Eastman Journal

“Orpheus’s Journey” at the Memorial Art Gallery

September 20, 2017

By Myles Boothroyd Straight from the pages of Greek mythology, Orpheus was a poet and prophet whose musical talents were said to charm all living things—and, according to some legends, even inanimate objects. It is only fitting that such a character would work its way into the title of the upcoming Third Thursday concert, which […]


TableTop Opera Brings Music and Politics to the Table: Eastman at the Rochester Fringe Festival, Part II

September 19, 2017

By Dan Gross TableTopOpera performs Within The Quota, a musical exploration of a young Cole Porter’s “protest ballet” about the United States’ “Emergency Quota Act” of 1921. TableTop’s unique multimedia format will be showcased in Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House during the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. […]


Your Tuesday briefing: Don’t miss Eastman’s free organ concerts

September 18, 2017

By Myles Boothroyd If your typical lunch break includes a sandwich at your desk, a trip down to the local coffee shop, or a half hour with your favorite book, you might consider adding something else to your agenda: a free pipe organ concert featuring some of the best performers around. Every Tuesday, students and […]


Colliding, Creative Musical Worlds: Eastman at the Fringe Festival, Part I

September 15, 2017

By Dan Gross Dave Rivello – Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at Eastman – is back at it again, doing another collaborative project for the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, this time with local musician Shawn Drogan. “Worlds Collide” takes place Saturday, September 16 in Kilbourn Hall for two sets, at 7 […]


Eastman Jazz Sextet in Japan: Part 2

September 1, 2017

By Chase Ellison Late in August, the members of the Eastman Jazz Sextet (Christian Crawford, trumpet; C.J. Ziarniak, saxophone; Luke Norris, saxophone; Sterling Cozza, piano; Ryder Eaton, bass; and Chase Ellison, drums) left for Japan with Eastman professor Jeff Campbell, for a series of university workshops and performances culminating in concerts on September 1 and […]


The Eastman Jazz Sextet in Japan: Part 1

August 30, 2017

The Eastman Jazz Sextet has arrived in Japan! As the first stop on its journey, the members of the sextet — Christian Crawford, trumpet; C.J. Ziarniak, saxophone; Luke Norris, saxophone; Sterling Cozza, piano; Ryder Eaton, bass; and Chase Ellison, drums, led by Professor Jeff Campbell – did a workshop and concert at Shobi University’s Kunitachi […]


Eastman’s Jazz Ambassadors to Japan

August 24, 2017

By Dan Gross The Eastman Jazz Sextet left today (Thursday, August 24) at 2 p.m. to go around the world. Current students and recent graduates — Christian Crawford, trumpet; C.J. Ziarniak, saxophone; Luke Norris, saxophone; Sterling Cozza, piano; Ryder Eaton, bass; and Chase Ellison, drums — have gathered under the watchful eye of Professor Jeff […]


Summer by the Numbers: Summer at Eastman 2017

August 9, 2017

Participants in the 2017 Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute. Photo: Sylvie Beaudette by Andrea Schuler, Summer at Eastman Program Coordinator The 40 days of Summer at Eastman 2017 were a whirlwind of music, study and fun! Here are some numerical highlights of the season: Summer students came to Eastman from 35 states (plus Washington, DC) and […]


Embracing Innovation and Honoring Tradition: the 2017 Eastman Music Leadership Conference

August 4, 2017

Music schools and conservatories face constant challenges, from attracting students across the world, to offering relevant curricula, to seeking out funding to support their endeavors. Participants from around the country gathered for the Eastman Leadership Conference on June 21 – 24, 2017. Outstanding presentations, interactive work sessions, conversations, and social events highlighted this conference dedicated […]


Contemporary Jazz Pianist: An Interview with Bill Dobbins, Part II

August 2, 2017

By Dan Gross Pianist-composer Bill Dobbins has been an esteemed member of Eastman’s jazz faculty twice: from 1973 to 1994, and again from 2002 to the present. (He spent the intervening years as music director of the West German Radio [WDR] Big Band.) He is now Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, as well […]