2016 has been an extremely eventful year for the IU Jazz Studies Department. This newsletter and the next will highlight newsworthy events from Spring 2016. The passing of David Baker in March was a major milestone in the life of IU Jazz. We plan to celebrate David’s life and music at the Musical Arts Center on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Please watch for more information about this event coming soon.
In this issue, we highlight the two online sites for Remembering David Baker, we hear from jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, bandleader John Fedchock who did some sabbatical replacement teaching for us in the spring, and we share news about the newly formed Plummer Jazz Sextet and their trip to Graz, Austria this past March.
We hope you enjoy these updates about IU Jazz!
Professor of Saxophone
Jazz Studies Department Chair
In the Spring of 2016, with Professor Brent Wallarab away on sabbatical, IU Jazz was thrilled to welcome two world-class composer/arrangers into our community: John Fedchock and Mike Holober. Each taught the jazz arranging class and rehearsed the top band. Fedchock made his home on the Indiana University campus for the first eight weeks of the semester and led the top Jacobs School of Music jazz ensemble in both of their concerts. Read more and watch video of the IU Jazz Ensemble….
On March 26th, 2016, the Jacobs School of Music lost long-time faculty member David Baker, Chair Emeritus of the IU Jazz Studies Department. He was in his fiftieth year on faculty. Words cannot begin to express the extent to which we miss his intellect, dedication, and humor.
This past spring the Jazz Studies department launched the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Plummer Jazz Sextet. The group is named for Paul Plummer, who gave a landmark gift in 2012 to support jazz activities in the Jacobs School of Music. Proceeds from the Plummer gift will support the activities of the group.
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Jazz Studies
Phone: (812) 855-7560