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About the Jazz Department

Director of Jazz Studies: Ryan Middagh

The mission of the jazz program at Blair is to foster in our students a solid, working understanding of the fundamentals of improvisational music. 

Participation and opportunities in small ensembles, large ensembles, studio playing, composition, arranging, and teaching allow students to develop a unique, personal and individual musical voice that is influenced by the musical history of primarily North American improvisational music (jazz).

Faculty

Ryan Middagh
Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies; Director of Jazz Studies
Email
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615-343-3109
2130 Blair
Roland Barber
Adjunct Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies
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Jeff Coffin
Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Saxophone
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615-322-4917
2118 Blair
Bruce Dudley
Adjunct Instructor in Jazz Piano
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615-322-4938
2184 Blair
Jerry Kimbrough
Adjunct Associate Professor of Guitar
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615-343-6360
1190 Blair
Derrek C. Phillips
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jazz Drumset
Email
(943) 420-8893
1153 Blair
Roger A. Spencer
Adjunct Artist Teacher of Jazz Ensemble
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(615) 646-6817
1176 Blair
Christina Watson
Adjunct Lecturer in Voice; Director of Blair Jazz Choir
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