Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band, debut CD “Fly!”

mitch shiner FLYIndiana University Jacobs School of Music Alumnus, Mitch Shiner ( Jazz Studies ’14), is releasing his debut CD, “Fly!” on August 19th, 2014. “Fly!” features 19 IU Jacobs School of Music students, making up the BloomingTones Big Band. The album also features five IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz faculty: Jeremy Allen, Pat Harbison, Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, and Dr. David Baker.  Shiner composed and arranged all the music on the CD. “Fly!” has five originals and five arrangements, including “When You Wish upon a Star,” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” Co-produced by Mitch Shiner and Wayne Wallace, “Fly!” is available via Patois Records on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.

Shiner received his BM from Indiana University in 2014, where he also received a Performer’s Certificate for completion of an outstanding senior recital.  Shiner studied under Professors Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro.

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Celebration honors Indiana jazz legends

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music hosted their Jazz Celebration at the musical arts center on Saturday. The festival celebrated the Indiana Jazz Legends, Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music hosted their Jazz Celebration at the musical arts center on Saturday. The festival celebrated the Indiana Jazz Legends, Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.

By Brandon Cook


Blue lights illuminated a giant, superimposed image of three “Indiana Jazz Legends” Saturday night in the Musical Arts Center.

A densely packed audience sat to pay tribute to some of the most popular tunes of the 20th century.

IU presented its Jazz Celebration at 8 p.m. in honor of famous Hoosier jazz musicians.

Along with several guest musicians, including the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the 50-plus-piece Studio Orchestra performed works written by guitarist Wes Montgomery, trombonist J.J. Johnson and pianist Hoagy Carmichael, a Bloomington native whose iconic statue sits outside the IU Auditorium.

“It was like being in a 1940s club,” IU student Alex Black said. “It swung. I loved the feel of it.”

The concert opened with Hoagy Carmichael Overture, arranged by Musical Director Brent Wallarab.

Referred to as “America’s first songwriter” by guest announcer and WFIU’s classic jazz director David Brent Johnson, Carmichael is responsible for writing some of the most popular American songs of all time.

His 1930 release “Georgia on my Mind,” the official state song of Georgia as of 1979, became enormously popular after pianist Ray Charles released a cover in 1960. Two of Carmichael’s other songs, “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul,” were performed Saturday night with a similarly warm reception from the crowd.

Along with his musical career, Carmichael’s image has been ingrained in popular culture as the inspiration for an iconic 20th-century character. Writing in the early 1960s, James Bond creator Ian Fleming decided that his famous Secret Service operative should resemble Carmichael.

Direct references to Carmichael appear in the dialogue of Fleming’s “Casino Royale” as well as “Moonraker.”

The sounds and sights of jazz were both honored at Saturday’s performance. As a tribute to the late jazz photographer Duncan Schiedt, who took some of the most famous pictures of 20th century jazz icons, a massive poster depicting his images of Montgomery, Johnson and Carmichael hung above the orchestra.

“The pictures really help you understand the people you’re listening to,” Black said. “They were people. They weren’t just musicians.”

With celebrated guest soloists such as jazz guitarist Dave Stryker, Grammy-nominated trombonist Wayne Wallace and vocalist and IU graduate student Richard Baskin Jr., Saturday’s celebration treated patrons with the music of Indiana icons.

“You wouldn’t have thought of the Midwest as a place for music,” Black said. “IU does a great job getting everyone to listen.”


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New jazz ensemble debuts

By Brandon Cook


Jacobs School of Music master’s student and award-nominated jazz guitarist Matt MacDougall led the debut concert of the IU All-Campus Jazz Ensemble at Rachael’s Café Monday night.

The performance featured pieces composed or arranged by Frank Mantooth, Bill Holman, Rob McConnell and Count Basie, among others.

Nearly all of the performers were students not majoring in music who joined the ensemble out of the desire to play in a big-band setting.

Trombone performers focus on their music as they play duing the IU Jazz Ensemble performance Monday night at Rachael's Cafe. The Ensemble, made up of all non-music majors, performed at Rachael's Cafe on Third Street.

Trombone performers focus on their music as they play duing the IU Jazz Ensemble performance Monday night at Rachael’s Cafe. The Ensemble, made up of all non-music majors, performed at Rachael’s Cafe on Third Street.

“It’s eclectic,” said Neil Hicks, the ensemble’s bassist. “A good group effort.”
Despite having been formally trained in music from a young age, MacDougall, who formed the 17-person ensemble with Tom Walsh, did not discover his inclinations towards jazz and classical until he began playing guitar  at the age of 13.

To date, the musician has performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Galaxy Rising Stars Youth Summit Group, in addition to performances alongside musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, John Abercrombie, Tim Hagans, John Surman and Mike Murley.

MacDougall currently serves as an associate instructor in the Jacobs School of Music’s jazz department, but his experiences are not strictly limited to teaching and live performances.

In September 2012, he released the album “Familiar Faces,” a collection of eight tracks that crosses multiple genres and fluctuates between loose, hip-hop beats and a firm bebop sound.

The album was released on Armored Records, a record company devoted to promoting the work of up-and-coming musicians.

“I got some mileage out of it,” he said. “All the things that built my foundation manifested themselves in that album.”

“Familiar Faces” was nominated for the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year.

Following the release of the album, MacDougall was able to perform at several highly renowned venues including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2013 and at the 56th Annual Montery Next Generation Jazz Festival, an event that draws hundreds of artists, from high school students to icons like Herbie Hancock and The Roots.

“I was very humbled by these experiences and felt very welcomed into the jazz community,” he said in a statement on a Kickstarter page.

As of February, the guitarist has been working on his sophomore album, “Boy Goes to City,” which he said will feature a hard-driving groove laced with the influences of rock and alternative hip-hop, all within an improvisational or jazz context.

Other members of the album ensemble include the Grammy award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin, saxophonist Adam Carillo, pianist Alex Wignall, bassist Roy Vogt, drummer Arianna Fanning and Grammy-nominated sound engineer Denny Jiosa.

Although MacDougall’s own compositions featured stylistic influence from jazz fusion and alternative genres, Monday night’s concert was rooted in the big band artists of both early and contemporary, 20th-century composers, such as Count Basie, Frank Mantooth, Bill Holman and Burt Bacharach.

The set-list featured such famous tracks as the bossa nova tune, “Black Orpheus,” the traditional, brass-heavy “After You’ve Gone” and the jazz staple, “Watermelon Man.”

“We range from 1930s through 1940s big band sound, pushing towards a more modern big band sound,” MacDougall said.

With crowds trickling in throughout the night, the venue was packed with an enthusiastic audience.

Even when tables and chairs became crowded, people remained standing and, occasionally, swaying.

“I don’t know anything about music, but I was into it,” audience member Shalu
Mittal said at the show.


© Indiana Daily Student 2014

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Jazz Celebration Concert April 26 Highlights Indiana Jazz Legends

The IU Jacobs School of Music presents:

Jazz Celebration—Indiana Jazz Legends: Hoagy, Wes, and J.J.

When: 8:00 pm, Saturday, April 26

Where: IU’s Musical Arts Center

Tickets: $10-$25 reserved seating, $8 for students at the Musical Arts Center Box Office and online here.

The Jacobs School of Music presents the annual Jazz Celebration on Saturday, April 26, in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center with a tribute to Indiana Jazz Legends Hoagy Carmichael, Wes Montgomery, and J.J. Johnson.

Louisville vocalist Gayle King will join new IU Jazz faculty members Dave Stryker and Wayne Wallace in the spotlight performing with a 50-piece jazz studio orchestra featuring Jacobs School of Music faculty and students.

gayle-cu_10-12-07-resize--cropped“Gayle is a veteran jazz vocalist who really knows how to connect with an audience,” said Tom Walsh, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies Department Chair. “She has a rich and wonderfully expressive voice that reminds me of singers like Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan.”

The orchestra will be led by Brent Wallarab, who created most of the orchestral The Stryker-Slagle Bandarrangements specially for this event, including Hoagy Carmichael favorites “Stardust” and “Heart and Soul”. Guitarist Stryker will be heard playing classics by Wes Montgomery with Indianapolis organist Kevin Anker performing on the Jacobs School’s newly refurbished Hammond B-3 organ.

WayneWallaceGrammy-nominated trombonist, composer, and arranger Wayne Wallace will lead a Latin jazz octet in an original arrangement of “Shutterbug” by Indianapolis trombone virtuoso J.J. Johnson, and he will be heard with the orchestra playing Johnson’s hauntingly beautiful “Lament”. Rounding out the program is the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Steve Zegree, singing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia”.

This year’s jazz celebration poster and program features photographs by legendary Indiana photographer Duncan Schiedt as a tribute to his life’s work. Schiedt passed away on March 12 of this year.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Come celebrate with us at the Jazz Celebration!

Jazz Celebration 2013

Last year’s Jazz Celebration was “A Tribute to Cole Porter”.


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IU Jazz in NYC! IU Jazz Ensembles invited to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Bloomington, IN – Three ensembles from the venerated Jazz Studies program at Indiana University will serve as jazz ambassadors from Indiana during a featured performance on the final concert of the 2014 New York City Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm.

DSC_3781The top IU Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor of Music and Jazz Studies Department Chair Tom Walsh, will perform with Grammy Award winning New York Voices ( in Rose Theater. The award winning vocal quartet includes Darmon Meader, who serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to perform with such a world-class group as New York Voices in one of the premier jazz venues in the world,” Walsh said. “Working directly with Darmon on his arrangements has been a real treat.”

IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music Steve IMG_0260Zegree will also give a featured performance on the 8 p.m. concert with Darmon Meader as a guest artist.  IUnison (directed by Adjunct Lecturer Ly Wilder) will join IU VJE I in collaborating with other festival participants on the evening concert as part of the Festival Chorus, directed by Zegree.  In addition, IUnison will perform Sunday at noon in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as part of the afternoon festivities.

“On behalf of the IU students we could not be more proud to represent The Jacobs School of Music and Indiana University at one of the most famous jazz venues in the world,” said Zegree.  “This is a tremendous educational and performance opportunity for our students to go toe to toe with top professionals. Our students have been working very hard and are looking forward to sharing their talents at Jazz at Lincoln Center. We hope to see many Indiana University alumni, friends and family in the audience.”

WHAT:  IU Jazz Ensemble directed by Tom Walsh, Vocal Jazz Ensemble I directed by Steve Zegree, and IUnison, directed by Ly Wilder as part of the New York City Jazz Festival.

WHEN: 8 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014

WHERE: Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center

TICKETS: Available at or CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, TTY (212) 957-1709, and at the JALC Box office at Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor

SPECIAL OFFERS: Alumni and Friends & Family

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New CD from IU Jazz faculty member Dave Stryker

Stryker Eight TrackIU jazz faculty member Dave Stryker adds to his prolific recorded output with his latest CD project: Eight Track. The recording features classic 1970s hit tunes such as Wichita Lineman, Never Can Say Goodbye, and Aquarius given a grooving jazz treatment. Along with Stryker on guitar, the recording includes Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Jared Gold on organ, and McClenty Hunter on drums.  Dan Bilawsky of All About Jazz says, ”No pretense or posturing on this one. Stryker’s Eight Track is just straight up fun.” Eight Track is available at and CDBaby.

Stryker joined the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as adjunct lecturer of jazz guitar in August 2013. Watch for a feature profile in the May 2014 issue of DownBeat magazine. In 2013 Stryker was once again voted  into the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls.

Dave Stryker Upcoming Live Appearances

Kevin Mahogany Band at Birdland

Fri/Sat Mar 14-15, 2014 – 8:30 and 11:00pm

• Kevin Mahogany – vocals
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Pat Bianchi – organ
• McClenty Hunter – drums

315 West 44th St
New York, NY

Don Braden / Dave Stryker Organic Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

Sat Mar 22, 2014 – 8:00 and 10:00 pm

• Don Braden – tenor sax
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Jared Gold – organ
• Cecil Brooks III – drums

Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St‎
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Dave Stryker Trio – Dave’s Birthday Gig at the Shanghai Jazz Club!

Sat Mar 29, 2014 – 7:00 and 9:00pm

• Jared Gold – organ
• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Adam Nussbaum – drums

Shanghai Jazz Club
24 Main Street,
Madison, NJ
Tel: 973.822.2899

Dave Stryker Quartet at Trumpets Jazz Club

Sat Apr 12, 2014 – 8:00 and 10:00pm

• Dave Stryker – guitar
• Jared Gold – organ
• TBA – drums
• plus special guest

Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square,
Montclair, NJ
(973) 744-2600


Dave Stryker - Stefon Harris - Jared Gold - McClenty Hunter

Dave Stryker – Stefon Harris – Jared Gold – McClenty Hunter


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Hot Spots: Aaron Neville, Post Modern Jazz Quartet and Jamey Aebersold

The Post Modern Jazz Quartet

The Post Modern Jazz Quartet

Compiled by Marci Creps


The Postmodern Jazz Quartet has become a well-known and established band that plays jazz like no other. And to celebrate the naming of Topo’s 403 as the new home to jazz, the quartet will perform 7 p.m. Friday. So consider checking out the venue and this great quartet. You won’t be disappointed. And if you can’t make it, jazz pianist Monika Herzig will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greek restaurant.

It’s an honor

And while we’re talking about jazz, Jamey Aebersold is an IU Jacobs School of Music distinguished jazz alum saxophonist and educator. He was recently given the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So see this newly crowned master at work at 5:30 tonight at Bear’s Place. Tickets are $6, $5 for students.

A classic artist

Aaron Neville has been creating hits since 1967 when he hit the Billboard charts with “Tell It Like It Is.” He’s continued to turn out hits and just a year ago released “My True Story,” a collection of doo-wop hits produced by Don Was and Keith Richards. The 72-year-old crooner will perform 8 p.m. Friday at the French Lick Resort. Tickets start at $42.75.


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Wayne Wallace: ‘Your Art Should Go Hand-in-Hand With Your Social Consciousness’

The Wayne Wallace Quintet.

The Wayne Wallace Quintet.

Wayne Wallace is an acclaimed Afro-Latin jazz musician and eloquent public intellectual. This academic year, the multi-faceted, 61-year-old trombonist became a jazz professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Wallace, a keyboardist, composer and bandleader has made several albums with his self-titled quintet.  His seventh album (the quintet’s second), Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin, recently earned Wallace his sixth career Grammy nomination. Released through his imprint, Patois Records, the self-assured musician believes taking ownership in his work always yield the greatest rewards. Educating others is one of Wallace’s greatest rewards.The San Francisco native’s post at Indiana is not the first time he’s offered his expertise in the classroom. The sought after Wallace has taught courses at San Jose State University, Stanford University, Antioch College and University of California at Berkeley on topics including jazz history, trombone studies, big band, theory, improvisation and Latin Jazz ensemble.

Wallace, the recipient of numerous grants, believes jazz is more than a musical genre. He believes that jazz is the core of American culture. “It’s a creative lifestyle. Anybody that’s an artist, it’s an essential part of who they are. They wouldn’t function if they weren’t doing the essence of what they do,” he says.

Wallace visits Latin American countries and enclaves on many occasions. The accomplished instrumentalist and well-traveled culture advocate uses jazz as a bridge to connect with diverse people.

“If people are connected on all levels of society, it will move forward. What every civilization leaves behind for the rest of the world is their culture. If you don’t nurture your culture, you’re taking steps backward for your community,” says Wallace.

Admitting to enjoying good conversation, Wallace, an authority on Afro-Caribbean music, gets inspired when he connects with local citizens. “People are people no matter where you go. It makes me appreciate more of what’s available to me,” says Wallace with a slight crescendo in his voice.

That same inspiration emerges from Wallace’s appreciation for enthusiastic students. He believes they enhance his teaching methodology. “It’s an exchange. Students who like jazz are usually self-motivated. They come with a lot of questions and a lot of energy. They motivate me to wanna teach better and figure out different ways to help find their voices as artists and musicians,” says Wallace.

Critical thinking gets Wallace’s adrenaline going. He believes that students pursuing a higher education should take the initiative to challenge themselves. His past students have approached him and told him how his courses left an impression on them once they got into the real world.

“When you challenge students to think, they’ll eventually come around. They saw what I was talking about. That’s our job as teachers – to be mentors and pass on information,” says Wallace.

Wallace, an avid baseball fan, uses sports analogies whenever he talks about being self-sufficient. “Don’t wait for somebody to discover you. If you’re not willing to invest in yourself, then why should anybody else? If you go up to bat and you don’t swing, you won’t get a hit,” he says.

Furthermore, Wallace encourages younger musicians to become engaged civic leaders in their local communities. He references the Harlem Renaissance and how this generation should create black cultural products that reflect the concerns of African American communities.

Wallace often shares with his students. “The way music is packaged now, the art does not reflect what’s going on in society. Your art should go hand-in-hand with your social consciousness. Look at music as an active part of your life, not as a hobby,” he says.

Aside from being a thoughtful educator, Wallace is extremely proud of accompanying many of popular music’s greatest entertainers and performers throughout his career. He wants his work in the classroom, on stage and in the recording studio to represent how he made a difference in the world.

“I’m very fortunate that I lived through the time I’ve lived through. I worked with that generation of performers that plowed the field for the rest of us. It’s my responsibility to pass that information onto all people. That’s how we move forward. If you take that away, you’re crippling your society,” says Wallace.


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Latin Jazz Octet makes debut performance

By Anthony Broderick

Grammy-nominated jazz artist, arranger, educator and composer Wayne Wallace debuted his Latin Jazz Octet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Bear’s Place.

Wallace is best known as a famous trombonist who composes Latin jazz music from San Francisco.

Last year Wallace joined the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty as one of the professors of practice in jazz.

“I came to Bloomington because I wanted to be a part of such a divine and wonderful community,” he said. “We decided to perform tonight since it seemed like a great time and place for people to understand and appreciate the beautiful melodies that Latin jazz music offers.”

Wallace is also known for having his own record label, Patois Records, which supports and records improvisational and jazz-themed music for overlooked artists.

The label helps educators with teaching improvisation in jazz and increases the knowledge of listeners through its music.

Wallace’s band consists of four trombones and an Afro-Cuban rhythm section with a drum set, congas, a piano and an electric bass.

Members include IU jazz studies students Mitch Shiner on drums, Jamal Baptiste on piano and Sam Weber, Michael Nearpass and Brennan Johns on trombone.

Some of the group members in Wallace’s band work as jazz professors for IU, such as  percussionist Michael Spiro and bass player Jeremy Allen.

“This is the first performance as a group, so I can’t say that we’re really noted for anything just yet,” Allen said. “Our goal for our performance is just to expose people to this discrete form of music, and also to enjoy ourselves when doing so.”

At the concert, the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Octet promoted its two albums, “Latin Jazz — Jazz Latin” and “To Hear from There.”

Each song the band played ranged from soft to up-tempo jazz beats that many people at the bar grooved to.

Most of Bear Place’s entertainment room was taken up by viewers of many ages.

The audience members swayed to the beats and harmonies the band played.

One of the members at the concert, music major Veronica Allen, said she was generally pleased with Wallace’s performance.

“The Latin Jazz played tonight has cast such a hold on me that I really cannot explain,” Veronica said. “The rhythms I jammed to were culturally influenced and dynamic, creating a form of music that I have never listened to before.”

© Indiana Daily Student 2013

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Music Review: Latin Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble plays Latin-inspired music

By Anicka Slachta

Adam Carillo plays the saxophone while Reginald Bowens sings in the Jazz Combo on Monday at the Muscial Arts Center. The Jazz Combo performed three different classic jazz songs.

Adam Carillo plays the saxophone while Reginald Bowens sings in the Jazz Combo on Monday at the Muscial Arts Center. The Jazz Combo performed three different classic jazz songs.

The Musical Arts Center came alive Monday night with the sounds of congas, wild saxophone solos and colorful trumpet melodies when the Jacobs School of Music LatinJazz Ensemble took the stage.

The jazz ensemble, directed by Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace, is comprised of 27 musicians.

The ages of the members of the ensemble group range from undergraduates to masters students at IU.

Almost half of them make up the rhythm section of the group, which boasts a handful of Latin percussion instruments.

Donning Hawaiian shirts, white pants and the occasional beret, the ensemble filed onstage.

The musicians played five diverse Latin-jazz inspired songs during the

These songs showcased several instrumentalists in brass, percussion and guitar solos.

“I like the feel of it, and the groove,” Rachel Rodgers said of the Latin jazz music style. “It’s very cultural.”

Rodgers is the only flute player in the ensemble.

She also said that being a member of the jazz ensemble exposes her to a world music that she’d never explored before becoming a member.

Rodgers, among other students in Jacobs, auditioned for the ensemble earlier in the fall.

Students interested in jazz music auditioned and were later offered positions in an array of ensembles.

One the students were offered positions, they were then able to choose from among the offers.

Although she’s a classical music major, Rogers said she has grown to love jazz music.

“It’s probably my favorite ensemble,” she said.

“The combination of rhythm and (melody) is what makes the Latin-jazz genre so appealing,” conductor Spiro said.

He was the sole director of the group for five years, but was joined recently by Wallace.

Onstage, the two danced, smiled and moved with the music, celebrating their ensemble’s hard work.

After countless hours in rehearsal with the group, he said he was looking forward to leaving the practice room and performing onstage for an audience.

Those present clapped along with the grooves and singing along to the third piece of music.

This song was a call-and-response number entitled “Mambo en Blues” featuring solo vocalist Yurira Rodríguez.

Second year master’s student and jazz bassist Anna Butterss said she enjoys the joy that Latin-jazz music brings to her.

“It’s really fun to play,” she said.

She also said she likes to see fellow musicians and listeners supporting and enjoying the music.

“It makes me feel good about life, and it makes people want to sing and dance. It’s like a big party,” she said.

Follow reporter Anicka Slachta on Twitter @ajslachta.


© Indiana Daily Student 2013


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