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WSU brings home Lionel Hampton awards
February 28, 2005

Washington State University received the lion’s share of awards on “College Day” at the 2005 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held at the University of Idaho on Feb. 24. The outstanding college instrumental soloist award winners include Matt Reid on trumpet, David Snider, bass, and Kristen DuChateau, piano. Snider was also selected the winner of the instrumental creative composition competition. Additionally, the WSU Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Greg Yasinitsky, was selected the runner-up in the guest college band division.WSU received more awards than any other college or university participating on College Day. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the largest events … » More …

Festival to feature trumpeter
October 11, 2004

Wednesday, November 3rd, the 2004 Washington State University Jazz Festival will be presented on the WSU Campus. The Festival will include a concert by Jazz Northwest, the WSU faculty group, from 12:00-12:30 pm followed by a gala concert from 12:30 to 1:30 pm featuring guest trumpet artist Tim Acosta and the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky. WSU jazz faculty members will also be featured. Both concerts will be in Bryan Hall Theatre and will be free of charge.WSU’s special guest for the festival is the jazz trumpeter Tim Acosta. Tim has appeared with many jazz luminaries including Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, … » More …

Summer jazz on the mall plus a free movie at the CUB
July 12, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Campus Involvement will present Music on the Mall with Jazz Night from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, on Glenn Terrell Mall. Jazz Night, a musical experience fusing together favorites of many eras of music, is influenced by the sounds of James Brown, Herbie Hancock and the jazz styling of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrain and Joe Henderson.“Starsky and Hutch,” a comedy starring Ben Stiller, will be shown at 5: 30 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 13 in the Compton Union Building auditorium. Admission is free.(Photo: New and original Starsky and Hutch, (l-r) Ben Stiller, David Soul, … » More …

Music feeds the soul of IT guys who jam at noon
January 9, 2004

Walk through most WSU buildings at noon and you’re sure to find empty offices or employees doing lunch at their desks. But stroll through Information Technology and you might think you wandered into Kimbrough by mistake.You didn’t. The live jazz and blues music you’re likely to encounter is produced by Ken Clark, graphic lab manager, playing guitar; Rick Wegner, network manager, on bass; and Geoff Allen, computer assistant administrator, on saxophone.“It’s a nice way to spend lunch,” Clark said recently. “It’s something we’ve been doing for fun.”About 18 months ago, Clark wanted someone to play blues with him at work. When he asked Allen, all … » More …

High-energy band blends blues, funk, jazz
June 17, 2003

Musician Jude Bowerman will bring his high-energy act to the Washington State University campus on June 25 to highlight the release of his new album “Life Goes On.” The performance will be from noon-1 p.m. on Glenn Terrell Mall. Bowerman covers a variety of musical styles that blend blues, funk jazz and rock into a high energy, groove-based sound, say critics. He and his award-winning band have shared a stage with the likes of Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Melvin Seals, George Thorogood and more. His live performances are said to be uplifting, with “non-stop infectious grooves punctuated by a distinctly original tone and firey … » More …

Jazz program shines in Moscow
March 7, 2003

Students of the Jazz Studies Program at WSU walked away big winners from the 2003 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho in Moscow.Results of the College Day competition ended with WSU winning numerous awards including first place prizes for the Jazz Big Band; Anna Webber, flute; Scott Tenhulzen, drums; and Rachel Bade, soprano voice. Spencer Morris won first place in both vocal composition and instrumental composition.“These awards are a tribute to our excellent students and my superb colleagues teaching in Jazz Studies at WSU,” said Greg Yasinitsky, coordinator of jazz studies at WSU.The first Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of … » More …

Jon Pugh featured at 2002 Jazz Festival
November 1, 2002

The 2002 Washington State University Jazz Festival will be presented in the Kimbrough Music Building on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The gala concert highlighting this event will be at noon in Bryan Hall Theatre, featuring guest cornetist Jon Pugh and the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band, directed by Greg Yasinitsky. Performing jazz faculty members will include Charles Argersinger, piano; Horace-Alexander Young, saxophone; Geof Bradfield, saxophone; David Turnbull, trumpet; and David Jarvis, percussion.Pugh is noted as a tremendous improviser best known for his long association with saxophonist Don Lanphere. Pugh performs widely and is featured on several acclaimed CDs. The program will include Yasinitsky’s arrangement of Irving … » More …

Jazz concert features VOJAZZ, Jazz Big Band
October 3, 2002

The Washington State University Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ vocal jazz ensemble will perform in concert 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Kimbrough Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.The program will open with VOJAZZ with their new director Jennifer Scovell. Scovell is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she was an assistant director of the famed Gold Company jazz choir. She is featured as a soloist on recordings released by the Hal Leonard publishing company and has performed extensively throughout the Midwest.VOJAZZ will perform “What a Little Moonlight can Do,” “Joy,” “Twinkle, Twinkle.” and the Gershwin classic “Summertime.” Soloists … » More …

Touring ensemble will appear in Pullman July 17
July 8, 2002

A Holland jazz ensemble that combines the musical cultures of Indonesia, the United States, and the Netherlands will appear July 17 at Washington State University.Luluk Purwanto and the Helsdingen Trio are touring the United States this summer and fall. They will perform at WSU at noon on the Glenn Terrell Mall, and they will perform at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdy, July 17, in Pullman’s Sunnyside Park. Both performances are free to the public.Purwanto, who was born in Indonesia, performs on the violin and sings in a manner that reflects her Indonesian culture. René van Helsdingen, Purwanto’s husband, plays the piano. The other two group members are … » More …