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November 11-15, Jazz Artist Residency with trumpeter Terence Blanchard

23 Oct

From November 11-15, our Jazz Artist Residency welcomes renowned trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard.  Blanchard visited MSM once before in February 2000, on the heels of his Wandering Moon album. His quintet’s one-night performance at our jazz festival left our audience stunned and we are thrilled to have him back! This time around, Blanchard has just completed his first opera commission (Champion) and his latest jazz release (Magnetic), showing no signs of slowing down or artistic complacency. For our residency, our students will be the fortunate benefactors of his methods on improvisation, composition and performance.

Click here for the full schedule of activities
The concert will take place Friday, November 15 at 7:30p *

*This is a ticketed event, use promo code “celebrate” for a 10% ticket discount.

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All Jazz Artist Residency events are for the purpose of musical education and are therefore open to the public at no cost, unless otherwise noted. We invite all music educators and students to come take part in an inspirational week of jazz.

2013 Texas Music Festival Jazz Institute takes place June 9-14

8 May

We’re nearly there: summertime. The Moores School of Music summer schedule always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of TMF  is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department will again host our annual  jazz institute for high school students.

The TMF Jazz Institute is a week-long, intensive program for younger players with an interest in learning about and performing jazz music. Students are given the chance to rehearse and workshop with some of the best professional musicians from across Houston culminating in a big band performance under the direction of MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.

In addition to daily rehearsal, our afternoon class schedule includes:

  • Instrumental sectionals with Houston’s top professional jazz players
  • Music theory: the building blocks of music, learning jazz nomenclature, chords and scales
  • Jazz improvisation: applying theory to your instrument, learning basic soloing techniques
  • Masterclass jam sessions where our talented faculty gets a chance to show off their skills in an unrehearsed concert

We are always excited to be able to offer this course each summer.  The TMF Jazz Institute is a great way for any aspiring  young musician to get ahead in their pursuit of a musical career.

For details and application information, click here.

A real live one – The 15th Moores School of Music Annual Jazz Festival

17 Feb
Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff (Photo credit: nadworks)

featuring Lew Soloff

February 22 & 23, 2013

Holy smokes, this is going to be a great one! We are welcoming back the great Lew Soloff to MSM and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Lew gave one of the best performances in the history of our jazz festival the last time he visited in 2004. He is not only a trumpet player of tremendous talent, but also someone who brings some of the best music you will hear performed by a big band. Click here for the write-up by the UH Communication School’s Mike Emery.

Friday evening’s concert will showcase The Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, a big band made up of Texas-based jazz professionals, while Saturday evening’s performance belongs to Lew Soloff with the MSM Jazz Orchestra.* It promises to be an exciting event full of masterful musicianship, education and great jazz. If you are a student, teacher, professional musician or just a jazz fan we guarantee that you will not want to miss this weekend’s activities!

The Moores School of Music Jazz Festival features performances from middle and high schools throughout the day as well as two free clinics with Lew Soloff and the Jazz Orchestra at noon each day. No admission fee is required to observe these school performances or clinics.

*Purchase tickets to all evening events by clicking here, both concerts will start at 7:30p.

Click here for more information on the festival, including schedule, ticket information and details on how your school can participate.

Announcing the Vacek Jazz Artist Residency & its first guest artist, Dan Haerle

23 Oct

We are very excited to announce that the Moores School of Music Jazz Department will initiate a new guest artist-in-residency program this fall! The inaugural Vacek Jazz Artist Residency will welcome Dan Haerle to MSM from November 6-13.

During his week-long residency at MSM, Mr. Haerle will be involved with every facet our jazz department. For several decades, he has been a vital and valuable resource to jazz education and performance; we could not be more thrilled to host him. There is a wonderful interview in two parts by Bret Primack that we highly recommend to get to know Dan Haerle, his history and thoughts on education, performance and being a professional musician.

Concert schedule is as follows:

Saturday, 11/10

10am-12pm
Improvisation clinic with high school students (email if interested)
9pm-12am
Cezanne with Dennis Dotson, David Craig and Joel Fulgham

Tuesday, 11/13

1-2pm
Tuesday recital in Moores Opera House
7:30pm
Moores Opera House with MSM Jazz Ensembles (purchase tickets)

The Vacek Jazz Artist Residency is an ongoing educational component of the MSM Jazz Department that pairs visiting jazz artists and educators with our students for a full week each semester. The goal of this project is to give students a in-depth appreciation for all facets of the jazz tradition from an outside professional. The guest artist not only performs with each ensemble in the jazz department, but also gives lectures, clinics and lessons in improvisation, composition, theory, history and performance, ranging from broad to the very specific issues.

Texas Music Festival Summer Jazz Institute, June 12-17

12 May

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but at the Moores School of Music summer always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of the festival is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department hosts an annual  Jazz Institute for high school students.

The TMF Jazz Institute is a week-long, intensive program for younger players with an interest in learning about and performing jazz music. Students are given the chance to rehearse with some of the best and brightest young performers from across the city in a big band setting under direction by MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.

Afternoon classes include:

  • Instrumental sectionals with some of Houston’s top professional jazz players
  • Music theory: the building blocks of music, learning jazz nomenclature, chords and scales
  • Jazz improvisation: applying theory to your instrument, learning basic soloing techniques
  • Master class jam sessions: our talented faculty gets a chance to show off their skills in an unrehearsed concert

We are always excited to be able to offer this course each summer.  The TMF Jazz Institute is a great way for any aspiring  young musician to get ahead in their pursuit of a musical career. For details and application information, click here.

Recap: 13th Annual Moores School Jazz Festival

3 Mar

The state of Texas is full of vibrant, young talent. Last weekend was a chance to hear students perform from various middle schools and high schools not only from Houston, but also Alvin, Austin, Freeport, Harlingen and Waller. We hope that students and directors alike enjoyed their experience and were able to gain some helpful information from the clinics of Mr. Noe Marmolejo and our panel of judges: Joel Fulgham, Bobby Guess and Dr. Woody Witt. If  you attended the free afternoon master class with trombone great Andy Martin, then you’ll understand why we put this event on each year. The joy and excitement of making music is something that we try and spread throughout the younger jazz community and it’s encouraging to see such a wonderful response from this audience to such a masterful artist as Mr. Martin.

Thanks to all the schools and directors for participating in this year’s festival. We cannot do this without you. We hope to see you all (and many more) next year!

Outstanding High School of the Festival
Katy High School Jazz Band

Outstanding Middle School of the Festival
Lake Olympia Middle School

Outstanding Soloist of the Festival
Paige Fenderson, Seven Lakes High School

Outstanding High School of Friday
Katy High School Jazz Band

Outstanding Middle School of Friday
Freeport Intermediate

Outstanding Soloist of Friday
Paige Fenderson, Seven Lakes High School

Outstanding High School of Saturday
Anderson High School, Austin, TX

Outstanding Middle School of Saturday
Memorial Middle School I, Harlingen, TX

Outstanding Soloist of Saturday
Willie Britten III, Kashmere High School

All-Star Awards

Alvin High School, dir. Ryan Demkovich
Matthew Mondragon
Wyatt Sustaita

Anderson High School, dir. Adam Wiencken
Patrick Brinkman
Rebecca Teng

Hastings High School, dir. Erich Sonnier & Paul Brodt
Jordan Addison
Hope Atina
Kevin Le
Jamill Montoya
Courtland Stewart

Hightower High School, dir. Eduardo Tito Hernandez
Davonte Jackson
Daniel Ward

HSPVA, dir. Warren Sneed
Jalon Archie
Paul Cornish
John Guttman
Jyron Walls

James E. Taylor High School, dir. Bruce Melville
Juan Perez
Daniel Silliman
Thomas Zak

Kashmere High School, dir. Claude Robinson
Willie Britton III
Joshua Stiegall
Justin Williams

Katy High School, dir. Terence Gorton & Andrew Lee
Blake Meynig
Mickey  Angel

Lake Olympia Middle School, dir. Ray Hundl
Erin Kier
Devin Monroe
Steven Taylor

Memorial Middle School, dir. James Keltner & Julissa Garcia
Miguel Aguilar
Stephen Flores
Myles Rosenbaum
Adrian Vitello
Cecilia Pena

Quail Valley Middle School, dir. Kenny Borak
Fabian Romo

Pasadena High School, dir. Jacob Faske
Fernando Zuniga

Seven Lakes High School, dir. Geroge Archer & Jonathan Yoo
Paige Fenderson
Karen Wylie

Spring High School, dir. Joe Clark
Jacob Cullen
Taji Henley
Jonathan Jones
Theo Meadough
Amber Orosco
Austin Weil

Spring Woods High School, dir. Jeffrey Munger
Kierra Dotson

Waltrip High School, dir. Charlie Stephens & Jesse Espinoza
Daniel Covarrubias
Mike Pyankovsky
Harold Sedano
Greg Vega

New course: Listening to Jazz

28 Jul

We are pleased to announce the offering of a jazz elective for the 2010 fall semester: Listening to Jazz. The elective is for non-music majors, which means that any student on campus may take this course to earn a fine arts credit necessary to graduate. Better yet, there is no additional music fee to enroll!

The class will cover the history of jazz music in the United States and will serve as an introduction and appreciation course for those new to jazz music. Students will be expected to analyze listening assignments, identify major figures and movements within the jazz idiom, and write two separate 3-4 papers on a classic jazz recording and live performance. The class number is MUSI 2302 and will meet 9-10 MWF.

Please help to spread the word about Listening to Jazz, as we feel it will be an exciting and enthralling course for any student to take!

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