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WMU Alum Quincy Davis in residence
Date posted: March 31, 2012
WMU Alum Quincy Davis established himself as an in-demand drummer in the NYC area touring with a who’s who list in jazz before moving to Winnipeg. He continues to tour and now teaches in the Jazz Department at the University of Manitoba. Quincy spent a couple days with the jazz students in the Dalton Center teaching masterclasses, lessons, critiquing ensembles and concluded his stay with an overwhelming musical performance that showcased his compositions.
WMU was well represented at Jazz Education conference.
Date posted: January 12, 2012
The WMU Nonet and Desolation Row performed at the 2012 Jazz Education Network’s conference in Louisville in early January.
The Nonet, directed by Scott Cowan, played for a standing room only audience along with guest saxophonist Donny McCaslin. The Nonet impressed the crowd with adventurous compositions, intricate arrangements and fresh improvisations. The group had a ball playing with Donny McCaslin as he took the performance to even greater heights. The performance ending with a rousing standing ovation from the crowd.
Desolation Row, a student led quartet, also performed and presented their brand of contemporary electric jazz/rock originals. The band was joined by Donny McCaslin and played tunes from their recent CD “Remember to Breath”.
Bass Professor Tom Knific and Drum Set Professor Keith Hall also performed at the conference with pianist Ron DiSalvio, as they performed songs from their latest CD “Happily Evans After”.
Many Western alums presented clinics and performed during the weekend as well.
WMU Nonet and Desolation Row to perform at conference
Date posted: December 14, 2011
The WMU Nonet and Desolation Row have each been selected to perform at the Annual Jazz Education Network Conference in Louisville, KY in January. Special guest with both groups will be tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin.
Also, WMU faculty members Tom Knific (bass) and Keith Hall (drums), will be performing with Ron DiSalvio at the conference.
WMU Jazz Orchestra to Perform at Midwest Clinic with Bob Mintzer
The WMU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Scott Cowan, will perform at the Midwest Clinic January 16th.
David Liebman performs at Dalton
Date posted: November 17, 2011
Saxophonist David Liebman and his Quartet performed and worked with WMU students in late October. Liebman, a veteran of bands such as Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, shared his life experience and passion for the music with the music students. Mr. Liebman is also a recent recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz Award; the highest honor granted for jazz in the U.S. Congratulations!!!
Paquito D’Rivera and Masters at Miller
Composer, arranger, saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera was on WMU’s campus for almost an entire week in November. Performing his pieces with classical and jazz ensembles, Paquito showed just how versatile he is. The Cuban born D’Rivera, worked with students in masterclasses, rehearsals and in performances all week. The culminating performance was part of the “Masters at Miller” series at Miller Auditorium with the Jazz Orchestra and Gold Company along with Steve Zegree, Scott Cowan and Trent Kynaston.
Mike Crotty @ WMU
Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Mike Crotty presented a series of masterclasses and performances at the Dalton Center in September. Crotty, staff arranger for the United States Airmen of Note for decades, performed many of his arrangements and compositions with the Jazz Orchestra.
Legendary Guitarist Gene Bertoncini on campus
Date posted: October 16, 2011
Legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini, along with WMU professor of bass Tom Knific, performed and gave masterclasses on Sept. 27th at the Dalton Center. Together, Knific and Bertoncini treated the community to their almost E.S.P.-like connection on stage. Bertoncini, now 74, plays with the youth and energy of someone half his age and is known for his long time duo collaboration with bassist Michael Moore. Bertoncini also spent years in the orchestras on many TV shows including Merv Griffin, Jack Paar and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Western Jazz Quartet features Trent Kynaston
Date posted: September 29, 2011
The Western Jazz Quartet performed for a packed house in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on Sept. 21. Saxophonist Trent Kynaston, in his 39th year at WMU, was the featured composer for the evening. With their positive energy and exciting interplay, the WJQ gave the crowd a night to remember.
The WJQ includes Kynaston-saxophones, Steve Zegree-piano, Tom Knific-bass and Tim Froncek-drums. Special guest violinist Renata Knific also added her expressive sounds to two of Kynaston’s compositions.
Jazz@WMU Alum Laura Dubin Performs at the Kennedy Center
Date posted: May 26, 2011
Jazz@WMU alum Laura Dubin was selected to perform as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Showcase at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on May 20th.
Watch Laura’s performance at the 45:00 mark.