Chicago Jazz Showcase and Album Release

On Tuesday, April 29, a sampling of Western Michigan University's best Jazz groups will be performing two shows in Chicago's Jazz Showcase at 8 and 10 p.m. The Western Jazz Quartet will release their new album, Free Fall, and The Jazz Orchestra releases Travel Notes - both released by BluJazz label. Travel Notes is also the first collegiate release by the label.

Located just south of the Loop, The Jazz Showcase is the oldest jazz club in Chicago and has hosted such industry titans as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Count Basie. 

The Jazz Studies Program at WMU has gained international recognition for its innovative approach to jazz education. Graduates of the program are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education. The WMU Jazz Studies Program has amassed over 150 DownBeat Student Music Awards in nearly every category, ranking it among the top 3 programs nationally.


The featured artists include:

The Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tom Knific, has performed with John Clayton, The New York Voices, Alon Yavnai, and Tim Hagans. The set will include music written for them by Clayton and others.

The Western Jazz Quartet features faculty members Andrew Rathbun, saxophone; Jeremy Siskind, piano; Tom Knific, bass; and Keith Hall, drums. The group has been featured on five continents, and has performed, toured, and recorded with artists such as Randy Brecker, Art Farmer, Stefon Harris, Kenny Werner, Billy Hart, Mark Murphy, Dave Liebman, Janis Siegel, and Bobby McFerrin.

For ticket information, please visit The Jazz Showcase website. Learn more about the WMU Jazz Studies Program here.