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WMU School of Music

Scott Cowan has been writing music for many years, often finding inspiration in books, travels, or experiences at home. Tonight, he and fellow jazz faculty players and the Western Jazz Orchestra will showcase pieces that date from 20 years ago, to this week's wet ink. Cowan talks to Cara Lieurance about the concert, which begins at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.


Danielle Guerra

Longtime collaborators Lucas Pino and Jeremy Siskind premiered a new collection of songs, Golden Rule, Turing Test, at Western Michigan University on Tuesday. It's a sometimes lighthearted, sometimes bemused reaction to the way we filter our human relationships through social media and mobile devices.


The second episode of our Billy Strayhorn centennial birthday celebration focuses on his masterpiece 'Lush Life'.

"Jazz Currents" celebrates the birthday centennial of the multi-talented Billy Strayhorn.    

Episode one will focus on Strayhorn's upbringing and early years with Ellington.  During this time, Strayhorn wrote many tunes for the Ellington orchestra including 'Something to Live For', 'Take the A Train' and 'Chelsea Bridge.' 

Episode two will focus on Strayhorn's masterpiece 'Lush Life', including some of the definitive recordings by Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman and Strayhorn himself. 

DownBeat magazine

Seven Western Michigan University jazz students and student ensembles have won honors in this year's DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards.

That put Western second only to to Austria's University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the number of students winning awards.

Several Western alumni also got awards in the 38th annual competition.

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