Jazz@WMU News

November 14, 2017, 7 pm-Dafnis Prieto Sextet

Date posted: October 6, 2017

Dafnis Prieto 1 (Henry Lopez)

Join Cuban-born drummer/composer and MacArthur Fellowship winner with his fiery sextet for an exciting evening.

Dalton Center Recital Hall
November 14, 2017
7 pm

Tickets $15, Students $5
Available at MillerAuditorium.com
269-387-2300 or 800-228-9858
and at the door.

The 38th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival

Date posted: May 10, 2017



Opening Concert  8 pm Friday, March 9, 2018
Kenny Werner and the Western Jazz Faculty


All Day Saturday, March 10, 2018
High School Bands Perform


Closing Concert 7:30 pm
WMU Jazz Orchestra and Kenny Werner



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

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output
of compositions, recordings and publications contnue to impact
audiences around the world.

He has played most of the major festivals in the world and performed or recorded with: Toots Thielemans, Michel Legrand, Gunther Schuller, Marian McPartland, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz , Elvin Jones, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Nigel Kennedy, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, Archie Shepp, Sonny Fortune, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mel Lewis, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Ed Blackwell, Paul Motian, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd, Joey Baron, Idris Mohamad, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, John Abercrombie, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, and Lou Rawls.

Kenny has had an over forty-year musical relationship with Joe Lovano, appearing on each other’s projects and has written a number of large works featuring Joe. Twenty-year relationship playing with, writing for and recording with Toots Thielemans and twenty years as pianist, arranger, conductor and collaborator with Tony Award winner Betty Buckley.

MORE INFO: http://www.kennywerner.com


The Gold Company Vocal Jazz Festival

Date posted:

March 24th-25th, 2018  

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Friday night concert:  New York Voices 8 pm

Dalton Recital Hall

Tickets:  $20 adults, $10 for students/seniors


Saturday night concert:  Gold Company 8 pm

Dalton Recital Hall

Tickets:  $15 adults, $5 for students/seniors


All tickets available at www.MillerAuditorium.com
(269)387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 and at the door.


2017 marks the eve of New York Voices 30th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup.The art of survival as a group in the music business is as much testimony of their success as their vocal finesse’. That, and say still coming to mind to the great creative forces out there that want to play with the vocal stacking idiom. They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Bob Mintzer, Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary when developing new projects. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.

More info http://newyorkvoices.com/


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