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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, piano)

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

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

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Receives Quick Win/Discovery Grant for Cultural Entrepreneurship Project

University grant will support program to help performing arts students develop entrepreneurial skills in the transformed cultural landscape of the 21st century. more

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image for U-M selects Sphinx’s founder as new dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance
U-M selects Sphinx’s founder as new dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Aaron Dworkin, recognized internationally for his leadership and advocacy of diversity in the performing arts, will serve as dean of the SMTD beginning July 20, 2015.  more

 

events

image for Renovated E.V. Moore Building Opening CelebrationRenovated E.V. Moore Building Opening Celebration

Friday, September 18 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventScholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 20 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required
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image for Creative Arts Orchestra featuring William HookerCreative Arts Orchestra featuring William Hooker

Thursday, September 24 - 5:40pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Carolyn and Milton Kevreson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Department of Jazz Guest Presentation: William HookerDepartment of Jazz Guest Presentation: William Hooker

Friday, September 25 - 2:00pm
4701 Haven Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Film Screening and Performance: William Hooker, drumsFilm Screening and Performance: William Hooker, drums

Saturday, September 26 - 8:00pm
East Quadrangle, Residential College- Keene Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventDon Chisholm Jazz Vocal Masterclass Series

September 27 - November 22
Stearns Building, Cady Room
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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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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