps generate an endless flow of ideas on any tune, in any style.

Steve Treseler is a Seattle-based saxophonist, teaching artist, and author.  He's on the faculty at Seattle Pacific University teaching saxophone and improvisation.  Treseler's music education came on scholarship at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Steve Lacy.  He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington, where he studied with renowned avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu.

Why Jazz Matters | Chris Washburne | Talks@Columbia
View the Lecture Here
Time:  24:07
Chris WashburneThe creative process of jazz — collaboration and improvisation — can inform leadership, adaptability, innovation, collaboration, and risk management in business settings, demonstrates Chris Washburne, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia University.

Called the best trombonist in salsa by Peter Watrous of The New York Times, Washburne leads the acclaimed Latin jazz group SYOTOS and has recorded with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Mark Anthony, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Talks @ Columbia draw speakers from among the thousands of thought leaders and researchers that make up the diverse faculty community at Columbia University. Through brief, engaging multimedia presentations, these experts show how the idea that matters most to them can resonate with us all. Talks @ Columbia provide fresh perspectives on the most important global topics today, persuasion to change how we think and act, and inspiration for us to help others and improve the world.

Guest Recital - Sean Dobbins Group
Monday, September 18, 2017; 6:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Carolyn and Milton Kevreson Rehearsal Hall (North Campus)
1100 Baits Drive, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Free Admission - no tickets required

Sean DobbinsDrummer Sean Dobbins his continually made his mark as decorated solo artist and sideman, starting at a young age in his native Detroit.  He got his start regularly playing with and studying under Blue Note trumpeter and acclaimed Ann Arbor educator Louis Smith.  As Dobbin's career progressed, he received many awards and accolades including the Woody Herman Jazz Award for outstanding musicianship, plus the Louis Armstrong Scholarship.  Dobbins' bright future was cemented following launch of his groundbreaking band Urban Transport (featuring trombonist Vincent Chandler and pianist Rick Roe) and Sean Dobbins and the Modern Jazz Messengers.  He regularly plays Kerrytown Concert House, Cliff Bell's jazz club in Detroit, and has headlined for many years the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Dave Liebman and Michael Kaplan: How Does the Brain Make All that Jazz?
By Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz
All About Jazz sits down with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman,
saxophonist-educator, and Michael Kaplan, who teaches neuroscience
in the Biological Basis of Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania, as they discuss how the brain works to make improvised
jazz happen.  A topical, insightful look at required skills for jazz improv
and how brain activity transforms it into executable action. 

Along the way their engaging talk covers the neurobiological basis of
musical talent and learning, the "telepathy" that occurs when jazz
players co-improvise, and the cultural and developmental factors that
make jazz a personal and communal experience. 

Martin Bejerano
Developing Solo Jazz Piano Chops

By Martin Bejerano, Keyboard

Martin Bejerano reveals an exciting viewpoint on aspects of solo piano playing
using the jazz standard “Stella By Starlight”.  Here he demonstrates four creative
approaches to get a complete, varied, and fully orchestrated sound from the piano. 

Besides holding down the piano chair for the Roy Haynes Quartet jazz pianist,
composer, and educator Bejerano heads the jazz piano department at
Frost School of Music, University of Miami.

Check out his most recent album Potential Energy

Visit his website at martinbejerano.com.

What We Should Learn From Jazz Band Teachers
Our schools are broken. Here's the fix.
By William R. Klemm Ph.D.,
Psychology Today
William Klemm, Ph.D.

William Klemm, Ph.D., is senior professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University.
He is the author of 18 books, including Science, The Brain, and Our Future; Discovery Processes in Modern
Biology; Brainstem Mechanisms of Behavior; Understanding Neuroscience; Memory Power 101; Better Grades,
Less Effort; Improve Your Memory for a Healthy Brain; Core Ideas in Neuroscience; Atoms of Mind; and Mental
Biology, The New Science of How the Brain and Mind Relate.

The Art of Jazz Arranging - Richard DeRosa - University of North Texas
Richard DeRosa
Video by Jazz Video Guy (Bret Primack) / Length: 7:27
Musical selection:
"Perseverance", Rich's masterful composition from the UNT "Lab 2011" release.

Richard DeRosa teaches jazz composition and arranging at the University of North Texas,
and is also the conductor of the WDR Band in Köln, Germany.  He has arranged, conducted music for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, plus other arranging credits through recordings by Mel Lewis-Thad Jones Orchestra, Gerry Mulligan, Glenn Miller Big Band, and vocalist Susannah McCorkle.
Watch it here.

Jazz Educators/Academics and Jazz Journalists:  Friends or Foes?
(What do we have in common? How can we work together better?)
   -presented by the Jazz Journalists Association-

View a replay of a two-part Google (video) Hangout from January 2015 featuring educators Dr. Monika Herzig and Dr. Larry Ridley, Ph.d. student and former jazz writer for the Newark Star Ledger Alex H. Rodriguez, and jazz writer/broadcaster/adjunct faculty at University of Illinois Chicago and Northwestern University Neil Tesser talk about their experiences in the field. The moderator is respected journalist-educator Howard Mandel, JJA president and 28-year adjunct professor at New York University.

** See Part-1 here / See Part-2 here
JJA Jazz
Education PanelHoward Mandel
JJA Panelists (l-r, Larry Ridley, Monika Herzig, Neil Tesser, Alex Rodriguez, Howard Mandel)

* Dr. Larry Ridley, executive director of the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc., is a bassist, lecturer at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University, and professor of music emeritus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he designed and implemented the undergraduate jazz degree program of the Livingston College starting in 1972.
Dr. Monika Herzig is a jazz pianist/ composer as well as Senior Lecturer in the Arts Administration program at Indiana University. Currently she serves as the Secretary for the Jazz Education Network and heads the Jazz Research Committee. More info at  monikaherzig.com
Neil Tesser has written and broadcast about jazz for more than 40 years, for publications ranging from Playboy Magazine, Chicago magazine, to the New York Times. He won a 2014 Grammy Award for liner-note writing.
*   Alex W. Rodriguez is a jazz writer, improviser, trombonist and Ph.D student in ethnomusicology at UCLA, where his current research focuses on jazz clubs around the world and the creative improvised music communities that surround them (with case studies in California, Chile, and Russia). Alex also contributes jazz coverage to NPR Music’s A Blog Supreme and LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound and maintains his own blog, Lubricity.
Howard Mandel is a  New York-based writer, editor, author, and producer for National Public Radio. For more than 30 years, he's covered jazz, blues and new music for newspapers, magazines and websites. Mandel teaches at New York University and consults for various arts organizations. He is president of the Jazz Journalists Association, and blogs at ArtsJournal.com.

Topic Agenda:
» Does the world of jazz scholarship respect and employ the work of jazz journalists, and do jazz journalists gain
          from relations with the academy?
» Are the worlds of jazz education and jazz information/dissemination parallel or do they intersect?
» What values and techniques do both media-makers and teachers hold dear, or need to acquire?
» Are there ways to build or strengthen bonds, or are these two sectors of the jazz ecology forever separate, equal or not?

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