Featured Guest Artist: Terell Stafford
Clinic: Saturday, January 20, 12:15 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 is 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 has been named to a coveted Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professorship at KU for 2017-23. Dan is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, presented to an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 25 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I’s 2015 award for Best College Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate Division and their Outstanding Performance Award in the same category in 2017.
As director of KU Jazz Ensemble I, Dan has led performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the 2008 and 2014 Montreux Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, the 2014 Jazz a Vienne Festival in France, the 2017 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. He also directed the band in invited appearances at International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences in New York City, Atlanta and Boston.
The Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra debut CD What Did You Dream? was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions by Dan. 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.
Dan has directed all-state high school jazz ensembles in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, along with the 2015 NAfME All-Northwest Jazz Ensemble and the 1996 National Band Association National High School Ensemble. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (MM) and Pacific Lutheran University (BM).
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 year 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."
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.
Dave Glenn was Director of Jazz Studies and professor of low brass at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington from 1989-2011. He 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 five commissioned works for orchestra, the latest being “Romantic Fantasy on Themes by Mozart” by the Walla Walla Symphony in 2015, 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. Dave Glenn is an endorsing artist for Conn/Selmer, a member of American Composers Forum, an Origin Records recording artist and a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Jazz Education Abroad.
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 work for large jazz ensembles has been commissioned by many of the top university and high school big bands in the nation, most recently for the California All-State Honor Jazz Band, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Las Vegas Academy and the Monterey Next Generation Festival. He has appeared as a guest composer and director at numerous national and international festivals and universities over the past decade, including the Universities of Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon, CSU Northridge, California Institute of the Arts, and the Kathmandu, Sundance (Nepal), Reno, San Joaquin, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. His catalog of compositions and arrangements is available through Walrus Music, Sierra Music and UNC Jazz Press.
Recent recordings include BUG’s The Gadfly (Origin Records, 2009), the Dan Cavanagh/Jazz Emporium Big Band ‘s Pulse (OA2, 2008), classical trumpet virtuoso John Adler's Confronting Inertia (Origin Classical, 2009), and the Hashem Assadullahi Sextet featuring Ron Miles' Pieces (Origin, 2013). Along with composers Fred Sturm and Patty Darling, James curated the Radiohead Jazz Project series in 2011, which culminated in a studio recording by the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble and a premiere live performance of the set by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band in September, 2011.
Dr. Miley holds degrees from Occidental College (B.A., 1989), the University of Arizona (M.Mus., 1994) and the University of Oregon (D.M.A., 1999), in addition to graduate-level coursework at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His principal teachers in composition have included Richard Grayson, Jeff Stolet, Daniel Asia, Robert Kyr and Harold Owen, along with Steve Owen, Gary Versace, David Roitstein and Larry Koonse in Jazz Studies. In addition to directing the Willamette Jazz Collectove, Dr. Miley's teaching and research interests include music theory, composition, improvisation, orchestration and arranging, aesthetics, popular and jazz music history and creative applications of technology in music.
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.