IWU Jazz Fest 2021

All the videos are on the IWU School of Music Youtube Channel


FRIDAY, February 5, 2021

(All times are Central)

Join drummer Stockton Helbing has he sheds light on some of the most commonly misunderstood and poorly executed aspects of big band drumming. Whether you are an experienced drummer, new to drumming, or a non-drummer music educator, you will gain helpful insights to elevate your enjoyment of large ensemble jazz and the role of the drum set in that musical setting.  www.stocktonhelbing.com


NYC Bassist/Composer/Educator Jay Anderson will give a bass masterclass.  Jay has played with almost every big band in jazz, including Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis and Maria Schneider and has played on over 400 recordings.  Jay teaches bass at The Manhattan School of Music. www.jayandersonbass.com


4:15 – Trumpeter/Arranger Mike Kamuf will present a trumpet masterclass.  Mike has played with Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey and leads the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band in the DC area.  Mike is an exclusive writer for Belwin Division of Alfred Music Publishing with titles in Jazz, String Orchestra and Concert Band.  www.mikekamuf.com


Recording Jazz – Glenn Wilson will lead a panel discussion featuring Jay Anderson who runs Mountain West studio in New York and has recorded over 30 jazz albums as well as other projects and Stockton Helbing, whose label, Armored Records has over 50 releases in the catalog.  Bring your questions.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Don’t Get Sassy with Harold Danko.  World-renowned jazz pianist Harold Danko will use Thad Jones Don’t Get Sassy to discuss Playing Piano in a Big Band.  Harold played with Woody Herman and was featured with Thad-Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra for many years and worked with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz.  Harold was Director of Jazz Studies at Eastman School of Music for 11 years https://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/danko_harold/


Dr. Kent Englehardt, Saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Youngstown State University will present “Learning and Practicing the Basics of Jazz Harmony” for students of middle school age through teachers of any age.  The materials and processes can be used in self teaching, private lessons, group lessons, jazz ensemble rehearsal, or concert band rehearsal.  Handouts will be provided in pdf format.  https://ysu.edu/directory/people/kent-engelhardt


Rhythm For All Instruments – NYC Guitarist Rory Stuart  – Rhythm is perhaps the most important thing to get right in order to play well in many styles (including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, etc…), yet it is the area that is least well addressed by most music programs.  Rory designed and has taught the world-renowned rhythm program at New School University, which has produced many of the leading music stars today, and is the author of The Rhythm Book (therhythmbooks.com), a 6-book series that is the only book series of its kind on rhythm, and is now used around the world. In this clinic, Rory will introduce concepts and practices of great value to musicians on all instruments.  www.rorystuart.com


Jonathon Breen – The Music Shoppe – “Helping Budding Musicians Find Their Musical Voice Through Better Equipment”


Mike Kamuf  will present an arranging clinic and discuss choosing good jazz lit for school groups.  Mike is an exclusive writer for Belwin Division of Alfred Music Publishing with titles in Jazz, String Orchestra and Concert Band.  www.mikekamuf.com


Rory StuartGuitar Tips for Jazz and Big Band  – The young guitarist is faced with many challenging tasks and areas to master in order to play jazz and function in a big band.  Rory will outline areas for study and address common issues (“how should I comp when there is also a pianist in the band who is comping?”).  Please come with your questions.  www.rorystuart.com


4:00Jazz in College 101Glenn Wilson will lead a panel discussion featuring University of Illinois Director of Jazz Studies Chip McNeill and Youngstown State University Director of Jazz Studies Dr. Kent Engelhardt – what are jazz programs looking for in incoming freshmen?

4:45 – World-renowned classical and jazz trombonist and University of Illinois professor Jim Pugh will present a trombone workshop.  Jim has performed with Chick Corea, Woody Herman, Steely Dan and thousands of other groups.  www.jimpugh.net


6:00 – Happy Hour – join Glenn and anyone else who wants to attend to discuss jazz

46th Annual IWU Jazz Festival is made possible with support from

Questions? Contact Glenn Wilson (IWU Jazz Director)gwilson@iwu.edu



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