Jacobs School faculty to perform at the Sixth Annual B’Town Jazz Fest

Now in its sixth year, B’Town Jazz Fest will once again take place at the Monroe County Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Bloomington.

B’Town Jazz Fest showcases the amazing jazz talent in Bloomington, and features a wide range of professional, college, and high school musicians from the Bloomington area. This year’s lineup features over ten bands, including: the Postmodern Jazz Quartet, the Al Cobine Big Band, the B-Town Bearcats, the Jazz Fables Quintet, and the Jamey Aebersold Quartet.

Several Indiana University jazz faculty members will be performing, including Pat Harbison, Tom Walsh, Wayne Wallace, John Raymond, Tierney Sutton, Steve Houghton, Jeremy Allen, Luke Gillespie, and Walter Smith.

Jazz Fest is one of the biggest and most anticipated music festivals held in Bloomington. Timed to cap off the summer season and welcome Indiana University students back to Bloomington, the festival is free and open to the public.

Food, Beer, and Wine will be available for purchase (alcohol sales to those 21 and up will require ID). Free parking will be available at the Convention Center and at the Fourth Street garage.

Stay tuned for more information and updates as the B’Town Jazz Fest draws near!

The B’Town Jazz Fest is organized by B’Town Jazz (formerly Jazz from Bloomington), a non-profit organization working to promote jazz music and education in Bloomington, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. For more information, visit btownjazz.org.

The B’Town Jazz Fest is made possible through the support of Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, Bloomington Visitors Center, and a wide range of local sponsors.

When: Saturday, August 19, from 12:00 noon -11:00 p.m.
Where: Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Contact: John Christopher Porter, President, at 812-606-3863

 

© 2017 B’Town Jazz

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The Liberation Music Collective

by Scott Gotschall

Students in the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies Department benefit from a world class education and working with faculty at the top of their field. An equally important benefit is being in an environment of talented peers with diverse musical interests and the opportunity to collaborate with these peers. One student group that has now been together for more than a year and has displayed discipline and creativity in both their music and their message is the Liberation Music Collective. Founded as a musical outlet to process recent events in Ferguson, MO and the Black Lives Matter movement, the LMC was formed with an entrepreneurial spirit and social awareness that echoes the significant statements of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.

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New Release: Basically Baker, Vol. 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker

by Scott Gotschall

Basically Baker, Vol. 2: The Big Band Music of David Baker, the latest CD from the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, was released September 23 on Patois Records. A sequel to the celebrated 2007 release Basically Baker, the new double-CD album received a four-star review in December issue of DownBeat Magazine and made the list of Best Albums of 2016 in the January 2017 issue. Doug Ramsey selected it for his “Monday Recommendation” on his Rifftides blog on November 7, and it broke into the top 50 of the JazzWeek radio charts for November 14, reaching number 33 on the December 5 chart. The album is available on Amazon and iTunes.

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IU Jazz Welcomes Dr. Jeremy Fox to Lead IU Vocal Jazz Ensembles

by Scott Gotschall

The IU Jazz Studies Department and Jacobs School of Music welcomed Dr. Jeremy Fox this fall as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Vocal Jazz. Jeremy brings a depth and understanding of vocal jazz ensemble performance and arranging that is highly regarded. We were able to “sit down” with him and further explore his initial thoughts, expectations, and experiences on campus and in Bloomington.

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Saxophonist Walter Smith III Joins IU Jazz Faculty

by Scott Gotschall

This fall the IU Jazz Studies Department and Jacobs School of Music welcomed saxophonist Walter Smith III to its faculty as an Associate Professor. Smith brings a background in jazz performance and education that has long been a proud tradition of the department. We were able to “sit down” with him and further explore his initial thoughts, expectations, and experiences on campus and in Bloomington.

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IU Jazz Faculty and Alumni Voted into DownBeat Critics Poll

by Scott Gotschall

Congratulations to the IU faculty and alumni who were selected for the 2016 Downbeat Critics Poll! The full results can be found in the August 2016 issue of Downbeat.

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Dave Stryker is on a Roll! New CD Eight Track II

by Scott Gotschall
Eight Track IICongratulations to IU Jazz faculty member Dave Stryker, who appears this month in both Jazz Times magazine and DownBeat Magazine’s online edition. Stryker’s latest release, Eight Track II, came out September 2nd on his own Strikezone label, featuring Jared Gold, organ, McClenty Hunter, drums, and guest vibraphonist Steve Nelson.

In the Downbeat article, “Stryker’s Eight Track II Provides Portal to Groovy Past,” Stryker discusses his new release and how the material was chosen for Eight Track II, as well as his background prior to playing with Brother Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine and his thoughts about teaching jazz.

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IU Jazz Launches Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame

by Scott Gotschall and Tom Walsh

At the 2016 Jazz Celebration concert on April 23, seven individuals were inducted into the inaugural class of the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame: Jamey Aebersold, Buddy Baker, the late David Baker, Jerry Coker, Roger Pemberton, Whit Sidener, and Dominic Spera. Individually, they are pioneering authors, a leading publisher, prolific composer/arrangers, outstanding performers, and influential jazz educators and arts advocates. They have established and led some of the country’s most vibrant jazz studies programs, and their students have gone on to be Grammy Award winning performers and award winning composers, arrangers, authors, and educators who continue to spread the gospel of jazz. The collective impact of their work has reached many thousands of musicians around the world and it establishes the historical importance of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a significant fountainhead for jazz education.

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1965-66 IU Jazz Ensemble 50-Year Reunion

by Tom Walsh

This past spring members of the 1965-66 IU Jazz Ensemble gathered in Bloomington May 27-29 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their historic tour of the Near East and South Asia. The tour came about as a result of being selected as the winning big band at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1965 under the leadership of Jerry Coker. Following on this honor, the group was invited by the U.S. State Department to embark on a cultural diplomacy tour of the Near East and South Asia in early 1966. Members of the ensemble were allowed to miss an entire semester of school to represent the IU School of Music. They experienced both the beauty and wonder of the exotic places they visited and they also suffered primitive conditions, witnessed political unrest, and directly felt the political tensions of the day.

To learn more about this extraordinary tour, read the article written by band member Craig Andrews, “A Life-Altering Event: The 1966 IU Jazz Ensemble U.S. State Department Near East & South Asia Cultural Exchange Concert Tour.”

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A Life-Altering Event: The 1966 IU Jazz Ensemble U.S. State Department Near East & South Asia Cultural Exchange Concert Tour

By Craig Andrews (B.M. 1969)

1966 Tour--IU Auditorium
On January 29, 1966, the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble – known as the “first” of three jazz ensembles in the School of Music at that time – departed the U.S. on a 109-day tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  This 19-member jazz band led by Jerry Coker – as well as a sextet comprised of ensemble members – played over 80 concerts in Ceylon (today’s Sri Lanka), India, East Pakistan (today’s Bangladesh), West Pakistan (today’s Pakistan), Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Greece and Cyprus.

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