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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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance - Class of 2018 has Ypsilanti's Glenn Tucker, pianist

In September 2016, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert
School of Music
welcomed seven talented new students to the two-year program.

Thelonious Monk - Herb Alpert Class
of 2018
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, Class of 2018
(l-r) Anthony Fung, Glenn Tucker, Jon Hatamiya, Simon Moullier, Luca Alemanno, Julio Flavio Maza Galvez, and Alex Hahn

Pianist Glenn Tucker is a talented Ypsilanti native who began playing piano at age 11. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in jazz studies and a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan. Tucker has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has played on numerous albums including his own debut album Determination, released 2015.  He has performed as both a leader and sideman in a wide range of jazz styles and his Detroit music scene stature is gaining momentum, along with tours with funk/soul/R&B master bassist Michael Henderson.

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance is a tuition-free two-year program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. All of the students receive full scholarships, as well as stipends to cover monthly living expenses. Students study both individually and as a small group, receiving personal mentoring, ensemble coaching, and lectures on the jazz tradition. They are also encouraged to experiment in expanding jazz in new directions through their compositions and performances.

The Institute of Jazz Performance students and instructors present a number of major concerts and community outreach programs throughout the U.S. and overseas. Past international performances include the celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of the coronation of the King of Thailand, the 1998 Summit of the Americas in Chile before 34 heads of state, the United Nations “Day of Philosophy” event in Paris sponsored by UNESCO, and the Tokyo Jazz Festival. The students also have participated in tours of Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia  and Vietnam with Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock.

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.

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra
Lansing Jazz Festival Lansing JazzFest logo
Saturday, August 5, 2017; 6:45pm
Old Town Lansing (intersection of Turner St. & E. Grand River Ave.)  Free Admission!

Sunday, August 6, 2017; 5:30 - 7:30pm
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.

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra

Friday, August 11, 2017; 7-9pm
Yorkville Community Church - Concert in the Garden
11523 East D Avenue, Richland, MI
ph: (269) 629-4729 / (269) 268-9199
Free Admission!

Musical Director: Harry Boesch
Website:  http://www.gulllakejazz.com/

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra
Time to step out and bring some friends along to help strike up the band.
Big band swing erupts in downtown Kalamazoo courtesy of the lively 17-piece Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra!!

Another lively outing with Harry Boesch and West Michigan's finest jazz musicians.  Harry and band mates represent an A-list of jazz educators and devoted 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 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 - Vocalist (select dates)

Walter White Quartet
Thursday, August 10, 2017; 6-9PM Walter White
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids
Ph:  (616) 831-1000

GRAM on the Green is back and better than ever! The annual outdoor summer concert series returns for its ninth season with a hot lineup of six performances the best local and regional West Michigan talent. Make the most of your summer evenings and join GRAM for Thursday nights filled with FREE outdoor live music, dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar. Come for the music, and stay for the art, as the Museum is also open late for Meijer Free Thursday Nights!

Walter White studied trumpet at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, The Juilliard School, the University of Miami, and the Banff Centre.  He has played for numerous jazz orchestras, bands, and ensembles, including David Matthew’s Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, where he recorded seven award-winning records.   His performances range from Motown showcases, playing behind The O'Jays, appearing at Detroit's Concert of Colors with a bravura Latin Jazz big band led by Tito Puente, Jr. Mario Machito, Jr., and Tito Rodriguez, Jr.  His credits also include soundtracks on record, and in movies and television shows such as TAXI and The Cosby Show.

Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra Opens GRand Jazz Fest - August 19

GR JazzFest logoGRJO does it again.   Save the date.
A delightful dose of big band jazz is slated to sizzle August 19 in Grand Rapids.  Bandleader and saxophonist Bob Nixon and the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra opens this year's GRand JazzFest (Aug 19-20) Saturday 12:30pm, at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. 
The all-free two-day line-up features a cavalcade of renowned Michigan artists and jazz educators.  GRJO boasts GR-area jazz education notables in lead saxophonist Nixon, pianist Steve Talaga, drummer Tim Froncek, saxophonist Greg Marsden, trumpeter Dan Jacobs, and trombonist Mike McLeod.  
Weekend headliners are saxophonist Richard Elliot (Saturday 8pm), and keyboardist Nate Harasim & guitarist NILS featuring saxophonist Brandon Willis (Sunday, 7pm).


Michigan JazzFest logo
23rd annual Michigan Jazz Festival
Sunday, July 16, 2017; 12noon - 9pm
Schoolcraft College | VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty, Livonia
Ph:  (734) 462-4403

Headline Michigan Artists
Schoolcraft College Jazz Band, Scott Grinnell Big Band, Ron Kischuck Masters of Music, Johnny Trudell Big Band w/Dave Bennett, Sarah D'Angelo Earth Songs, Straight Ahead, Demetrius Nabors, Al McKenzie Quartet, Bill Meyer Quintet, Jerry McKenzie's Just Jazz, Terry Lower Quartet, Emma Aboukasm, Dennis and April Tini, Dale Grisa "Soul Cycle", Dave Tatrow's Dixieland All-Stars, Ellen Rowe Trio, Paul Keller "At Sundown" Quintet, Sixth Edition w/Lori Lefevre, Tumbao Bravo, Hughes-Smith Quintet

2017 Summer Jazz Camps
~ Interlochen  ~  Grand Rapids  ~ Kalamazoo  ~  Detroit ~

Dafnis Prieto-A World of Rhythmic
Grammy 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. 

Maria Schneider - jazz advocate for the musician-artist
Maria Schneider
"Why am I speaking about the power of music? Because at this moment in history, our livelihoods and the entire culture of music—jazz and more—stand in jeopardy. And so does the power for good that music brings the world."

* read Maria Schneider's speech at the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference here *

Composer and jazz band leader Maria Schneider and her music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.”  Schneider is widely hailed for writing and conducting for her 18-member collective comprised of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group.  The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide.  She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries.

After completing a music degree at the University of Minnesota, Schneider moved to New York in the mid-1980s. There, she became an assistant to the legendary Gil Evans, and also worked with Bob Brookmeyer. In the '90s, Schneider began leading her own jazz orchestra, and her talent has flourished exponentially since then.  Schneider's compositions are as complex as they are clear in vision and feeling.  Since her debut release in 1994 with "Evanesence", in tribute to famed arranger Gil Evans, Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve Grammy nominations and five Grammy awards. 

Schneider has been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls.  A recent collaboration with her orchestra and the late David Bowie resulted in his single called, "Sue (Or In A Season of Crime),” and brought her a 2016 Grammy (Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals).  Schneider and her orchestra also received a 2016 Grammy for their latest work, The Thompson Fields (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album). Previous Grammy wins came in 2005, 2007, 2015. 

In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award.  Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. Most recently, she and concerned colleagues in New York have launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers, MusicAnswers.org

She raised the bar even higher giving a moving keynote address at the 2017 Jazz Connect Conference (New York City), advancing an impassioned plea against musical piracy on the Internet.

21st Summer Solstice Jazz FestivalSummer
Solstice JazzFest SSJF
 Friday-Saturday, June 23-24, 2017
430 Albert Ave.  (near Grand River @Division Street) East Lansing

 Ph:  (517) 319-6980
Website:  https://www.eljazzfest.com/   
Map:   Directions to JazzFest

Carl Cafagna & North Star

Western Jazz Quartet
    (resident faculty jazz ensemble @Western Michigan University)

Ramona Collins Group
Dafnis Prieto
Grupo Ayé
JAMM Scholarship Quartet
Zack Adleman Quartet
Maureen Choi Quartet

Phil Denny
Laura Rain and the Caesars
Arlene McDaniel Quartet
Solstice Jazz
David Murray / Kahil El’ Zabar Duo
Gabriel Brass Band
MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium
     (directed by Professor Rodney
Markus Howell Trio
Quintet Ruby
496 West
Twyla Birdsong
Planet D Nonet
Elden Kelly
Rodney Whitaker Quintet
Fareed Haque
Tony Monaco
Tim Warfield
Michael Dease
Orquesta Ritmo
Roger Jones & Higher Calling
Molly Jones

Arlene McDaniel Quartet
David Murray / Kahil El’ Zabar Duo
Gabriel Brass Band
MSU Jazz Studies Big Band Symposium
     (directed by Professor Rodney
Markus Howell Trio
Quintet Ruby
496 West
Twyla Birdsong
Planet D Nonet
Elden Kelly
Rodney Whitaker Quintet
Fareed Haque
Tony Monaco
Tim Warfield
Michael Dease
Orquesta Ritmo
Roger Jones & Higher Calling
Molly Jones


Jazz Appreciation Month
& International Jazz Day
Jazz Appreciation Month logo
Spreading Global Unity Through Music & Cultural Awareness

JAM Poster
- Ella
Fitzgerald by
Leroy Nieman
Time to praise improvisation and jazz swing -- it's Jazz Appreciation Month!
Attention to jazz performance and communities that support them enable greater awareness among musicians, educators,
schools of music, historians, academicians, and local communities.  It's time to shout about America's cultural artform.  Jazz enthusiasts are part of the wave, too.

In 2017, the National Museum of American History will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month
(JAM) with the theme A Salute to Women in Jazz, while paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
and a celebration of her 100th birthday anniversary - April 25, 1917, born in Newport News, Va.

The 2017 Jazz Appreciation Month poster is the first in a special three-year series featuring
LeRoy Neiman’s Big Band, a large-scale painting that hangs on the first floor of the National
Museum of American History, a gift of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation

Global attention centers around International Jazz Day on April 30 with jazz communities
around the world holding individual city and organized concerts with scores of jazz headliners
and special event ceremonies. We give thanks to the Smithsonian Institution, UNESCO,
and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for making all this happen. 

The 14th Annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival (Hastings, Mich.) again
hosts an incredible 3-day JAM performance event featuring over 100 high school and college
jazz bands.  Scores of notable Michigan jazz educators.

Visit our Jazz Appreciation Month information page
and help spread the gospel of jazz
appreciation this month in your community

Official Michigan JAM Event - 14th Annual Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival
Thursday-Friday-Saturday, April 27-28-29, 2017
Hastings, MI (southeast of Grand Rapids, north of Battle Creek)
Presenter:  Thornapple Council of Barry County - Megan Lavell, Executive Director
e-Mail:  exd {at} thornapplearts {dot} org
Ph: (269) 945-2002
Map:  click -here-

FREE daytime & evening concerts!!
Festival special events:
   Thursday, April 27 - 2:00 PM, Soggy Bottom All Stars
   Thursday, April 27 - 7:30 PM, Thornapple Jazz Orchestra with guest John Hill
   Friday, April 28 - 2:00 PM, Keith Hall and Andrew Rathbun
   Friday, April 28 - 7:00 PM, WMU Songbird and Edye Evans Hyde
   Saturday April 29 Headliner:   Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra with Harry Boesch - 5:00 pm
                                                            MS All Stars, HS All Stars

The Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival welcomes jazz fans to attend its 10-year celebration in downtown Hastings,
with activities at multiple venues and many performances offering FREE admission.  Highlights during the three days of
non-stop music include student musicians from middle school jazz bands, high school combos, local and regional jazz
artists, and choirs from all around the state of Michigan.

Festival Artistic Director:  Joe LaJoye
Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival Schedule (download)  PDF DOWNLOAD

Wayne Shorter Quartet 
Friday, April 21, 2017;  8:00 pm
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Michigan State University, East Lansing
Ph:  (517) 432-2000  -or-   1-800-WHARTON
Tickets:  from $29   --  Purchase Online

Wayne Shorter Quartet
   Wayne Shorter, saxophone
   Danilo Perez, piano
   John Patitucci, bass
   Brian Blade, drums

Wayne Shorter Quartet
  (l-r, Brian Blade, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci)  | credit:  Dorsay Alavi

One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in modern music, at 82, icon Wayne Shorter
is a jazz titan, a prolific visionary whose work is history making and astounding. Shorter’s trajectory has
embodied continual exploration and unencumbered momentum. His past includes Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers
and the Miles Davis Quintet, followed by the formation of legendary fusion band Weather Report in the ‘70s.

Wayne Shorter’s signature saxophone sound, sense of economy and expression on both tenor and soprano, his
compositional prowess, probing solos, and his enigmatic philosopher presence, have elevated his jazz acclaim
since the 1960s. 

Feature Story:   Wayne Shorter, Chasing Perfection Through Open Exploration
Wayne Shorter
   Wayne Shorter | credit: Robert Ascroft

At 83, Wayne Shorter remains one of the most influential saxophonists and composers in modern music.  He's sustained regal
status as a jazz titan, and prolific visionary whose work is history making and always astounding. He relies on an acoustic
trajectory embodied by continual exploration and unencumbered momentum. His current quartet assails complete
freedom in movement and expression, boundless in attitude and presentatio.  His notable past includes playtime with
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Miles Davis Quintet, followed by the formation of his own band, the Weather
Report, in the ‘70s.

OU Jazz at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
Sunday, April 9, 2017; 6 p.m.
Music Hall for the Performing Arts, Detroit
350 Madison Street, Detroit

Jazz Director:  Miles Brown
ph:  (248) 370-2030
FREE Admission!!

The Oakland University Jazz Band performs a Sunday evening concert in the stately Jazz Cafe
lounge at Music Hall.  Come hear the swinging sounds of OU jazz students in this spring showcase
meant to swing. 
OU Jazz Cafe

Manuel Valera Master Class
Monday, April 3, 2017; 6:00pm
Kevreson Rehearsal Hall. Room 1320,
Earl V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Drive, North Campus,
School of Music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Free Admission!

Manuel Valera Trio - Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI
Tuesday, April 4, 2017; 7:00 & 9:00pm
Tickets: http://ow.ly/Yn1I30atgq4
Manuel Valera
New York City-based Latin jazz pianist-composer-arranger extraordinaire Manuel Valera makes a rare appearance
holding an evening master class at the U-M School of Music.  Valera demonstrates his Afro-Cuban roots, musicality, and
harmonic approach to composition, small group voicings, Latin polyrhythms, and improvisation.
Valera's New Cuban Jazz Quintet, Trios, and solo performances have charmed audiences internationally, drawn live raves
and courtesy of several outstanding CD releases revealing his marvelous technique, originality, and spirit for Latin and
straight-head jazz.

Valera is on the road supporting a new CD release titled "The Seasons" (Mavo Records). 
The Seasons

22nd Essentially Ellington Band Competition (NYC) Announces Band Finalists
Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra wins placement representing Michigan
22nd Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 11-13, 2017, Lincoln Center, New York City
Byron Center HS Jazz Orchestra 2016
Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Director: Marc Townley
Byron Center, MI

22nd Annual Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, May 11-13, 2017, Lincoln Center, New York City
Listed in alphabetical order, the band finalists are:

Competition -
Jazz at
Center, NYC
• Byron Center High School (Byron Center, MI)
Champaign Central High School (Champaign, IL)
Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO)
•  Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
•  Edmonds-Woodway High School (Edmonds, WA)
•  Foxborough High School (Foxborough, MA)
•  Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
•  Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)
•  Mountlake Terrace High School (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
•  Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ)
•  Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
•  Plano West Senior High School (Plano, TX)
•  Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
•  Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC)
•  Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)

Byron Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring 23 student musicians, beat out nearly 100 other high school jazz bands from across
the nation who auditioned.  This is the second consecutive year the BC Jazz Orchestra has earned the honor and only the fourth
time a Michigan band has been chosen as a finalist.  Interlochen Arts Academy was selected in 1999 and 2003.

The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival runs three days and offers bands an involved agenda
participating in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances.  The competition and band festival culminates with a
finale concert and awards ceremony, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, trumpet master Wynton Marsalis,
and the top-three jazz bands judged during the festival.

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra with special guest Edye Evans Hyde
Jazz Director: Harry Boesch
Sunday, March 26, 2017; 2:00-4:30pm
Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Ph: (269) 382-2332
Tickets: $12.00 door
Website:  Bell's Eccentric Cafe Online
Gull Lake
Jazz Orchestra

Time to step out and bring some friends along to dance and help strike up the band!!
It's Sunday afternoon swing with the 17-piece Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra!!

A weekend arrival at Bell's Eccentric Cafe will charm the pants off you and deliver a rousing big band experience.
Here's a lively outing with Harry Boesch and West Michigan's finest jazz musicians.  The club swing
feel welcomes Grand Rapids' very own Edye Evans-Hyde singing blues and time-honored standards. 
Harry and band mates offer an eclectic mix of professional musicians, music educators and devoted
big band "junkies". The band 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, and
Count Basie.  Plus, contemporary ensembles made famous by Frank Mantooth and Maynard Ferguson.

Harry says, "We all look forward to seeing you and thanks for supporting live music!"

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 - Vocalist

Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival
Saturday, March 25, 2017; 8 pm
Closing Concert featuring Gold Company – Dalton Center Recital Hall
Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival: Closing Concert featuring Gold Company
Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo
Tickets: $12 adults; $5 students
Miller Auditorium:  (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858
Jazz Director:   Greg Jasperse


Oakland Jazz Singers and the Oakland Jazz Quartet
Wednesday, March 15, 2017; 7:30 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
Tickets:  $8 adults, students
Ph:  (248) 370-2030
Jazz Director:  Scott Gwinnell, Miles Brown

The Oakland University Jazz Singers, directed by Scott Gwinnell, is OU’s vocal jazz ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary and traditional jazz vocal arrangements.  They are followed by the Oakland Jazz Quartet, with faculty members Miles Brown, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Scott Gwinnell and Mark Stone.

OU Jazz Singers

The 37th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival 
Western Michigan Jazz Orchestra, Western Jazz Faculty
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 2017
Jazz Director:  Scott Cowan, Tom Knific

Special Guest - George Garzone, saxophone
* Opening Concert  8 pm Friday, March 10, 2017
      George Garzone and the Western Jazz Faculty
* Saturday, March 11, 2017
      High School Bands Perform All Day
* Closing Concert 7:30 pm
      WMU Jazz Orchestra and George Garzone

Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Tickets: $12 adults; $5 students
Miller Auditorium:  (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858

WMU Jazz


Paul Keller Orchestra
with Sarah Barnes D'Angelo
Monday, February 20-, 27-2017, 7-10 pm
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2760 West Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor
Tickets: $10 door; under 18 FREE.  Free parking, no steps.
ph: (734) 663-1202

Paul Keller
They just celebrated their (incredible!) 28th year -- the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra supplies sterling big band
swing each Monday @ Zal Gaz Grotto, 2760 W. Stadium Boulevard, in Ann Arbor.  7-10 PM.
Go see what other enlightened jazz patrons know already -- great big band jazz performed by Ann Arbor/Detroit's jazz
heroes in a dedicated music listening room.

Led by bassist, bandleader, arranger, producer, and jazz raconteur Paul Keller.  Its a bravura large ensemble offering
never to be missed, always savored for incendiary soloing and apex selections in the American songbook. 
Featuring Sarah Barnes D'Angelo (vocalist/clarinetist) and Keller's jubilee glisten as entertainment ring master.

The PKO is Paul Keller, Paul Finkbeiner, Brandon Cooper, Jimmy Smith, Luther Bird, Tony Buccilli, Terry
Kimura, Brooks
Barnes, Keith Kaminski, Mark Kieme, Steve Wood, James Hughes, Pete Siers, Duncan W.
McMillan, Sarah Barnes
D'Angelo, Mark Braun.

Educators 1-Day Drum Intensive with Keith Hall, WMU Jazz Professor

Saturday, February 25, 2017; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Byron Center High School, Bryron Center, MI
Website: Keith Hall Educators 1-Day Drum Intensive

Join Western Michigan University Jazz Professor Keith Hall for a full day of drum set fun with your educator friends
while you earn 6 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)! 
Learn valuable skills that you can pass on to your students!

Keith Hall Drum Intensive
Subjects covered:
--Basic coordination
--Jazz and other styles
--Chart reading
--Set up
--Head selection
--Playing with the band

Registration includes:
--Six (6) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
--A copy of Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1 book with mp3 play-alongs
--All additional materials

MSU Professors of Jazz

Friday,February 24, 2017; 8pm
Cook Recital Hall, MSU Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Tickets:  $10 adults, $8 seniors, students free
College of Music Box Office Ph: (517) 353-5340
Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker, University Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass

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

MSU Professors of Jazz

Andrew Rathbun Trio with Robert Hurst
Sunday, February 19, 2017; 3-5pm
833 Lake Drive SE | Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets:  www.adventuremusic.org
ph: (616) 451-9820

Andrew Rathbun, saxophone
Robert Hurst, bass
Keith Hall, drums

Experience an afternoon of incredible jazz featuring the Andrew Rathbun Trio with Robert Hurst and Keith Hall
Rathbun is widely esteemed as one of the most creative and accomplished saxophonists, composers and bandleaders of his
generation. 7-time Grammy Award winner, and 4-time Emmy Award recipient Robert Hurst is at the forefront of
instrumental music and music education.

"The Underground Concert Series" is a line up of world-class improvisational jazz concerts, taking place at the Grand
Rapids gallery.  The series is curated in part by Lazaro Vega, director of jazz at Blue Lake Public Radio, WBLV-FM.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 door, $10 students with ID, FREE-kids 12 and under.

Andrew Rathbun Trio

Dave Douglas Quintet
Friday, February 17, 2017; 7:30 p.m.
Jack H. Miller Center For the Musical Arts, 221 Columbia Avenue
Hope College, Holland, MI

Tickets:  http://www.hope.edu/tickets
Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas
, trumpet
Fabian Almazan
, piano
Jon Irabagon
, saxophone
Linda Oh
, bass
Rudy Royston
, drums

Formed in 2012, the Dave Douglas Quintet released “Be Still,” a
contemplative homage to Douglas’ mother;
followed by “Time Travels” and most recently “Brazen Heart.”
As the individual quintet members get more work, the quintet’s tours
become rare and more special.
Hear a Blue Lake Public Radio conversation with Dave Douglas at www.bluelake.org/ondemand.

Tickets:  http://www.hope.edu/tickets

U-M Bicentennial Jazz Festival
with Gary Burton
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Moore Building-A
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Jazz Director:  Ellen Rowe, Professor and Chair of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

All-day event featuring clinics, workshops, master classes, lectures and performance
Evening Concert: Power Center for the Performing Arts - 7:30pm

University of Michigan Bicentennial Jazz Festival is a noncompetitive event providing collegiate and high school students
an opportunity for increased experience and understanding of American jazz. All participating students will have interaction
with jazz vibraphone player Gary Burton, the music faculty of the University of Michigan and other professional jazz
musicians and distinguished educators. The Festival is open to students, educators and music lovers of all ages. It is
presented by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance through the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
with support from numerous academic units within the University of Michigan. It is recognized by educators and
professional jazz artists as a quality presentation, appropriately representing the American art of jazz.

This year's 2017 festival is participating in a University wide celebration commemorating the 175th Bicentennial of the
University's founding. In addition to featuring Gary Burton, the festival will collaborate with the Center for
Arrhythmia Research through award winning researcher and Professor of Internal Medicine, Justus MB Anumonwo.

Bicentennial JazzFest w/Gary

Anat Cohen - clarinet
MSUFCU Jazz Artist-in-Residence

College of Music, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Week of February 6-12, 2017 -- concerts and clinics across Michigan

CohenJazz Clarinetist Anat Cohen will mentor students through the MSUFCU
Jazz Artist in Residence program. Cohen 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 Octets to visit
music and jazz programs at public schools and academies in Mason, Fowlerville, Rockford, Oxford, Williamston, and Detroit.

Concert:  Anat Cohen with MSU Jazz Octets, directed by Diego Rivera
Friday, February ;  8:00pm at MSU's Cook Recital Hall, Music Building.
Tickets:  College of Music box office, (517) 353-5340, online, or door
Reserved seating $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students & under 18.

The MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program is coordinated by the MSU
College of Music.
MSU Jazz Director:  Rodney Whitaker

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world
over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. She has
toured the world, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals. In March 2015, Anzic Records
released Luminosa, her seventh album as a bandleader.

Cohen was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and raised into a musical family. She attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the
"Thelma Yellin" High School for the Arts and the Jaffa Music Conservatory. After graduation, she discharged her mandatory
Israeli military service duty from 1993-95, playing tenor saxophone in the Israeli Air Force Band.

After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, she moved to New York and spent a decade touring with Sherrie
Maricle’s all-woman big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra. She also worked in such Brazilian groups as the Choro Ensemble
and Duduka Da Fonseca’s Samba Jazz Quintet. She is a fixture on the New York scene at such clubs as Birdland, the
Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Iridium, Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House, and the Jazz Gallery, as well as
other top clubs across the country and around the world.

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44th annual CMU Jazz Weekend
Thursday-Friday February 2-3, 2017
Plachta Auditorium, Warriner Hall
Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, MI
Website:  CMU Jazz Weekend
Carl Allen
Thursday concert:  CMU Faculty Jazz Combo with Rob Smith, conductor

Friday finale concert:  CMU Jazz Lab I; CMU Jazz Bones;
special guest Carl Allen, internationally renowned drummer, educator, clinician

CMU Jazz Director:  Rob Smith, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
Jazz Weekend begins Thursday evening with the CMU faculty jazz combo
concert. More than 50 high schools and 70 bands and combos will perform
at six different venues across campus.
Tickets: $7 students, senior citizens; $10 all others
ph: (989) 774-3045 or (888) 347-3872

During his career, New York-based Carl Allen has collaborated with jazz musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Phil
Woods, Randy Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Lena Horne and Terence Blanchard.  The Milwaukee native has more than
200 recordings to his credit as a performing artists in his fourth decade as a leader. Allen performs with the CMU Jazz
Lab Band Friday evening at Plachta Auditorium.

Carl Allen -
The Art of ElvinCarl Allen and The Art of Elvin -
     A Tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones
Monday, January 31, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Markel Auditorium, Sage Center for the Arts
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Jazz Director: Chris McCourry, Director of Jazz Ensembles,
                           Artist/Teacher of Music (Trumpet)

The Hillsdale College Professional Artist Series presents “Carl Allen and
The Art of Elvin”, a tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones.

Carl Allen, drums
Xavier Davis, piano
Rodney Whitaker, bass
Sean Jones, trumpet
Diego Rivera, saxophone

Acclaimed drummer Carl Allen boasts over 200 recordings to his credit.
The gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based headliner, bandleader, entrepreneur,
and educator, Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations have provided
soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. Allen’s multifaceted
career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be.

As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer,
Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer,
becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

Faculty Recital - Steve Talaga, jazz piano
Thursday, January 26, 2017; 7:30pm –11:00pm
Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Concert Hall
Hope College, Holland, MI

Steve TalagaHope College music professor and jazz pianist Steve Talaga will present a
large-ensembles concert with his original compositions on Thursday, Jan. 26, in
the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.  The public is invited.
Admission is free.

Talaga will be presenting his own music for choir, orchestra and jazz large ensembles,
with performers including the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Hope College
Chapel Choir, Hope College Orchestra
and other Hope College music students.

Talaga is an adjunct professor of music at Hope. As a pianist, composer and
arranger, Steve has been performing professionally for more than 30 years.

He has also been a member of the music faculties at Aquinas College, Grand
Valley State University, Cornerstone University and Grace Bible College, teaching
courses in jazz studies and music theory/composition.

Steve is frequently a faculty member at the Aquinas College Summer Jazz Camp
and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Dave Liebman and Michael Kaplan: How Does the Brain Make All that Jazz?
By Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz
Dave Liebman
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.

Jazz Education Watch - Adam Olszewski,bassist, Michigan State University
MSU Jazz Studies undergraduate earns placement for Betty Carter Jazz Ahead project
Adam Olszewski
Congrats to MSU bassist Adam Olszewski -- he can testify what it's like to have a dream come true.  Earning a special invite and performing in a premier jazz residency program in Washington, D.C. turned out be his grandest shining hour.

This past March, the 20-year-old jazz studies sophomore at Michigan State University packed his stand-up bass and hit the road to the nation's capital for the 17th annual Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“I never expected it,” says Olszewski. “You tell yourself you’re in the right spot and that you’re doing the right things, but until you hear that from someone else, you don’t really know. I’m so very excited that I matched the program’s idea of what a young person should be doing.”

Olszewski was among just 24 participants selected from a competitive audition process to attend the international jazz residency project that identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists and composers in their mid-teens to age 25. Experienced artists and instructors lead the career development program for aspiring jazz musicians, and mentor attendees in performance, composing, and arranging skills.

“It’s an absolutely amazing honor to be selected for a program that has nurtured so many jazz greats,” says Rodney Whitaker, director of MSU Jazz Studies. “Adam is very humble but knows he has an incredible gift. I’ve never seen him take things for granted. He’s always working hard to be his best and to learn from those around him.”

Adam's Website:  http://adamobass.com/index.html

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.

WMUK Interview: Miguel Zenón, Thomas Knific, & Andrew Rathbun

Miguel Zenon Tom KnificThe annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival features jazz performances and master classes with a cavalcade of musicians, from high school ensembles to college bands, and professionals. This year, the thirty-fifth festival featured virtuoso saxophonist Miguel Zenón (left) as guest artist.

A multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Miguel Zenón is widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Zenón has been repeatedly recognized as an important composer in jazz, receiving dozens of commissions, awards, and grants.

Tom Knific
(right) is an internationally renowned bassist, educator, and chairs/directs the WMU Jazz studies program at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo).  Toronto-native Andrew Rathbun is an educator-composer and a performing member of the Western Jazz Quartet (with Knific, drummer Keith Hall, pianist Jeremy Siskind).  

WMUK-102.7FM, NPR public radio at Western Michigan University, airs over 40 hours of jazz weekly and streams online.

Hear the interview 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.

Topics explored:
->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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