Jazz Studies News Room
The conservatory's jazz faculty members united for an evening of music on January 15 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park in Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
From Left: Peter Manheim and Conrad Reeves perform in downtown Cleveland, OH.
There are enough local gigs to play weekly outside of Oberlin, say jazz students, if you work hard enough. But, they add, “don’t underestimate the amount of opportunities you have in Oberlin.”
Jazz pianist receives award for being an exceptionally talented young artist who has completed formal training and “possess the potential to become a cultural and community leader of the next generation.”
Lawrence Galloway, Creative Arts alumnus and OJE member, takes his solo during the final concert of the school's annual jazz festival.
Marci Alegant, executive director of Oberlin’s Music in America initiative, and Dickerson spearheaded the visit; the two have been working together closely in recent years to develop a relationship between the two schools in order to provide Camden’s music students with role models who are pursuing music in higher education.
Oberlin College and Conservatory is undergoing a renaissance of student-run concert production groups — in 2011-12, organizations such as the Oberlin College Black Music Guild and Hip Hop 101 organized concerts and masterclasses by half a dozen high-caliber performers, from Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner to Steve Lehman. "It empowers the jazz student," says Will Miller '12, president of the Oberlin Jazz Society.
Premiere jazz bassist Rufus Reid will visit Oberlin next week, March 8 – 10, to work with students on several aspects of their musicianship. He "can wear many hats," says Peter Dominguez, professor of jazz studies and double bass, and will teach composition workshops, master classes, and perform with the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble.
The Jazz Studies Department is wrapping up one of its busiest semesters to date - eight jazz icons and legends, from Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner to Herbie Hancock and Kurt Rosenwinkel, visited Oberlin to teach and perform between February and April of this year. But, says Director Bobby Ferrazza, "it's been going on as long as the Jazz Department has been in existence."
Kevin Johnson conducts an in-depth interview with Dominguez, who shares insight about his musical upbringing and his long and varied career. He also relays some fascinating stories "from the road."
Robin Eubanks (left) and Sean Jones, new professors at the Oberlin Conservatory.
Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull is pleased to announce the appointment of two top jazz artists to Oberlin’s Jazz Studies Department. Robin Eubanks, Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone, will expand his current position to include Jazz Composition, and Sean Jones will join the faculty part time as Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet.
Cleveland Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder reviews the sold-out Oberlin performance by Eperanza Spalding, the first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for best new artist. Soeder states "Spalding’s magical concert proved that the honor was richly deserved."
The Plain Dealer’s Zachary Lewis profiles Professor of African American Studies and Chair of the Jazz Studies Program Wendell Logan, calling him “one of the most distinguished men in Northeast Ohio.”
The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, new home of the Jazz Studies Department, at dusk.
Jazz at Oberlin gets a sleek new makeover May 30th and April 1st, 2010, with music legend Stevie Wonder, philanthropists and educational activists Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby, actor Avery Brooks '70, and author James McBride '79. Wonder, Cosby, Brooks, and McBride will join the Oberlin community for the grand opening of the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music's new home for jazz studies, music history, and music theory, which will feature a dedication ceremony, performances, building tours, a panel discussion, and screening of jazz films.