The Jazz Studies Program at WMU has gained international recognition for its innovative approach to jazz education. The program attracts undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the United States and worldwide. 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 Masters Series Presents legendary drummer Billy Hart on Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.
Billy Hart has performed with Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, Miles Davis, Stan Getz among others, and has appeared as a sideman on hundreds of recording over the past 50 years. He continues to keep a very busy performance schedule with The Cookers, Quest, the Saxophone Summit and many other contemporary groups. He is also a bandleader and composer who has recorded with his various ensembles including his quartet's most recent release One is the Other on ECM Records.
Mr. Hart began his relationship with WMU over 25 years ago as an Artist-in-Residence and has continued as a vital force in the development and advancement of WMU jazz faculty and students.
This concert will include WMU Jazz students and faculty performing Hart’s original compositions. This is event is not to be missed and advance tickets are recommended.