Local music industry fuels expansion of jazz at Blair

Ryan Middagh and Jeff Coffin
Ryan Middagh, director of jazz studies at Blair, left, and Jeff Coffin, instructor in jazz saxophone, play with the Blair Big Band. Photo by John Russell

Nashville’s moniker “Music City” accurately reflects the proliferation of stellar musicians in town who play all types of music. At Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Ryan Middagh, director of Blair’s jazz studies program, is taking advantage of Nashville’s place at the center of the music industry, using his ties to local musicians to push the quality of Blair’s program forward.



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