Michigan Jazz Educators Association
The Michigan Jazz Educators Association aims to actively support jazz education,
performance and
heighten awareness throughout the state, bridging the upper and
peninsula and the Great Lakes area.

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      Southeast Michigan

Adrian College - Adrian

Albion College - Albion

Eastern Michigan University - Ypsilanti

Oakland University - Rochester

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Wayne State University - Detroit

Adrian College
Department of Music
110 S. Madison St.
Adrian, MI 49221
Ph:  (800) 877-2246
Ph:  (517) 265-5161

Website:   http://adrian.edu/academics/academic-departments/musicz

Jazz Director:  Martin Marks, Associate Professor, Music; Director, Bands
                                   Martin Marks Profile
Ph:  (517) 264-3879
e-mail:  mmarks@adrian.edu

Band:   Adrian College Eight O’ Clock Jazz Ensemble

This band has established itself among the finest of small college jazz ensembles in the Midwest. Recent performances have included the music of Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Pat Metheny, Radiohead and numerous others—covering the whole of jazz history from its roots to the present. The ensemble is co-directed by Dr. Marty Marks and Professor Pete Ford, a highly respected jazz pianist and composer. The band performs three to four times each semester and rehearses for two hours each Tuesday evening.

Faculty:   http://adrian.edu/academics/academic-departments/music

Jazz Events:   http://adrian.edu/academics/academic-departments/music/concert-calendar/

Albion College
611 East Porter Street
Albion, Michigan  49224
Ph:  (517) 629-1000

Website:  http://www.albion.edu/academics/departments/music/

Jazz Director:  James Ball - Associate Professor; Director of Orchestra, Jazz, Conducting

James Ball
James Ball Profile

Office:  115, Goodrich Chapel
Ph:  (517) 629-0256
e-mail:  jball@albion.edu

Band:   Albion Jazz Ensemble

Albion Jazz Ensemble
James Ball, Director
Albion Jazz Band
The Albion Jazz Ensemble is comprised of students from Albion College selected by audition each fall. The ensemble performs eight to ten concerts per school year, including two shows each semester on the Albion College campus. Additionally, the band has a monthly engagement at Cascarelli's Restaurant in downtown Albion. The Jazz Ensemble plays a wide range of repertoire, from classic big band compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn to modern arrangements by contemporary composers such as Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, Pat Metheny, and Maria Schneider.

Faculty:   http://www.albion.edu/academics/departments/music/faculty-and-staff

Jazz Events:   http://www.albion.edu/academics/departments/music/upcoming-concerts

Jazz Festival:    Liberal Arts Festival

The Liberal Arts Jazz Festival is co-hosted by Albion College and Hillsdale College, with each school taking turns as host.   Albion College hosts on even years - 2014, 2016, etc.

The Liberal Arts Jazz Festival is designed to provide small liberal arts colleges and select high school jazz bands a unique educational opportunity to perform for a group of jazz professionals serving as guest clinicians in a positive and supportive environment. The clinicians then spend time rehearsing each participating jazz ensemble and helping them to grow as musicians. The event culminates in an evening performance by the clinicians.

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Eastern Michigan University
Department of Music & Dance (College of Arts & Sciences)
N101 Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan  48197
Ph:  (734) 487-4380
e-mail:  emu.music@emich.edu

Website:    http://www.emich.edu/musicdance/index.php

Jazz Directors:   Donald Babcock, Trombone, Assistant Professor
Ph:  (734) 487-6842
e-Mail:  donald.babcock@emich.edu

Donald BabcockDr. Donald Babcock is Professor of Music in the Department of Music & Dance at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches both trombone and jazz, plus maintains a busy schedule as a teacher, performer, and clinician.  He currently plays principal trombone in the Ann Arbor Symphony and performs recitals locally and around the country.

Babcock has been featured in silent film score as well as in classical and jazz recordings. He has performed with the Flint Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Kalamazoo Symphony. Other performances include an appearance at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, IL, and regular radio broadcasts from Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Dr. Babcock is an active member of the International Trombone Association, and participates in the Eastern Trombone Workshop

Mark Pappas
Mark Pappas, Director, Jazz Combos
336 Alexander Building
Ph:  (734) 487-1435
e-Mail:  mpappas1@emich.edu

Mark Pappas coordinates the Eastern Michigan University Jazz Combo Program, both teaching the ensembles and setting up performance opportunities. He is also the assistant jazz ensemble director, running one rehearsal per week. His EMU appointment as Part-time Lecturer Faculty began in the fall of 2003.

Bands:   Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos

Eastern Michigan University Jazz Ensemble
EMU Jazz Ensemble - Donald Babock, Director

Eastern Michigan University Jazz

EMU Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of approximately 20 members. Jazz Ensemble is open to all
EMU students by audition the first week of classes.
Rehearsals: Tues., Thurs. 4:15-5:45 p.m.

EMU Jazz Combos
Jazz Combos are smaller ensembles comprised of 3-6 members, based on instrumentation
and skill level. Jazz Combos are open to all EMU students by audition the first week of classes.
Gigs are performed both on-campus and off-campus venues, including the Tower Inn Restaurant
in Ypsilanti every Thursday evening from 8-10 p.m.
Rehearsals: based on each group's availability

Faculty:    http://www.emich.edu/musicdance/faculty/index.php

Jazz Events:   http://www.emich.edu/musicdance/events/index.php

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Oakland University
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
207 Varner Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Ph:  (248) 370-2030
e-mail:  mtd@oakland.edu

Website:   http://www.oakland.edu/mtd

Jazz Director:  Miles Brown, Visiting Professor of Jazz
302 Varner Hall
Ph:  (248) 370-2871
e-mail:  brown239@oakland.edu

Miles BrownMiles Brown, bassist, composer, performer, and teacher is a versatile musician who has earned bachelor and doctorate degrees from the Eastman School of Music in jazz performance studies as well as a master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music in classical bass performance.  As a jazz performer, he has led groups featured at the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, and the Blue Note.  He has played with jazz masters such as Sam Rivers, Joe Magnarelli, Ralph Alessi, Walt Weiskopf, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, Joe Lovano, Ben Monder, and Kenny Werner; and he has recorded on the Native Language, Leading Tone, and Yummy House labels.

As a lead educator during October 2008 Brown served as the sabbatical replacement for Jeff Campbell, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music.  Miles comes to Oakland University from Cornell University, where he served as the Gussman Director of Jazz during the 2008-9 school year.  As Director and the only full-time faculty member of Cornell’s jazz program, Brown enjoyed organizing concerts and collaborating with guest artists such as Charlie Haden, Sam Rivers, and Steve Wilson.  In April 2009, he organized the 18th Annual Cornell Jazz Festival featuring guest artists Chuck Israels, Todd Coolman, and Jeff Campbell, among others.

Brown has directed big bands, coached jazz combos, led methods classes and taught improvisation courses at Cornell University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, the Michigan Music Educators Association, Kings Park High School, and Signature Band Camp.

Bands:   OU Jazz Singers, Oakland University Jazz Band

OU Jazz Singers

OU Jazz Singers
This ensemble performs complex vocal jazz works and helps singers develop jazz style and blend, scat singing, solo production and microphone technique.

Oakland University Jazz Band

OU Jazz Band

Faculty:   http://www.oakland.edu/mtd/faculty-staff

Jazz Events:   http://www.oakland.edu/mtd#schedule/music

Jazz Artist-in-Residence   Regina Carter

Regina CarterVirtuoso jazz violinist Regina Carter, a Detroit native and OU alum, serves as artist-in-residence and spends two full weeks on campus during each academic year to teach master classes and work with students, faculty and ensembles, individually and in groups.

A Grammy nominee and a 2006 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Carter earned her bachelor’s degree in music from OU in 1985. In 2001, she became the first jazz musician and African- American to play "The Cannon," a 250-year-old Guarneri violin once owned by Niccolo Paganini, which is kept in Genoa, Italy, and only played once a year by an individual deemed worthy.

Carter is well known as an innovative musician, a trait that led her to Oakland University more than two decades ago.  Carter studied at the Center for Creative Studies and the New England Conservatory of Music before transferring to Oakland because she wanted to play jazz on the violin, traditionally a classical instrument.

University of Michigan

Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
E.V. Moore Building (north campus)
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
Ph:  (734) 764-0583

Websites:   http://www.music.umich.edu/index.php


Jazz Director:   Ellen Rowe, Professor & Chair of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
Ph:  (734) 647-6297 
e-mail:  elrowe@umich.edu

Ellen RoweEllen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, is currently professor and chair of the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins. Prior to her appointment at U-M, she served as director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Winner of the Hartford, CT Advocate Readers' Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz, Rowe has performed at jazz clubs and on concert series throughout the U.S., as well as touring in South Africa, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, and Australia. Also active as a clinician, she has given workshops and master classes at the Melbourne Conservatory, Hochshule fur Musik in Cologne, and The Royal Academy of Music in London. She has also made many appearances as a guest artist at festivals and universities around the country.

When not leading her own quartet, Rowe is in demand as a sideman, having performed with artists including Kenny Wheeler, Tim Ries, Tom Harrell, John Clayton, Frank Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, and Steve Turre.  She was also a guest on two installments of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio. Her three CDs as a leader, Sylvan Way (2000), Denali Pass (2005), and Wishing Well (2010) have received extensive airplay and critical acclaim. Jazz critic Ken Franckling describes Wishing Well, featuring Ingrid Jensen, as a "gem in every respect, revealing much to savor on every track" and All About Jazz's Bruce Lindsay says "The Ellen Rowe Quartet deserves wider recognition, with the beautifully realized Wishing Well a rich and engaging testament to this band's talent."

Rowe's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by jazz ensembles and orchestras around the world, including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, BBC Jazz Orchestra, U.S. Navy Commodores, Berlin and NDR Radio Jazz Orchestras, London Symphony, DIVA, and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. Many of these works can be heard on recently released CD's including Leave It To Diva, The Perth Jazz Orchestra, Bingo (The Bird of Paradise Orchestra), and I Believe In You (DIVA). She has recently been a composer-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway.  Her big band compositions are currently published by Sierra Music Publications.

Bands:   Jazz Ensemble ¦ Jazz Lab Ensemble ¦ Creative Arts Orchestra ¦  Small Jazz Combos

University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
Ellen Rowe, Director

U-M Jazz Ensemble, Ellen Rowe,
Jazz Ensemble, Ellen Rowe, Director
In addition to regular performances on campus, the University of  Michigan Jazz Ensemble has recorded two CDs, toured in Europe and performed at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the Midwest.  They have been featured at the Detroit International Jazz Festival's Main Stage performing student and faculty compositions including a premiere of a work by Jazz Department chair Ed Sarath that featured guest artists Michael Brecker and David Liebman.  Recent performances include the 2003 International Association for Jazz Education Conference with guests Gerald Wilson and Renee Rosnes, and the San Jose Jazz Festival.  This 20-member big-band ensemble draws from the top jazz musicians on campus and focuses on compositions from the last thirty years.

Jazz Lab Ensemble, Dennis Wilson, Director
A traditional big-band jazz ensemble, this group focuses on historical repertoire from musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Thad Jones.  Through frequent performances on campus and off, the ensemble explores the rich history of jazz and the big-band repertoire.

Creative Arts Orchestra, Ed Sarath, Director
The Creative Arts Orchestra is one of the few ensembles of its kind in the world of contemporary music.  A large improvising ensemble, the group was founded in 1992 by Professor Ed Sarath to reflect the eclectic and global trends that increasingly characterize our musical landscape.  Membership ranges from 15 to 30 and has included  musicians of all instrumental categories, dancers, actors and poets.  The ensemble performs and tours regularly including recent appearances at New York's Knitting Factory with Gregg Bendian as featured soloist, and the Bowery Poetry Club with guest artist Oliver Lake.  While part of the ensemble's programming includes compositions of students and faculty, the group most commonly performs entirely  improvised concerts with no parameters set forth in advance.

Small Jazz Combos, Robert Hurst, Coordinator
With weekly coaching from faculty members, students play in small groups of various configurations, allowing optimum playing time and arranging opportunities for each student.  Small Jazz Ensembles give students the opportunity to explore various tradition-based approaches to improvisation through compositional form, while the Jazz Combos focus on standard and classic repertoire, including open-ended forms emphasizing collective improvisation as the point of departure.  Students are encouraged to contribute their own compositions as a  vehicle for developing their personal voices.

Faculty:   http://www.music.umich.edu/departments/jazz_improv/index.php  

Ellen Rowe Chair & Associate Professor of Jazz Piano & Improvisation Studies
Ed Sarath Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
Benny Green  
Associate Professor of Jazz Piano & Improvisation Studies
Robert Hurst Associate Professor of Jazz Bass & Improvisation Studies
Dennis Wilson Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone & Improvisation Studies
Michael Gould Associate Professor of Jazz Percussion & Improvisation Studies
Andrew Bishop Assistant Professor of Jazz Contemporary Improvisation
Mark Kirschenmann Adjunct Lecturer of Jazz & Contemporary Studies
William Lucas
Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation

Jazz Events:    http://www.music.umich.edu/performances_events/

Jazz Festival:   University of Michigan Jazz Festival - 2nd weekend in February, every even year

Wayne State University
Department of Music
4841 Cass Ave., Rm. 1321 Old Main
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Ph:  (313) 577-1795
e-mail:  music@wayne.edu

Websites:  http://music.wayne.edu/    ¦    http://music.wayne.edu/ensembles/jazz.php

Jazz Director:  Christopher Collins, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies

Chris Collins Profile
Ph:  (313) 577-1780
e-mail:  jazz@wayne.edu

Bands:   Jazz Lab I Big Band, Jazz Lab II Big Band, Jazz Lab III Big Band, Jazztets and Jazz Combos, Jazz Guitar Ensemble I, Jazz Guitar Ensemble II
Jazz Lab I Big Band (closed to jazz studies/performance majors only)

Wayne State Jazz Big Band I - Chris Collins, Director, with special guest Eddie Daniels, clarinet
WSU Big Band w/sg Eddie Daniels;
Chris Collins, director

Jazz Big Band I - Chris Collins, Director
Jazz Big Band I is the premiere performance ensemble for Wayne State’s jazz program, performing a wide range of traditional and contemporary repertoire.  Led by Professor Christopher Collins, the band has performed to sold-out concerts with the legendary Joe Lovano and his quartet at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M. Fisher Music Center and to enthusiastic audiences on the main stage of the Detroit International Jazz Festival with Diane Schuur and Kurt Elling.  Students study, explore, rehearse and subsequently perform classic jazz, big band, improvisational, and contemporary repertoire. Additionally, this ensemble is responsible for rehearsing student arrangements/compositions and performing at the demanding Jazz graduation recitals.

Big Band II - Russ Miller, Director
Ph: (313) 577-2532
e-mail:  ac5188@wayne.edu
Big Band II, the second big band, offers its members playing experience and an introduction to jazz literature.  This ensemble erforms on campus twice a year.

Big Band III - Edward Gooch, Director
Big Band III divides into small ensembles, giving students a chance to work on solo and improvisational skills.  Performs on campus twice a year.

Jazztets and Jazz Combos ¦ Jazz Guitar Ensemble I, II - Charles Newsome, Director
Ph: (313) 577-3268
e-mail:  ag8183@wayne.edu

Faculty:   http://music.wayne.edu/faculty/index.php

Jazz Events:    http://events.wayne.edu/music/2015/09/

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