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Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

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Art forms evolve through the interplay of two contrasting, yet complementary forces--the ongoing quest for new possibilities, and the continual inquiry into past forms and practices. When this present-past interplay is centered at the heart of artistic training, students not only gain optimal mastery of skills and concepts within their field, they also experience their field as a vehicle for a broader, cross-disciplinary exploration.

The Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation has harnessed these principles and emerged as a leading new educational voice. Combining the finest in traditional jazz training with systematic study of jazz's eclectic offshoots, along with innovative, interdisciplinary options which are at the cutting edge of pedagogical thought, the department offers students a variety of educational pathways few schools can match.

faculty

Ellen Rowe (Chair, improvisation, jazz ensemble)

Andrew Bishop (saxophone)

Michael Gould (drums/percussion)

 

Associated Faculty

Sean Dobbins (drums)

Marion Hayden (bass)

Mark Kirschenmann (Creative Arts Orchestra)

Benny Green (piano)

Robert Hurst (bass)

Edward W. Sarath

Dennis Wilson (trombone)

 

 

Cary Kocher (vibes)

William Lucas (trumpet)

Miles Okazaki (guitar)

Martha Travers

news

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SMTD’s Collage Concert XXXIX

The most anticipated SMTD event of every year, the Collage Concert is a non-stop evening of virtuosity, featuring students from every performance discipline in a riveting display of talent, made even more exciting by unique ensembles, exhilarating repertoire, and unexpected juxtapositions of acts. more

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U-M Announces International Chamber Music Competition with Grand Prize of $100,000

M-Prize, U-M's new international chamber arts competition, will feature the largest cash award of any competition of its kind as it seeks to raise the profile of chamber arts. more

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Moore Building's new Brehm Pavilion (photo: Michigan Photography, Eric Bronson)
E.V. Moore Building reopens following $29.5 million renovation and expansion

SMTD's Earl V. Moore Building reopens, introduces brand new Brehm Pavilion. more

William and Delores Brehm (photo by Mark Mastropietro)
SMTD Receives $1 Million Gift for Pianos From William and Delores Brehm

Lead donors to the Moore Building renovation and expansion make additional gift to outfit the building with new pianos.  more

 

events

image for Don Chisholm Jazz Vocal Master Class Series with Sunny WilkinsonDon Chisholm Jazz Vocal Master Class Series with Sunny Wilkinson

January 24 - April 17
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventJazz Master Class: Ches Smith Trio with Creative Arts Orchestra

Thursday, February 18 - 5:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventLatin Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, March 12 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Ensembles: Choral & Jazz

Sunday, March 13 - 4:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventChamber Jazz Ensembles

March 13 - 14
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Jazz Ensemble's Rhythm Section
Professor Ellen Rowe directs the Jazz Ensemble Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Masters Student Colin Campbell  Undergraduate jazz trumpeter Joshua MizruchiReed & Brass Section of the Jazz EnsembleUndergraduate Jazz drummer Quentin Joseph
"My years at Michigan helped me to expand my creative horizons in every dimension....After graduating I moved to Austin, TX in May of 2012, got married, and am working 3 jobs which I love. I'm a performer, a music teacher and a fitness coach. My education at the University of Michigan prepared me to approach all of these jobs with creativity, awareness, and the integration of individuality, tradition, and innovation."
Billy Satterwhite, MM 2012

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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