Calendar

There is always something going on in the Western Michigan University Jazz Program – from student concerts to faculty performances and guest artists. 

Upcoming Events

 Western Jazz Collective

  • Tuesday, September 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

Lauren Elliott Quartet

  • Tuesday, September 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

Kyle Burgess Quartet

  • Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

University Jazz Orchestra Directed by Dr. Scott Cowan

  • Celebrating the works of Jazz Masters Thad Jones and Bob Brookmeyer.
  • Thursday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10 (Seniors/Students $5), available at https://wmumusic.ludus.com/index.php or at the door.

University Jazz Lab Band Directed by Prof. John Hébert 

  • Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission

Josiah DeNooyer Quartet

  • Tuesday, October 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

Faith Quashie Group

  • Tuesday, October 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

Gabe Bertolini Group

  • Tuesday, October 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

Bullock Series

Nodes Project

  • A new collective project with Dr. Christopher Biggs-live electronics, Dr. Andrew Rathbun-saxophone and electronics, John Hébert-bass and electronics and Keith Hall-drums. Featuring the music of Biggs, Rathbun and Dr. Lisa Coons
  • Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Tickets $15 (Seniors $12/Students $5), available at https://wmumusic.ludus.com/index.php or at the door. (free for WMU Music students with BPI pass)

Gold Company and GC II Sneak Preview Directed by Greg Jasperse and Liz Townsend

WMU Jazz Masters Series

säje

  • Grammy-nominated vocal jazz supergroup säje is comprised of Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, Erin Bentlage and WMU alum Johnaye Kendrick. They perform compelling original material and reimagined arrangements which cross a number of styles. https://sajevoices.com/
  • Friday, November 5, 8:00 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Tickets $15 (Seniors $8, Students $5) available at https://wmumusic.ludus.com/index.php or at the door.

Big Band Swing!

University Jazz Orchestra Directed by Dr. Scott Cowan

University Jazz Lab Band Directed by Prof. John Hébert 

Jazz Combo Showcase

  • Featuring 9 Student Combos
  • Monday, November 29, 6:00 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission

Bullock Series 

Western Jazz Collective

  • Tribute to Our Heroes - featuring the music of Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, Ed Thigpen, Donald Brown, Lee Morgan, and Charles Mingus.
  • Wednesday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Tickets $15 (Seniors $12/Students $5), available at https://wmumusic.ludus.com/index.php or at the door. (free for WMU Music students with BPI pass)

Western Jazz Collective
Special guest Tim Hagans

  • Featuring compositions by three-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans and selections from Andrew Rathbun's Character Study album
  • Thursday, December 2
  • Blue Llama, 314 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 4810 https://www.bluellamaclub.com/events/

Advanced Jazz Ensemble Directed by Dr. Andrew Rathbun
Special guest Tim Hagans

Western Jazz Collective
Special guest Tim Hagans

  • Featuring compositions by three-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans and selections from Andrew Rathbun's Character Study album
  • Saturday, December 4 
  • Cliff Bell's 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 https://cliffbells.com/shows/

Western Jazz Collective
Special guest Tim Hagans

  • Featuring compositions by three-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter Tim Hagans and selections from Andrew Rathbun's Character Study album
  • Sunday, December 5, 8:00 p.m.
  • Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo MI, 49007
  • Tickets at the door $16