donald mckinney conducting

Faculty member, two alumni nominated for 2019 Grammy Awards

Dec. 7, 2018

Director of Bands Donald McKinney, jazz alumna Tia Fuller and opera alumnus Wei Wu were all on the list of the 2019 Grammy Award nominees.

Jazz Ensemble

A little jazz for everyone

Sept. 28, 2018

Love jazz music? New to jazz music? There is something for everyone as the Thompson Jazz Studies Program takes the stage on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Faculty saxophone practice

Preview: Faculty Tuesdays: CU Bernstein at 100 with the Jazz Faculty

Sept. 7, 2018

The concert is Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and features all the members of the Thompson Jazz Studies faculty.

leonard bernstein composing

College collaborates to present CU Bernstein at 100

Aug. 22, 2018

CU’s contribution to the worldwide celebration of the composer will feature concerts from all corners of the college and culminate with Eklund Opera’s “West Side Story.”

doug walter playing vibes

Preview: Faculty Tuesday with Douglas Walter

March 27, 2018

The concert is Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. and marks the culmination of the Faculty Tuesday series for this year.

jazz band on stage in the 1970s

The humble beginnings of jazz at CU Boulder

Dec. 6, 2017

With renowned faculty, award-winning student ensembles and trailblazing alumni performing weekly throughout the jazz clubs of Denver and Boulder, the Thompson Jazz Studies Program is firmly on the front lines of jazz along the Front Range. But that wasn’t always the case...

jazz students on stage in grusin hall

First jazz big band concert puts original works and classics in the spotlight

Oct. 9, 2017

The first big band concert of the season for the Thompson Jazz Studies Program will feature a couple of familiar faces in new roles—along with new twists on old, familiar tunes.

jazz students perform

Summer Jazz Academy hosts violinist during sixth year

June 20, 2017

Now in its sixth year, the Summer Jazz Academy this summer brings in Christian Howes, a guest artist who might be considered unconventional.

jazz ensemble on stage

Concert Jazz Ensemble prepares for trip to Costa Rica

March 21, 2017

This year over Spring Break, the students and faculty of the Thompson Jazz Studies Program will give whole new meaning to the idea of taking their show on the road.

jazz students on stage

Thompson Jazz Studies hosts Mile High Jazz Festival

Feb. 6, 2017

It’s been a Colorado tradition for more than 50 years and this year, it’s coming to Macky Auditorium. The Thompson Jazz Studies Program is getting ready for the 53rd Mile High Jazz Festival on Feb. 15-17.

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