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

 Jeff Grassl Group

  • Tuesday, January 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

 Joe Miller Quartet

  • Tuesday, February 1, 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

University Jazz Lab Band Directed by Prof. John Hébert 

John Hébert's Gumbo

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

Biggs Schmidt-Swartz Duo

Saxophone and Live Electronics with Dr. Christopher Biggs and Ben Schmidt-Swartz

  • Thursday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission

Stephan Crump, bass

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated, Echo Award-winning bassist/composer
https://www.stephancrump.com/

  • Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Lecture Hall
  • Free Admission

40th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival
Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5

With special guest Helen Sung 

Acclaimed pianist/composer and newly named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow. www.HelenSung.com

Western Jazz Collective with Helen Sung

University Jazz Orchestra with Helen Sung

Bertolini, Hébert and Miller

  • Tuesday, March 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - jam session to follow
  • Dormouse Theater, 1030 Portage St. #3008, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • Free Admission

David Berkman, piano

  • With Andrew Rathbun-sax, John Hébert-bass and Keith Hall-drums
  • Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Lecture Hall
  • Free Admission

WMU Drum Choir Directed by Keith Hall

  • Monday, March 21, 5:00 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission

GC 44: Songbirds in Spring
Gold Company Directed by Greg Jasperse
GC II Directed by Liz Townsend

With special guest Rosana Eckert

Internationally recognized live and studio vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and jazz educator. www.rosanaeckert.com

  • Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 26, 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Tickets $15 (Seniors/Students $5), available at https://wmumusic.ludus.com/index.php or at the door.

41st Annual Gold Company Vocal Jazz Festival
With special guest Rosana Eckert

  • Saturday, March 26, All-Day
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission

University Jazz Lab Band Directed by John Hébert and University Jazz Orchestra Directed by Scott Cowan
With special guests Afrohorn

Led by drummer/composer Francisco Mora-Catlett and inspired by Afro-Cuban music and Sun Ra's Arkestra.
http://franciscomoracatlett.com/afrohorn_project

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

GC II Directed by Liz Townsend

  • Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission

WMU Jazz Combo Showcase Directed by Keith Hall, Matthew Fries, John Hébert, Matt Landon and Scott Cowan

  • Monday, April 11, 5:00 p.m.
  • Dalton Center Recital Hall
  • Free Admission