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Sax legend Joe Lovano performs with faculty and students
Date posted: January 8, 2014
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.
Greg Jasperse takes helm of Gold Company
Date posted: September 22, 2013
Greg Jasperse, WMU alum and new Director of Gold Company, is bringing his real-world experience back to WMU.
WMU Celebrates 100 Years-Jazz Studies Program is Setting the Pace
Read the latest issue of WMU Magazine. Pages 6-9 features the WMU Award-Winning Jazz Studies Program.
WMU Alum Matt Landon Takes 3rd in Montreux, Switzerland
Date posted: July 25, 2013
WMU alum and guitarist Matt Landon placed 3rd in the 2013 Montreux, Switzerland International Jazz Guitar Competition. Watch his WMU Senior Recital here. Congratulations Matt!
Pianist Logan Thomas, also a WMU alum, made the finals after winning the competition 2 years ago.
Jazz @ WMU Announces New Vocal Jazz Faculty
Date posted: May 15, 2013
Jazz @ WMU is extremely proud to present our new vocal jazz faculty.
Greg Jasperse -Professor of Vocal Jazz and Director of Gold Company
Peter Eldridge (from New York Voices fame)-Artist in Residence in Vocal Jazz
Duane Davis-Distinguished Senior Advisor in Vocal Jazz
WMU Jazz Wins Numerous Down Beat Awards…Again
For the second straight year, WMU students and ensembles won 6 Student Music Awards from Down Beat Magazine. It is the 3rd greatest number of awards won world wide. The awards were won across a broad spectrum of categories, which speaks to the quality and depth of the jazz program at WMU. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Here is the list of winners:
Vocal Jazz Group-Gold Company Sextet
Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist-Bryan Blowers, guitar
Original Composition/Orchestrated Work-Killian Williams-“Blues For Charles”
Vocal Jazz Soloist-Blake Morgan
Classical Soloist-Youyang Qu, violin
Jazz Arrangement-Killian Williams, “In Your Own Sweet Way”
Vertical Voices Return to WMU
Date posted: March 27, 2013
Vertical Voices, a Los Angeles-based vocal quartet, kicked off the 34th Annual Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival on March 22. Vertical Voices include Jennifer Shelton-Barnes and Greg Jasperse, two WMU jazz alums.
Trumpeter Tim Hagans Kicks Off Festival
New York-based Trumpeter Tim Hagans kicked off the 33rd Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival on Friday, March 15, with the Western Jazz Quartet. Hagans was also the guest artist at the Festival on Saturday, March 16, where he performed with the University Jazz Orchestra.
Alon Yavnai and Jamey Haddad Bring the World to WMU
Israeli-born pianist/composer Alon Yavnai and percussionist Jamey Haddad presented their Middle Eastern flavored music during 2 concerts at WMU. These concert featured WMU string and jazz students, as well as faculty members, Renata Artman Knific, Jon Ailabouni, Andrew Rathbun and Tom Knific.