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Charts by jazz greats Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Paquito D'Rivera all have a place on tonight's concert by the Western Michigan University Jazz Lab Band and the WMU Jazz Orchestra, but it doesn't stop there. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, jazz studies professor Dr. Scott Cowan and graduate student/composer Eddie Codrington highlight new and original pieces by Codrington himself ("Flaskling") and another student composer, Jane Kozhevnikova ("'Cause I Ain't Sugar"). 

The concert is at 7:30 pm at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available at the door or through the Miller Auditorium box office.


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The original music and improvisations of both Rob Clearfield and alto saxophonist Caroline Davis is the starting point for the jazz quartet Persona, which is bringing its new album, Anthems, on tour to Western Michigan University at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov 12 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Joining them on the album, and on tour, are bassist Sam Weber and drummer Jay Sawyer, both Western Michigan University jazz alumni. All four Persona members and WMU professor of jazz drums Keith Hall joined Cara Lieurance in the studio to talk about their work and listen to some of the new tracks.


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Pianist Emilio Solla is a New York-based  jazz and tango composer and arranger originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. A fan of Piazzolla's Nuevo Tango as a young performer, Solla says he learned to appreciate older tango styles at the height of his career as a jazz pianist. At 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov 6 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, Solla will join the WMU Jazz Orchestra and faculty performers for a concert featuring his original compositions and arrangements. As he tells Cara Lieurance, many of his pieces expand on jazz or tango to embrace folk forms and sounds, in a process that allows cultures to meet and connections to form. Solla cautions classical musicians not to treat the tango, and Piazzolla's music, as "easy."

Emilio Solla's newest album is Puertos: Music from International Waters, featuring Solla and his Tango Jazz Orchestra. 


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Western Michigan University's Jazz Masters Series will present one of the foremost jazz bassists of today at 7:30 pm Thursday, Oct 24 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, in a concert that will also feature student jazz ensembles and the Western Jazz Collective, a faculty group.  John Patitucci has united different worlds from the beginning, as a musician who splits his time between instruments (the electric and acoustic bass), coasts (raised in Brooklyn, NY and California) and music (jazz, pop, classical, African, Latin and more). In a conversation with Cara Lieurance and WMU professor of drums Keith Hall, Patitucci speaks in depth about the meaning of music, its power of communication, and the higher purpose it can serve in the world. 


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A world-class jazz drummer and outstanding educator, Carl Allen will perform at Western Michigan University tonight at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert will feature many of his own works, including a tribute to trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who recently died at 49.

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance and  Jazz Currents host Keith Hall, who describes Allen a mentor,  Allen shares his thoughts and advice for young players. He carries a sense of history with him, and an appreciation for the jazz greats who took him under their wings, including Art Blakey and Freddie Hubbard. He describes his some of his experiences playing with bassist Christian McBride, and trumpeter/film composer Terence Blanchard. Allen also reflects on what he set out to establish at the Juilliard School, where he helped found its jazz program in 2001, leaving as director in 2014. 


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