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Wally Gator Watson You Will Be Missed

January 16, 2011

Some years ago my students and I traveled to Moscow, Idaho to attend the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. We had worked hard to fund-raise over $15,000 in order to make the long trip from our island in Alaska, and were so excited to be there. We didn’t see many jazz headliners […]

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History and Culture #149;in the Classroom’: Why Performing Charts Well is Simply Not Enough

July 9, 2010

What a joy it is to teach and to play jazz. We perform a music that is full of joy and community

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JAZZed In the Classroom: A Discussion with Terell Stafford

March 18, 2009

Terell Stafford has been hailed as, “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He is known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own. Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. He has […]

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JAZZed In the Classroom

February 6, 2009

Ira Nepus is one of the quiet heroes of today’s jazz world. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Benny Carter, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, and Cab Calloway to name a few. He was one of the founding members of […]

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JAZZed in the Classroom

January 22, 2009

Jeff Munro was my piano teacher’s son, and to me, he was the coolest guy in the world. I was 11, and Jeff was in high school and played in the jazz band. He was way into jazz and began inviting me over to listen to records. I didn’t know much about jazz at the […]

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