Jazz@WMU News

The 37th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival

Date posted: May 10, 2017


Opening Concert  8 pm Friday, March 10, 2017
George Garzone and the Western Jazz Faculty


All Day Saturday, March 11, 2017
High School Bands Perform


Closing Concert 7:30 pm
WMU Jazz Orchestra and George Garzone




Renegade saxophonist Garzone has played with everyone from Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez, Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, to Medeski Martin and Wood, Joe Lovano’s Nonet, and even Aerosmith. His playing is so legendary that it led to no less than Michael Brecker to declare, “I’m not the master of the sax, George Garzone is.”


The Gold Company Vocal Jazz Invitational

Date posted:

All Day Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gold Company in concert 8 pm 
Special Guest Guitarist and Vocalist Chico Pinheiro 

Special Concert - 8pm Friday, March 24, 2017
Chico Pinheiro with the WMU Jazz Faculty


All Tickets available at Miller Auditorium
(269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 & at the door


More info about Chico Pinheiro

Mas Que Nada CD Release

Date posted: January 17, 2017



WMU Jazz Masters Series featuring Drummer Peter Erskine

Date posted: August 20, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Grammy award winning drummer, who has appeared on over
600 recordings with seminal jazz groups like Weather Report,
Steps Ahead, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, performs with the
Western Jazz Quartet, the University Jazz Orchestra, WMU Drum Choir, and the
Advanced Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets $20 (Seniors $10, Students $5) available from
Miller Auditorium at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 & at
the door


Edward Simon Afinidad and Imani Winds present ”House of Numbers”

Date posted:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Sponsored by Chamber Music America, this new work by WMU
Artist-in-Residence Simon brings together one of the world’s top
jazz groups and one of the world’s top chamber groups.
Including David Binney, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade. Not to
be missed!

Tickets $20 (Seniors $10, Students $5) available from
Miller Auditorium at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 & at
the door



Date posted: March 31, 2016

Featuring GOLD COMPANY and

special guest and visiting artist PETER ELDRIDGE

Friday April 1 & Saturday April 2  8:00PM

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Tickets $15 Students $5

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Pianist Edward Simon opens the 36th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival March 11.

Date posted: March 6, 2016

Who:               Edward Simon, Piano
                        Western Jazz Quartet
What:              36th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival Opening Concert
                        Tickets $15, Students $5
When:              Friday, March 11, 2016
                        8 p.m.
Where:             Dalton Center Recital hall
                        Western Michigan University


KALAMAZOO— The WMU School of Music presents Edward Simon, pianist/composer and visiting artist in residence since 2012, as its distinguished artist for the 36th annual jazz festival. On the festival’s opening concert on March 11, Simon will perform with members of the jazz faculty in duo, trio, quartet and quintet settings. The concert features exclusively compositions and arrangements of Simon.
Edward Simon, a multiple Grammy Award winner, and founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, is at the forefront of fusing jazz, Latin, and chamber music. He is the recipient of many of the most prestigious awards and prizes in jazz and composition. The 36th annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival continues the following day with several hundred high school jazz students from throughout the Midwest performing.


For more information about the festival, visit WIJF or wmich.edu/music/events, and more information about Simon, please visit edwardsimon.com.

WMU Jazz Wins 7 Downbeat Awards

Date posted: September 7, 2015

2015 Downbeat Award ad

Songsmith Collective releases new CD

Date posted:

Go to blujazz.com to hear it


WMU Jazz Orchestra releases ‘Travel Notes’ and receives rave reviews

Date posted: September 8, 2014


Read the Travel Notes review in All About Jazz