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Jazz great Paquito D'Rivera to give master class at CU-Boulder Feb. 26

Jazz great Paquito D'Rivera to give master class at CU-Boulder Feb. 26

February 24, 2015

International jazz star and composer Paquito D’Rivera will conduct a master class at CU-Boulder Feb. 26.

He also will perform a benefit concert with College of Music students Feb. 27 in Golden.   

Jazz legend Rufus Reid at CU-Boulder Feb. 16-18, 2015

Jazz legend Rufus Reid to give free performance, master classes at CU-Boulder Feb. 16-18

February 11, 2015

Jazz legend Rufus Reid will come to CU-Boulder for a three-day residency with the Thompson Jazz Studies program Feb. 16-18, including a free public performance and master classes.   

Medeski, Martin & Wood and Alarm Will Sound set for 'ultimate jam' at CU-Boulder Feb. 6

Medeski, Martin & Wood and Alarm Will Sound set for 'ultimate jam' at CU-Boulder Feb. 6

January 28, 2015

Think of it as a meeting of the groove-minded when the versatile chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound joins avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood Feb. 6 at Macky Auditorium for “the ultimate jam.” 

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CU-Boulder College of Music vocal jazz ensemble opens 2015 Colorado legislative section

January 12, 2015

Table for Five, a student vocal jazz ensemble at the CU-Boulder College of Music, performed in the balcony in the House of Representatives chambers on Jan. 7 to open the 2015 session of the Colorado Legislature.

Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) said she was "thrilled that CU-Boulder was able to participate in the opening ceremonies."

CU-Boulder jazz ensemble to swing Ellington's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 11 at Dazzle Jazz

CU-Boulder jazz ensemble to swing Ellington-Strayhorn 'Nutcracker' Dec. 11 at Dazzle Jazz

December 9, 2014

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, which premiered the week before Christmas in 1892, is among the most iconic works of art associated with the holiday.

First recorded in 1960, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's jazz interpretation takes the Russian composer's classic, amps the tempo and makes it swing

Saxophonist and composer Greg Osby will be artist-in-residence at CU-Boulder Oct. 29-31

Saxophonist and composer Greg Osby will be artist-in-residence Oct. 29-31

October 13, 2014

Saxophonist and composer Greg Osby will be artist-in-residence at the CU-Boulder College of Music Thompson Jazz Studies Program Oct. 29-31. The residency will feature a public performance with students at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in Grusin Music Hall.

For new CU-Boulder music faculty, Boulder hard to beat

For new faculty, engaged students, talented colleagues and Buff spirit make Boulder hard to beat

October 6, 2014

They come from diverse backgrounds and have worked all over the world, from Santa Fe to Salzburg, New York to northern Iowa. But all four new full-time faculty members at the College of Music agree: Boulder is hard to beat.

Revealed: What really happened when Glenn Miller disappeared in 1944

July 8, 2014

D.B. Cooper. Amelia Earhart. Jimmy Hoffa. All prominent Americans whose unexplained disappearances have fascinated and confounded armchair historians and professionals alike—and created fertile ground for all manner of wild explanations and conspiracy theories.

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.

Jack and Jeanne Thompson

CU-Boulder fundraising leaders fund $2 million jazz studies endowment

March 1, 2013

Jeannie and Jack Thompson have made an unprecedented commitment to the Jazz Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder — building $1.6 million in combined gifts to trigger a new $2 million program endowment.

To honor and recognize this transformational gift, the program will be renamed the Thompson Jazz Studies Program, as announced at yesterday’s annual Spring Swing big band concert. It is CU-Boulder’s first named program.

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