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Trombonist Roland Barber joins Blair School faculty

Dec. 15, 2016—Trombonist Roland Barber will join the faculty of the Blair School of Music in January 2017 as Adjunct Associate Professor of Trombone and Jazz Studies, teaching trombone, jazz brass and jazz improvisation. One-half of longtime Nashville-based jazz duo The Barber Brothers, Barber has also performed with an impressive and diverse list of artists, including Chaka...

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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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Acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja joins Blair faculty

Nov. 9, 2015—The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja as Associate Professor of Trumpet. He will join the faculty in August 2016. “I’m incredibly excited to join the Blair School of Music,” said Sibaja, “an institution that believes in the future of music, future...

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Master Class: Dave Liebman, saxophone, Feb 5

Dec. 13, 2014—MASTER CLASS Dave Liebman, saxophone Thursday, February 5 2 p.m., Ingram Hall Liebman, once a member of Miles Davis’ band and a formidable performer in his own right, conducts master classes with Blair’s saxophone students. Participation in the class is limited to Blair students by audition, but the public is welcome to attend.

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An exciting evening with Blair’s jazz faculty, March 27

Nov. 17, 2014—FACULTY RECITAL Blair’s Jazz Department Friday, March 27 8 p.m., Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall The Vanderbilt Jazz Faculty — Bruce Dudley, Liz Johnson, Jerry Kimbrough, Ryan Middagh, Derrek Philips and Roger Spencer — will present a diverse recital of music ranging from the Great American Songbook to new compositions and arrangements from the...

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Blair Big Band hosts Jeff Coffin and new Nashville Jazz Composers Collective, April 9

Nov. 15, 2014—TICKETED EVENT Blair Big Band Ryan Middagh, director with Jeff Coffin and introducing The Nashville Jazz Composers Collective Thursday, April 9 8 p.m., Ingram Hall The Blair Big Band closes its concert season with Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator, a member of the Dave Matthews Band and...

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Master class with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, Nov. 7

Nov. 5, 2014—The Blair School is pleased to partner with contemporary art space OZ Nashville to host a master class with acclaimed jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. Iyer performs at OZ Nov. 8-9, and while he’s in town he comes to Blair to conduct a master class with our jazz students. Participation in the class is limited to...

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Nashville Jazz Orchestra celebrates Latin History Month, Oct. 11

Sep. 15, 2014—Nashville Jazz Orchestra Saturday, October 11 8 p.m., Ingram Hall Jim Williamson, director Nashville Jazz Orchestra’s traditional October salute to Latin History Month will be a hot and spicy program of music and dance in tribute to our Latin heritage. Sabor y sabroso! *TICKETED EVENT* Tickets: $20 adults; $15 seniors (65+) and Vanderbilt faculty and...

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Jazz on the Move featuring vocalist Connye Florance, Sept. 14

Aug. 22, 2014—Sunday, September 14 3 p.m., Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall Nashville Jazz Workshop presents this year’s final installment of Jazz on the Move, its popular jazz performance and education series, with lectures and performances that highlight major figures and periods in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world-class...

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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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