Eastman Journal

Eastman at the Jazz Festival 7: Karl Stabnau

July 19, 2017

Karl Stabnau performing at the Rochester Public Library during Jazz Festival 2016 By Dan Gross Karl Stabnau graduated from Eastman (BM ’11); MM in Music Education with jazz emphasis in December 2013. Among many other things, he is currently the Jazz Director at SUNY Brockport and the college’s music business coordinator. Instead of playing as […]

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Eastman at the Jazz Festival 6: Alexa Tarantino

July 19, 2017

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) ran from June 23 through July 1. Along with musicians from all over the world, Eastman jazz players and composers – faculty members, students, and alumni – contributed the festival. Freelancer Dan Gross has interviewed some of them for Eastman Journal during the the festival. He continues his […]

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A Summer “Ode to Joy”

July 3, 2017

By Kameron Ghanavati Beethoven’s most celebrated work, the finale from his Ninth Symphony, will be performed as part of the annual program of Summer Sings! here at Eastman on Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. It is the first performance in the Eastman “Summer Sings” series of readings of great choral masterworks. […]

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Eastman at the Jazz Festival, Part 5: The Wee Trio’s Dan Loomis and Jared Schonig

June 29, 2017

The Wee Trio: James Westfall, Dan Loomis, Jared Schonig By Dan Gross The Wee Trio is James Westfall (vibes) plus two Eastman alumni: Dan Loomis (bass), and Jared Schonig (drums), and they’re coming to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, following their release of Wee + 3. While it’s mostly just the trio, a few […]

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Eastman at the Jazz Festival 4: Nick Finzer

June 27, 2017

Trombonist and composer Nick Finzer By Dan Gross An award-winning composer, arranger, and trombonist, Eastman alumnus Nick Finzer is bringing the joy and power of Jazz to both traditional fans and the most modern 21st century audiences. He’s on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of Jazz in this age while […]

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Eastman at the Jazz Festival 3: Mike Cottone

June 27, 2017

Trumpeter Mike Cottone By Dan Gross Jazz trumpet player Mike Cottone is a native of Rochester, New York, and attended Eastman and Juilliard. He has performed and recorded with Al Jarreau, Robin Thicke, Neil Diamond, Ruben Blades, Mike Garson, Paul Anka, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and attended the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, led […]

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Eastman at the Jazz Festival: Danny Ziemann

June 26, 2017

Bassist Danny Ziemann Eastman graduate (2012) Danny Ziemann is a rising star bassist, teacher at the Eastman Community School and at SUNY Oswego, and author of The Low Down: A Guide to Creating Jazz Bass Lines. Danny is playing with the Vince Ercolamento Quintet tonight, Monday, June 26, at 6 and 10 p.m. in the […]

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Eastman at the Jazz Festival: Aaron Staebell

June 23, 2017

Aaron Staebell The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) begins today, June 23, and runs through July 1. Along with musicians from all over the world, Eastman jazz players and composers – faculty members, students, and alumni – will be very busy during the festival. Freelancer Dan Gross will be interviewing some of them for […]

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Mastering Music for the Media: An Interview with Beal Institute Director Mark Watters

May 22, 2017

Composer, arranger, and Eastman’s new Beal Institute director Mark Watters By Dan Gross Mark Watters is joining Eastman to lead the new Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media. Watters is a six-time Emmy Award winning composer, conductor and arranger. Mark served as the music director of the Centennial Olympics in 1996, and the […]

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“All Things Must Pass”: The Eastman Chorale, Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and Philharmonia Present Brahms and the Requiem by Duruflé

May 3, 2017

By Erik Elmgren The Eastman Chorale, Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and Eastman Philharmonia present a joint concert this Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The concert will feature two pieces for chorus and orchestra by Brahms, conducted by Professor William Weinert, and the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, conducted by Eastman […]

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