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"He became a mentor to entire generations of musicians, and a lot of us would not have found the music without him," said bassist Rodney Whitaker. "He brought us together.
former member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Sideman for Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
Won the 2008 Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for "Make Someone Happy". "Take Love Easy" debuted at #1 on Billboard's Canadian jazz chart and reached #4 US
Became the youngest instructor at the Berklee College of Music at age 20. First and only jazz artist to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist (2011)
Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and producer, he has toured with jazz greats such as Woody Herman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff, Charlie Haden & Elvin Jones
Youngest-ever musician voted to the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll at age 16. Since age 12, has performed over 500 concerts at prominent venues such as Lincoln Center and the Newport Jazz Festival
Eigsti performed with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck for the first time when he was 12. Brubeck at that time reportedly called Eigsti the most amazing talent he had ever come across
Downbeat Critics Poll “Best Trombone” for four years straight, (2012-2016). 8 time Jazz Journalists Association “Trombonist of the Year”
The New York Times Critics Poll declared him "possibly the most powerful tenor saxophonist of his generation."He has performed and toured with Christian McBride, Jimmy Smith and Dizzy Gillespie
First prize in both the Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition and the Sarah Vaughn International Vocal Competition. Stephen Sondheim cast her in an Encores Special Presentation in 2013
members of the jazz faculty in the Michigan State University College of Music. The group was established in 2000. Its artistic director, Rodney Whitaker, is director of the Jazz Studies program at MSU
The premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, created in 1950 in the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band
He has won every major jazz trumpet contest, including the 2012 National Trumpet Competition-Jazz Division, and was a finalist in the Gentlemen Sing Vocal Jazz Competition (2013)
In 2016, her third album, For One To Love (for Mack Avenue Records), won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine
constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
She has thirteen albums, four Grammy nominations, and a recent self-produced holiday album that won four stars from Downbeat.
17-piece premiere jazz ensemble is Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country
award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and educator, that has worked with Dave Brubeck, Clarke Terry, Kenny Baron, Jon Faddis, Eddie Daniels and Benny Golson
a Jazz Studies alumnus of both MSU and Juilliard. He was awarded the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album as a member of guitarist Pat Metheny’s Unity Band.
accomplished educator, composer & performer of jazz & classical music. He has performed/collaborated with Wynton Marsalis & Bela Fleck, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Julliard