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Alon Yavnai and Jamey Haddad Bring the World to WMU
Date posted: March 27, 2013
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.
Edward Simon Presents Debut Concert
Drum Legend Billy Hart @ WMU
Date posted: February 11, 2013
Jazz drumming legend Billy Hart spent 3 days with the WMU jazz students in masterclasses, rehearsals, lessons and even lead a listening class in which he shared some of the highlights of his career.
Mas Que Nada releases CD
Date posted: February 6, 2013
Mas Que Nada, an Afro-Cuban/Brazilian influenced group consisting of WMU alums, presented music from their new CD on Jan. 20. Members of the group came from all four corners of the U.S. to reunite and they performed music that stimulated the mind and body. The concert reminded us why the WMU Jazz Studies Dept. has such an impressive reputation. Congrats Mas Que Nada! (photos courtesy of Mark Niskanen)
The Groov’tet Celebrates 20 years with Reunion Concert
The Groov’tet, Xavier Davis, John Wojciechowski, Matt Hughes and Keith Hall, celebrated a 20 year reunion Jan. 31 as part of the Distinguished Alumni Series. The quartet played original compositions from their 1997 CD and also brought back some crowd favorites. Since graduating from WMU, each member has gone on to very successful careers as performers and educators.
New Western Jazz Quartet featured in Encore Magazine
Date posted: January 15, 2013
John Clayton brings the whole package to WMU!
Date posted: October 17, 2012
Bassist, composer, educator, arranger, conductor, and bandleader John Clayton spent 4 days at the Dalton Center in October. Clayton worked with the students in master classes, rehearsals, a performance at the Union Cabaret and Grille and a concert in the Recital Hall which included singer and WMU alum Kate Reid. John Clayton shared his wisdom and experience with students in such a profound way, that even after the smoke clears, the impact Clayton made at WMU will last. What a gift to our program, thank you John!
Jeremy Siskind Wins First Prize in Nottingham
Date posted: October 7, 2012
Jeremy Siskind, WMU’s newly appointed Professor of Jazz and Piano, has wasted no time in representing Western as he won first prize at the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition in England. Siskind competed against 11 other pianists from around the world and will come home with a new Kawai concert grand piano. Learn more about Jeremy at http://www.jeremysiskind.com/
The New Western Jazz Quartet Debut Concert
Date posted: September 23, 2012
The New Western Jazz Quartet presented their first concert on September 19 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The WJQ welcomes saxophonist Andrew Rathbun, pianist Jeremy Siskind and drummer Keith Hall, the first new quartet members in 22 years! The concert was very well attended by enthusiastic students, friends and members of the community.
Andrew Rathbun named Professor of Saxophone
Date posted: June 27, 2012
Toronto-born and New York City-based saxophonist Andrew Rathbun has been named the new Professor of Saxophone. Rathbun has garnered praise as a leader and a sideman working with well known musicians such as Luciana Souza, Eddie Gomez, John Abercrombie, Reggie Workman, Ingrid Jensen, Jay Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, and many more. He has studied with Pat LaBarbera, Jerry Bergonzi, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Jim McNeeley, Lewis Spratlan, and George Garzone. He has recorded a series of recordings with his own band mainly on the Fresh Sound label. For more information about Professor Rathbun please visit http://www.andrewrathbun.com/enter.htm