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Jazz Goes to College

There’s a strong and growing mentorship culture at the college level that’s become something of a phenomenon. Jazz bands, orchestras and smaller ensembles in higher ed are more frequently visited by established musicians than ever before. These pros often sit shoulder-to-shoulder with students in their rehearsals, and offer insights into what it’s like to play professionally; how to grow their repertoire; and how to get gigs in a very difficult market. “Jazz Goes To College” explores these surprising pockets of pro jazz at the college level throughout the U.S. [This column was relaunched by Debbie Burke in August 2017]

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University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 17, 2017 [This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, you can check out that review-Eds.] The famed Monterey Jazz Festival, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the longest-running jazz festival ...

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The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Monterey, Here We Come!

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UArts “Z" Big Band Reception and Kickoff Concert Kaplan Auditorium University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA September 7, 2017 They were underdogs, but they gave it their best shot. Then they shocked themselves and everyone else by tying for first place with the UNLV student ensemble in the Monterey Jazz Festival College Big Band Competition! They won out over approximately 600 bands, many of them more well-known, bands ...

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Steve Roach from California State University in Sacramento

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For the first installment of Jazz Goes to College, program director and trumpet player Dr. Steve Roach talks about the program at CSUS. Steve is the co-founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, performs in university musicals, reproduced the Beatles' White Album as a fundraiser, and is an active member of the 4 Thought Trio. At CSUS there are 13 jazz ensembles: two big bands; a Latin jazz band; four vocal jazz groups and six combos. The ...

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Gary Bartz: "Students are learning but they are learning backwards!"

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"This is folk music. It is good that we have it in the schools, but we need to get it back more into the street--that's where it came from." When saxophonist Gary Bartz is not headlining his own band or touring with McCoy Tyner, he is a professor in the Jazz Studies department of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His students are among the most talented and best prepared musicians of their generation. However, Bartz is convinced their ...

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Steve Wilson: "Music education is in crisis"

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"I think jazz education, frankly, is in crisis."Saxophonist Steve Wilson voiced this strong opinion in response to a recent article about the effects that budget cuts have had on many American school music programs. Sitting in a practice room at Juilliard, he shared his concerns about the current state of music education and how he has watched things change over the last 20 years.An accomplished musician, Wilson is also an educator who has served on the ...


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