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Bassist Felix Pastorius joins Blair Big Band and Jazz Choir, Dec. 3-4

Dec. 2, 2015—Felix Pastorius, acclaimed jazz bassist, member of the Yellowjackets and Hipster Assassins and son of late jazz legend Jaco Pastorius, will perform with the Blair Big Band and Blair Jazz Choir on their season-ending concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Ingram Hall. Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, the newest member of Blair’s jazz faculty, will also perform....

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Blair precollege, adult and undergraduate students learn from each other

Jun. 30, 2015—  Most undergraduate students don’t have much contact with younger or older learners during their college years. They inhabit a sort of educational island populated exclusively by 18- to 22-year-olds. Not so at Blair, where undergrads share space daily with music students of all ages. “We don’t have any walls between our precollege and college programs,”...

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Blair Big Band and Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Dec. 4

Nov. 20, 2014—Thursday, December 4 8 p.m., Ingram Hall TICKETED EVENT Ryan Middagh, director of Blair Big Band Jim Williamson, director of Nashville Jazz Orchestra A winter jazz showcase combining the talents of our own Blair Big Band with resident professional ensemble the Nashville Jazz Orchestra. Warm up the cold nights with some cool, hot jazz! Presented...

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Billy Adair tribute concerts planned

Apr. 7, 2014—On February 18, the Blair School lost our beloved Big Band director and jazz instructor Billy Adair. Adair’s impact and influence on our students, faculty and community can not be overstated. He was mentor and musician, faculty and friend. In celebration of Adair’s life, a special tribute concert has been planned for 2 p.m. Saturday,...

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The Blair School seeks Senior Lecturer in Jazz

Apr. 1, 2014—The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University seeks a full-time senior lecturer in jazz, to begin in Fall 2014. Duties include coordinating the jazz studies area, directing the Big Band, teaching courses in improvisation, jazz chord theory, jazz styles for teacher-education students, and possibly other teaching responsibilities as appropriate. It is expected that this...

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Billy Adair, Blair Big Band director and jazz advocate, dies at 66

Feb. 18, 2014—  February 18, 2014 Media contacts: Kristin Whittlesey (615) 322-7656 kristin.whittlesey@vanderbilt.edu Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS jim.patterson@vanderbilt.edu William “Billy” Adair, a teacher, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and backbone of the jazz program at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, has died. He was 66. Adair, senior lecturer in jazz and director of the Big Band Program at Blair, died...

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