Michigan Jazz Educators Association
The Michigan Jazz Educators Association aims to heighten jazz education awareness
in music arts communities and 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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Jazz Education Conferences
71st Annual Midwest Clinic - December 20-23, 2017, Chicago, IL
9th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference - January 3-6, 2018, Dallas, TX
13th Annual Michigan Music Conference - January 25-27, 2018, Grand Rapids, MI

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'

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
The Carr Center, Detroit

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 sparkling convergence of soloists not to be missed.

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

Paul Keller Orchestra Celebrates Year #29!! 
Monday, January 26, 2018 - Zal Gaz Grotto Club, Ann Arbor
Paul Keller
Bassist Paul Keller with Duncan W. McMillan, Paul Keller, Paul Finkbeiner, Jack Brandfield, Terry Kimura, David Rajewski, Pete Kahn, Christopher Smith, Brandon Cooper, Jimmy Smith, Steve Wood, Brooks Barnes and Christopher Tabaczynski
Photo Credit:  Chuck Anderson

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
and 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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