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Greg Jasperse, Director
The Gold Company program is widely recognized as one of the most successful and prestigious collegiate vocal jazz programs in the world. The ensembles perform a wide variety of repertoire which covers all styles in the contemporary vocal idiom. Gold Company combines the fundamental musical elements from the traditional choral style with stylistic characteristics from the jazz vernacular with an emphasis on improvisation and swing. (more information…)
Gold Company Recordings and Listening Samples
Scott Cowan, Director
Western Michigan University’s award-winning JAZZ ORCHESTRA is directed by Scott Cowan, Professor of Music. This 18-member ensemble has received international acclaim for its high performance standards and creative approach to big band jazz. Recognitions include three-time winners in the college big band category of the Down Beat Magazine annual DB student music awards, a heralded performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, 25 consecutive Outstanding Band recognitions at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and featured performances for the International Association for Jazz Education Conferences in Los Angeles and Atlanta. (more information…)
Jazz Orchestra Recordings and Listening Samples
Advanced Jazz Combo
Dr. Scott Cowan, Director
The WESTERN JAZZ QUARTET is a resident faculty ensemble in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. Formed in 1974, the quartet combines performing and teaching with uncommon success as they promote jazz music and jazz education through a very active schedule of tours, concerts and workshops. The following recordings feature the original quartet including Trent Kynaston-saxophone, Tom Knific-bass, Steve Zegree-piano and Tim Froncek-drums.
Visit the WJQ website for more information: Western Jazz Quartet
Western Jazz Quartet Recordings and Listening Samples
Tom Knific Recordings and Listening Samples
WMU trumpet professor, Scott Cowan, is featured on these recordings.
Scott Cowan Recordings and Listening Samples
WMU jazz drum professor, Keith Hall, co-leads two NYC -based jazz trios called Tri-Fi and Paster, Ryan & Hall.
Visit his personal website for more information about these and other projects: www.keithhallmusic.com