John Hébert Joins Western Michigan University Staff

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Bassist and composer John Hébert has joined the jazz faculty at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo as a full-time professor. Hébert, one of the leading jazz bassists of our time, has traveled the world working alongside artists such as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, David Liebman, Bill Stewart, Maria Schneider and has been a member of the Fred Hersch Trio for more than a decade.

Hébert will be teaching bass, coaching combos, teaching jazz improvisation and jazz theory courses. He will be performing with and teaching alongside a stellar faculty which includes Greg Jasperse (vocals), Scott Cowan (trumpet), Andrew Rathbun (saxophones), Matthew Fries (piano), Keith Hall (drums), along with new adjunct guitar professor Matt Landon.

“Hébert brings a high visibility, international recording and performance resume to our already nationally recognized jazz program,” says Scott Cowan, chair of the Jazz Department. “John’s wealth of knowledge and contagious energy has been a flash point in a new era of jazz performance and education at WMU. His recent membership in our newly formed faculty jazz ensemble, The Western Jazz Collective, has super-charged our faculty and students alike. We look forward to a significant expansion in the depth and breadth of our program with John’s contributions.”

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