The Michigan State University College of Music has established a jazz studies artist in residence program thanks to an endowment from the MSU Federal Credit Union, the largest-ever investment in the college’s curriculum.
Every academic year, multiple nationally and internationally known jazz artists visit campus for a week-long residency to teach and perform with College of Music students and faculty. During their stay, jazz artists engage the campus community with public concerts and visits to local school systems, including regional tours across the state with MSU Jazz Orchestra I and Jazz Octet I.
The lineup for 2020-21 includes:
Terell Stafford, trumpet | October 6-9, 2020
Acclaimed trumpet player Terell Stafford is recognized as a gifted and versatile musician with an expressive talent heard on over 130 albums. A renowned jazz educator, he 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.
Marion Hayden, bass | November 4–6, 2020
Renowned acoustic bassist and former MSU jazz studies masters student, Hayden’s playing displays openness and mobility, tempered with an unwavering sense of time and a lyrical solo style. A co-founder of the jazz quintet Straight Ahead, a five-woman ensemble, she has recorded with Atlantic Jazz and performed with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Ellis Marsalis, Kirk Lightsey, Martha Reeves, and many other prominent jazz musicians. Hayden has received rave reviews from publications ranging from the Detroit Free Press to the Boston Globe to the New York Times.
Dave Stryker, guitar | December 2–4, 2020
Labeled “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years” by Village Voice, composer and jazz guitarist Dave Stryker has more than 25 individual CDs to his name. One of his most prominent stints was being a member of legendary saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s renowned jazz quintet throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Wycliffe Gordon, jazz trombone | February 4–6, 2021
The 10-time “Trombonoist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association, Gordon has many top honors to his name, including the “Louie Award” which honors his dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong. In addition to being a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gordon leads his own quintent and tours regularly, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. A persuasive and committed music educator, Gordon currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
Charles McPherson, jazz saxophone | March 17–19, 2021
Raised in Detroit, McPherson has amassed a stellar career which began in the 1960s and remains notable throughout today’s jazz scene. As a saxophonist, arranger and composer he stays true to his Be Bop origins but continues to expand upon his musical influcences from his work with Charles Mingus to current day collaborations with Wynton Marsalis. An energetic and wise teacher, McPherson guest mentors at universities all over the world.