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The Jazz Professors

The Jazz Professors are a top-charting (JazzWeek) sextet composed of real professors from the rising star in music education, the program in Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Professors who also play professionally throughout the year, the group has made several changes over the years since 2009, but currently the roster includes: Director of Jazz Studies, saxophonist Jeff Rupert, legendary drummer Marty Morell, best known for his work with the Bill Evans trio, bassist Richard Drexler of the Jeff Berlin Trio, pianist Per Danielsson, guitarist Bobby Koelble, and the more recent addition of trombonist Michael Wilkinson bring wide ranging experience from many wellsprings of the music together into an impressive whole. The group performs with guest artists and orchestras, most notably Kenny Drew Jr

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Article: Album Review

The Jazz Professors: Blues and Cubes

Read "Blues and Cubes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Yes, the Florida-based Jazz Professors, as befits the name, are smart—but don't let that throw you. They also swing in the best jazz tradition, even though their fourth album, Blues and Cubes, was inspired by the art of Pablo Picasso. Unlike Picasso's works, however, there is scant abstraction here; the Professors embody far more bop than ...

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The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again

Label: Flying Horse Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Live from Orlando — You and the Night and the Music; But Beautiful; Old Devil Moon; The Peacocks; No More Blues. Do That Again — I Remember You; Where or When; (The Home of) Happy Feet; What’ll I Do; Do That Again; Hey, Lock; Cristo Redentor; The New Creole Love Call; El Vuelo; You’re Blasé; Two Bats.

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News: Education

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

Orlando, FL - “It’s the only talent competition of its kind in North America,” Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) said Monday. Five* of the nation’s best high school age Jazz musicians will come to Orlando in March, 2014, to perform with the UCF All-Star High School Jazztet, that ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again

Read "The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Jazz Professors aren't wearing any hats they don't own; the fact is, they really are Professors in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Instead of letting the students have all the fun, however, the Professors have recorded three albums of their own, the second Live from UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, ...


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