The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Jazz & Contemporary Media Faculty Concert

August 7, 2018

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For Media Only: Jessica A. Kaufman (585-274-1057,

The Faculty Artist Series presents the Jazz & Contemporary Media Faculty Concert, a performance consisting of nine faculty members, Tuesday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. This concert is made up of faculty members Charles Pillow, saxophone, Clay Jenkins, trumpet, Mark Kellogg, trombone, Bob Sneider, guitar, Gary Versace, Bill Dobbins, and Dariusz Terefenko, piano, Jeff Campbell, bass, and Rich Thompson, drums. Program TBD.

Charles Pillow, a saxophone player and Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone, is a fluent performer, educator and touring musician, appearing on over 100 recordings of jazz and pop artists. Clay Jenkins, a trumpet player, joined Eastman faculty in 2000 and is a Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media as well as a Collegiate Instructor in Trumpet at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS). As an Associate Professor of Euphonium, Trombone, and Brass Chamber Music, Mark Kellogg has been a faculty member since 1991, also service as Coordinator of the Brass Chamber Music Program and Affiliate Faculty of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media. Joining the Eastman faculty in late 1997, Bob Sneider serves part time as Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, also working as a Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar for ECMS. Gary Versace, receiving his master’s degree in music performance at Eastman, is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media for Piano. Bill Dobbins, a Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, also acts as the Conductor of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra as well as the Coordinator of the Jazz Composition and Arranging Program. An Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, Dariusz Terefenko is also an Affiliate Faculty of Music Theory and serves as Acting Chair of the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department. Jeff Campbell, Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, has been a full-time professor at Eastman since 1997. Earning a master’s degree in jazz studies and contemporary media (performance) from Eastman, Rich Thompson joined Eastman faculty in 1996, serving as Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media as well as Director of Jazz Lab Ensemble and an ECMS Collegiate Instructor in Jazz Drumset.

The Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department of the Eastman School of Music is committed to finding and educating the next generation of jazz musicians who will shape the course of music in contemporary and future media. This begins with preparing today’s most talented jazz students for their future roles in public performance, media, and education. It also includes providing a comprehensive jazz curriculum spanning the great traditions of the past to the cutting edge developments of the present and ensures that each student is guided toward the discovery of his or her artistic voice as a performer, composer, arranger, and/or teacher. Lastly, the department is committed to serving local, national, and international educational constituencies and their audiences with world-class performances of jazz and contemporary media music.

The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.  

Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

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About Eastman School of Music:

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division– about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, as have numerous GRAMMY® Award winners. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 800 concerts to the Rochester community.

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