New faculty: Paul McKee, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies
April 29, 2014
Paul McKee received a BME from the University of Northern Iowa and an MM in composition from the University of Texas at Austin.
In 1984 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings. Over the years McKee has served on the jazz faculty at schools including DePaul University, Youngstown State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Florida State University.
He maintains a busy schedule as a clinician and guest artist, and his arrangements and compositions have been performed and recorded by professional and academic jazz ensembles worldwide.
His recording Gallery was released to critical acclaim and features performances by Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout. He recently appeared on the recording Back When It Was Fun with 7 on 7, a group comprised of musician/educators from colleges across the nation. His other recent recordings include big-band projects by Dan Gailey (University of Kansas) and Steve Owen (University of Oregon).
McKee is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer company and plays King trombones exclusively.
His appointment begins in August 2014.