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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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2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition: Accepting Applications

M-Prize, offering an unprecedented grand prize of $100,000, is now accepting applications, with a deadline of February, 1, 2017. more

Chelsea Hamm and Kevin Allswede took Bharatnatyam lessons as part of the India program. Photo by Chelsea Hamm
The India Program is Music to Their Ears

When nine U-M students began their journey to India with Prof. Stephen Rush in July, they thought they were going to learn about Indian classical music. But when they returned one month later, they also brought vast new knowledge about themselves and each other. more

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The Koinonia Trio (Hye-Jin Cho, piano; Christine Harada Li, violin; Nathaniel Pierce, cello)
The New Entrepreneurs

EXCEL program prepares students for thriving careers in the performing arts more

 

events

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Friday, December 2 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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Wednesday, December 7 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for Jazz Lab Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble ConcertJazz Lab Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Thursday, December 8 - 8:00pm
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.), Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Dec. 11
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required
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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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