Jazz@WMU News


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

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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

Piano Day Event

Date posted: February 4, 2014

WMU hosted its first ever “Piano Day”, an event that included masterclasses, concerts, and a question/answer session with WMU’s world=class piano faculty – Silvia Roederer, Lori Sims, Jeremy Siskind, and visiting guest artist, Edward Simon. Even though attendance was hampered by weather, an audience of about 30 students, parents, and teachers from all around Michigan and Indiana enjoyed Sim’s dynamic Rachmaninoff, Roederer’s haunting interpretations of George Crumb, and Siskind and Simon’s spontaneous duets.


Frank Carlberg and Christine Correa bring their NYC music to WMU

Date posted: January 8, 2014

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Sax legend Joe Lovano performs with faculty and students

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Saxophone legend Joe Lovano brought his music and wisdom to WMU in November.  Lovano held master classes, coached ensembles and performed with the University Jazz Orchestra and the WMU Jazz faculty.  Lovano and Co. performed to a packed house at the Union Cabaret & Grille and the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

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Greg Jasperse takes helm of Gold Company

Date posted: September 22, 2013

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Greg Jasperse, WMU alum and new Director of Gold Company, is bringing his real-world experience back to WMU.

Read the article on MLIve here

Download PDF of article

WMU Celebrates 100 Years-Jazz Studies Program is Setting the Pace

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Read the latest issue of WMU Magazine. Pages 6-9 features the WMU Award-Winning Jazz Studies Program.