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, four 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 2019-20 includes:
Tanya Darby | October 7-13, 2019
Tanya Darby’s skill as a trumpeter keeps her in demand. She has been a member of many jazz orchestras and big bands, toured with Dianne Reeves, Clark Terry, Gladys Knight and more, and performed with Aretha Franklin on NBC. She performs regularly and chairs the brass area at Berklee College of Music. more
Kenny Washington | December 2-8, 2019
Drummer Kenny Washington was a young hard-bop revivalist in the late 1970s, and since then he has built an impressive discography as a prolific freelancer and session player. Brooklyn born, he brings a tremendous knowledge of jazz history, some from his personal experience playing with legends like Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry. more
Bruce Barth | February 3-9, 2020
Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has performed with revered jazz masters and collaborated with leading musicians for over 30 years, appearing on over 125 recordings and movie soundtracks. His recordings display his powerfully fluent piano playing and demonstrate the scope of his compositions and imaginative arrangements of jazz standards. more
Terell Stafford | March 23-29, 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. more