Featured Guest Artist: Terell Stafford
Clinic: Saturday, January 20, 12:30 pm
University of Oregon | School of Music | Beall Hall
Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.
Since the mid-1990’s, Stafford has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Kenny Barron Quintet, Frank Wess Quintet, Jimmy Heath Quintet and Big Band, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. Stafford with the HamiltonClayton Jazz Orchestra, performed on Diana Krall’s GRAMMY nominated From this Moment On (2006). John Clayton invited Stafford to perform with the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Stafford is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and they were awarded a GRAMMY in 2009 for Best Large Ensemble, Live at the Village Vanguard. Stafford can be heard on over 130 albums of which his latest recording has been hailed as “the first must have album of 2011” and “genius”, This Side of Strayhorn.
Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader and has received countless award nominations and accolades. Terell Stafford was born in Miami and raised in Chicago, Illinois and Silver Spring, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1988 and a Masters of Music from Rutgers University in 1993.
2017 Oregon Jazz Festival Clinicians
Dan Gailey, saxophonist and composer/arranger is in his 25th year as the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I, teaches courses in jazz composition and arranging, produces the annual KU Jazz Festival, and is director of the KU Jazz Workshop. He is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, an annual award which identifies an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 19 DownBeat Student Music Awards.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. His compositions can be heard on numerous professional and college big band albums and are published exclusively through UNC Jazz Press. What Did You Dream?, his debut CD with the Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra, was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions. The CD spent almost 2 years on the JazzWeek Radio Airplay charts and received very favorable reviews from JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Cadence magazines, among others.
Ron Bertucci, (trombonist, conductor and music educator), founding co-director of the Oregon Jazz Festival, is now “retired” from his full time duties as Director of Instrumental Music & Jazz Studies at Lane Community College. Ron taught at LCC from 1992 through 2015 and he continues to be active as the instructor of Trombone & Euphonium and as a Jazz Combo coach at Lane. Throughout his tenure at Lane he directed the Lane Chamber Orchestra, Lane Symphonic Band, Lane Jazz Ensemble and Lane Jazz Combos. He also taught classes in Sight Reading-Ear Training, Music Fundamentals and Jazz Improvisation and served as Lead Facutly for Music.
Ron studied at the University of Oregon completing a Bachelors in Music Education in 1980 and a MM in Music Education in 1984. He was director of bands and orchestra and head of the Fine Arts department at North Eugene High School (1981-1992) before moving to Lane and he continues to be very active as a clinician and guest conductor for high school/middle school bands, jazz and orchestra festivals and events.
A trombonist, Ron has enjoyed playing in a number of professional ensembles and is increasingly active as a jazz player collaborating regularly with Lane Faculty; Dave Bender, Olem Alves, Nathan Waddell and others and performs monthly in a jazz trio with Olem Alves and various local bassists. Ron has performed as Principal Trombone with the Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, Eugene Concert Orchestra, as well as performing with the Oregon Bach Festival and The Oregon Festival of American Music under the direction of Marin Alsop. Ron joined the Eugene Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trombone in 1979. His 37-year tenure with the orchestra is the longest of any brass player in the orchestra’s history. Just last month he announced his retirement from the orchestra but Ron remains and active freelance musician and maintains an active trombone studio.
“I am excited that the Oregon Jazz Festival continues to grow and develop under the direction of Steve Owen and Paul Krueger and am delighted to remain connected to this wonderful educational jazz event."
Composer and jazz pianist James Miley is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Willamette University.
He was awarded the prestigious IAJE/ASCAP Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition in 2004, was a featured composer at the inaugural International Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, FL, in March 2006, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer with After the Water, the Clouds (2006), premiered by the James Logan Wind Symphony under the direction of Ramiro Barrera on May 29, 2006. His catalog of compositions and arrangements is available through Walrus Music and UNC Jazz Press.
Recent recordings include Dan Cavanagh's Jazz Emporium Big Band's Pulse (OA2 Records, 2008) and Altered's Angular (House of Drumming, 2008), along with upcoming releases by the jazz collective BUG (with saxophonist Peter Epstein) and classical trumpet virtuoso John Adler, both available on Seattle's highly acclaimed Origin Records. Dr. Miley's teaching and research interests include compositions, improvisation, orchestration and arranging, aesthetics, popular music history and creative applications of technology in music.
Sean Peterson is a bassist and composer based in Eugene, Oregon. He performs in genres including Jazz, Baroque, Funk, Gypsy-grass, and Salsa. He recently composed, recorded and mixed his debut CD for jazz sextet, "Let It Show," which was released June 8th, 2015. He performs regularly with Halie Loren, Laura Kemp, Tony Glausi, Torrey Newhart, and Oregon Bach Collegium. Previously he has performed with Eleven Eyes, Taarka, Beta Collide, The Oregon Composers’ Big Band, and The Harry James Orchestra. Sean does it for the love.
Dave Glenn, Director of Jazz Studies and professor of low brass at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA from 1989-2011, received a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Dave Glenn spent 11 years as a professional trombonist in New York City. While there, he played for ten years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and toured extensively with Bill Watrous' Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Diana Ross and Lou Rawls. Dave also subbed on tours with Chuck Mangione, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He was on the Grammy-award winning recording Walk on the Water by the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band. Dave Glenn has also recorded two jazz CDs of his original compositions and arrangements, "Journeys," and "National Pastime," (released in June 2009). He has composed four commissioned works for orchestra, the latest being, "A Valley of Streams," by the Walla Walla Symphony in 2007, and numerous chamber works including "Fireflies," the title piece of a CD by the Free Range Saxophone Quartet (Origin Classical Records) and "Sculpture Garden for Piano Quintet," commissioned by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival in 2009. Dave Glenn is an endorsing artist for Conn/Selmer, a member of American Composers Forum and an Origin Records recording artist.
Bob Washut is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980-2002. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Washut has received numerous commissions from collegiate and high school jazz ensembles, professional jazz artists, and symphony orchestras. Many of his works are published by Kendor Music (Delevan, NY), UNC Jazz Press (Greeley,CO), Walrus Music Publishing/ejazzlines (Saratoga Springs, NY), C.L. Barnhouse (Oskaloosa, IA), Heritage JazzWorks (Lorenz Corp - Dayton, OH), Sierra Music (Liberty Lake, WI) and Really Good Music (Eau Claire, WI). Washut also has served as a jazz composer-in-residence at numerous universities around the country.
During his 22 years as director of the award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, Washut recorded 11 CDs (two of which earned 5-star ratings from DownBeat magazine), toured Europe three times, consistently received "Outstanding Band" recognition at collegiate jazz festivals throughout the Midwest, and was awarded three "Outstanding Performance" citations in DownBeat's Annual Student Music Awards.
He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator nationally, and has conducted all-state jazz bands in 15 states. He is also a jazz pianist who founded the locally popular Latin jazz band, Orquesta Alto Maiz, in 1986, with which he remained for 27 years. Washut recorded and released a jazz trio CD entitled Songbook (with Mark Urness and Kevin Hart) in 1999 and a duo CD (with Chris Merz) entitled Gemini in 2007. With Orquesta Alto Maiz, he recorded 10 CDs and performed nationally and internationally. Washut was inducted into the Des Moines CJC Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Iowa IAJE Hall of Fame in 2003. At UNI he was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2015 and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in 2014. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1996.
Jason Palmer is a drummer, percus- sionist, composer, and educator living in Portland, Oregon. He is nationally active in drum set performance, with appearances at St. Peter’s Church and the Knitting Factory in New York, the Rochester Jazz Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, and the Calgary Jazz Festival. In addition, Jason acts as Department Chair of Music, Dance, and Theater at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus.
Jason received a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies (Magna Cum Laude), as well as a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Region- ally, he has performed as a drummer at The Waterfront Blues Festival, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music. Additionally, in 2011, Jason began his tenure as the drummer with the American Metropole Orchestra.
Upon moving to Portland, in 2011, Jason began playing regularly with the Randy Porter Trio. With this trio, Jason has performed at the Sitka Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Fes- tival, and the Oregon Coast Jazz Party as well as recording the album “Mental Block Party”. His recordings have been reviewed in Cadence, All About Jazz, and the All Music Guide.
Sean Nobel Flannery has been a performer and educator in the Eugene area for 20 years. He has toured extensively as a member of the rock/swing group the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, played as a sideman for salsa band Caliente, Disco revival outfit Satin Love Orchestra, Soul/R&B group The Essentials, spot-on Pink Floyd revival band The Floydian Slips, 70’s soft rockers Candy Apple Blue, and local big bands The Emerald City Jazz Kings and Swing Shift. Sean has performed with contemporary jazz artists such as Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, and Michael Weiss of the Village Vanguard Orchestra, as well as trumpeters Ron Miles and guitarist Ben Monder. He earned his masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance in 2011. He was named outstanding saxophonist at the 2011 Reno Jazz Festival as a member of the Oregon Jazz Ensemble.