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Jazz Celebration Concert April 26 Highlights Indiana Jazz Legends Apr 8, 2014

The IU Jacobs School of Music presents: Jazz Celebration—Indiana Jazz Legends: Hoagy, Wes, and J.J. When: 8:00 pm, Saturday, April …

IU Jazz in NYC! IU Jazz Ensembles invited to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center Apr 8, 2014

Bloomington, IN – Three ensembles from the venerated Jazz Studies program at Indiana University will serve as jazz ambassadors from …

New CD from IU Jazz faculty member Dave Stryker Mar 5, 2014

IU jazz faculty member Dave Stryker adds to his prolific recorded output with his latest CD project: Eight Track. The …

Hot Spots: Aaron Neville, Post Modern Jazz Quartet and Jamey Aebersold Jan 21, 2014

Compiled by Marci Creps   The Postmodern Jazz Quartet has become a well-known and established band that plays jazz like …

Wayne Wallace: ‘Your Art Should Go Hand-in-Hand With Your Social Consciousness’ Jan 16, 2014

Wayne Wallace is an acclaimed Afro-Latin jazz musician and eloquent public intellectual. This academic year, the multi-faceted, 61-year-old trombonist became …

Latin Jazz Octet makes debut performance Nov 4, 2013

By Anthony Broderick Grammy-nominated jazz artist, arranger, educator and composer Wayne Wallace debuted his Latin Jazz Octet at 5:30 p.m. …

Music Review: Latin Jazz Ensemble Oct 9, 2013

Jazz Ensemble plays Latin-inspired music By Anicka Slachta The Musical Arts Center came alive Monday night with the sounds of …

Brent Wallarab leads student jazz ensemble Monday Sep 26, 2013

By Carolyn Crowcroft   The melodies of Burt Bacharach and Radiohead don’t often mix together, but Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble …

DownBeat Magazine: Prepare to Nail Your Auditions Sep 24, 2013

Prepare to Nail Your Auditions By Geoffrey Himes “When a high school student auditions for a college or conservatory jazz …

IU Jazz department participates in annual Grant Street Jazz Festival in Bloomington Aug 24, 2013

The IU Jazz Department faculty, students, and alumni reach out to the Bloomington community today with participation in the annual …

IU Jacobs School jazz ensembles invited to perform at 'Jazz at Lincoln Center'

Three ensembles from the Indiana University Jazz Studies program at the Jacobs School of Music will serve as jazz ambassadors from Indiana during a featured performance on the final concert of the 2014 New York City Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

Three to receive Indiana University's highest alumni award
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On Nov. 15, three Indiana University graduates will receive IU's Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the university's highest award given only to an alumna or alumnus. The recipients are Chief Justice Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court; legendary soul musician Booker T. Jones; and former U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick R. Paige.

Darmon Meader appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music vocal jazz faculty
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Meader -- recognized in both the vocal and instrumental jazz worlds -- has achieved global recognition as founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist and vocalist with New York Voices.

Darmon Meader appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music vocal jazz faculty
Darmon Meader

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Darmon Meader will join its faculty as adjunct lecturer in jazz studies and choral conducting this fall.

Guitarist Dave Stryker appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music jazz faculty
Dave Stryker

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Dave Stryker will join its faculty as adjunct lecturer in jazz guitar this fall.

Alumnus Jamey Aebersold named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that Jacobs School alumnus Jamey Aebersold has been named a 2014 NEA Jazz Master, the Nation's Highest Honor in Jazz. As one of just four honorees this year, Aebersold is also the recipient of the 2014 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz.

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp begins new life at IU

Another chapter in Steve Zegree's activities at IU begins this summer with the first annual Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp. Offered to high school and college students, teachers and professionals, the 2013 camp has welcomed more than 40 participants this June from 16 states around the U.S., as well as Switzerland and Sweden.

Trombonist Wayne Wallace appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music jazz faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that jazz trombonist Wayne Wallace will join its faculty as professor of practice in jazz this fall. A five-time Grammy nominee, Wallace is one of the most respected exponents of African American-Latin music in the world today.

Alumnus donates 'Saturday Night Live' drum set to IU Jacobs School percussion department

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus and "Saturday Night Live" band drummer Shawn Pelton recently worked with percussion students in Bloomington and donated a drum kit he used on the set of NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase.

Jacobs School appoints Espen Jensen director of admissions and financial aid

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Norwegian-born Espen Jensen is its new director of admissions and financial aid. He began his activities as director March 18, 2013.

Ritmos Unidos ensemble, directed by Michael Spiro, releases first CD

IU Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Spiro, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is having a huge impact on Bloomington's local and regional music scene since being hired to teach at the school in 2011. His impact took another leap forward recently with the forming of Ritmos Unidos, a high-energy ensemble, which released its first CD in January -- "iFunklorico!."

IU Jacobs School of Music presents 'Jazz Celebration -- A Tribute to Cole Porter', April 20

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present its annual Jazz Celebration at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center with a significant tribute to Indiana legend Cole Porter. The event is the first in a series of annual concerts that will focus on the impressive legacy of the art form in the state and coincides with the nationally celebrated Jazz Appreciation Month of April.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and alumni contend for Grammys
Eric Guinivan

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to be a contender on the nominee list for the annual Grammy Awards, to be presented live on Feb. 10, 2013, on CBS by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints jazz vocalist Ly Wilder to faculty
Ly Wilder

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of jazz vocalist and vocal jazz ensemble director Ly Wilder as adjunct lecturer in jazz voice, completing a faculty lineup that will introduce vocal jazz as a major study area in the school.

IU Jacobs Jazz Studies features new jams this semester

New concert offerings, a vocal jazz ensemble and world-class guest artists are just part of the "happenings" this fall in the Jazz Studies Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The semester kicks off with the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble in the Musical Arts Center Sept. 17.

Mural dedication honors David Baker and Indianapolis jazz musicians
David Baker

Indiana University Distinguished Professor David N. Baker, chair of the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies department, will be among the Indianapolis jazz musicians honored when the "Jazz Masters of Indiana Avenue" mural is dedicated on Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m. on the south side of Musicians' Repair and Sales at 332 N. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

David Baker receives honorary doctorate from DePauw

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor David N. Baker Jr., chair of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Jazz Studies, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., during its commencement ceremony on May 20.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints Steve Zegree to faculty and as director of Singing Hoosiers

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced that internationally recognized vocal jazz conductor and educator Steve Zegree will join its faculty in the fall as the Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music and director of the legendary Singing Hoosiers, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

Jacobs School of Music receives $1.9 million gift in support of Jazz Studies Department

A $1.9 million gift has been made to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies Department by the estate of Anne and Paul Plummer. A tenor saxophonist, Paul Plummer was a close friend of Distinguished Professor David N. Baker.

2012 IU Presidential Concert, 'Jazz Celebration,' to feature Randy Brecker and other jazz greats

In partnership with the Indiana University Office of the President, Michael A. McRobbie, the IU Jacobs School of Music will present "Jazz Celebration" on April 21 in the Musical Arts Center -- a star-studded concert featuring four internationally recognized alumni and a host of ensembles.

Romance CD featuring vocalist Sylvia McNair released by Jacobs School's Latin American Music Center

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Latin American Music Center (LAMC) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the pre-release of "Romance: A Collection of Latin Love Songs," a new CD featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair and jazz faculty members Tom Walsh, Jeremy Allen and Luke Gillespie.

David Baker receives President's Medal at 80th birthday celebration
David Baker Honored

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the President's Medal for Excellence to David Baker, distinguished professor of jazz studies and chair of the Jazz Studies Department at the Jacobs School of Music. The presentation was made during a musical celebration honoring Baker's 80th's birthday on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Musical Arts Center.

IU Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies David N. Baker to be honored in 80th birthday celebration
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In honor of his 60-year career as a jazz musician and educator, the Jacobs School of Music will present the David Baker 80th Birthday Celebration at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center. Admission is free but requires tickets, available from the MAC box office beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and alumni among Grammy contenders
Booker T. Jones

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music remains prominent on the nominee list for the annual Grammy Awards, to be presented live Feb. 12 on CBS by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Jacobs School presenting jazzy Holiday Celebration concert
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Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty and students will jazz up seasonal favorites during Holiday Celebration, a star-studded concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Musical Arts Center. Admission is free but requires tickets, available from the MAC box office beginning Monday, Nov. 21.

Second Annual Emerging Jazz Artist Project awarded

The David Linard Trio was chosen as the recipient of the second annual Emerging Jazz Artist Project Award on Monday, Oct. 24, during the David N. Baker Jazz Ensemble concert at the Musical Arts Center of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

New book celebrates David Baker's career as jazz musician, composer and master teacher
Herzig and Baker

Jazz musician and IU Distinguished Professor David Baker has received just about every honor imaginable in his 60-year career as a jazz musician and educator. But never has he been the subject of a book -- until now. David Baker: A Legacy in Music, published by Indiana University Press, celebrates Baker's life and his work as a musician, composer, author, arts advocate and, especially, teacher and educator.

Renowned percussionist Michael Spiro joins IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

Following three years as a visiting faculty member, internationally recognized world percussionist, recording artist and educator Michael Spiro has been appointed associate professor of percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.