MSU Jazz Orchestra

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

MSU Director of Jazz Studies Todd Hill and two members of the MSU Jazz Orchestra talk with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the program’s new CD, Live and On the Air. They also preview a couple of songs.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State Jazz Orchestra presents its “Swing into Spring” concert tonight. Director Todd Hill join Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk about the band and the upcoming performance.

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Murray State University's first crowd-sourced fundraiser ended with the successful printing of the MSU Jazz Orchestra album "Why We Can Have Nice Things," now available at the University Bookstore, featuring 13 classic tunes, including "Hope Swings Eternal," "Walkin' and Swingin'" and "Why Don't You Do Right." Director Dr. Todd Hill stops by Sounds Good to preview some songs and his solo performance tomorrow for Carson Center Fridays @ 5. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray State Jazz Orchestra is working to highlight its student performers and historic year in 2014 by creating a CD recording of the songs they played at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Murray State Jazz aficionados can find more information about helping this project at Murray State's Interim Director of Development Tina Bernot and Director of Jazz Studies Dr. Todd Hill stop by Sounds Good to talk to Kate Lochte about the project.

The Midwest Clinic is among the largest instrumental music educators conferences in the world, drawing an international attendance of roughly 17,000. Murray State University's Jazz Orchestra was one of two jazz programs in the country selected to perform at this prestigious event (the other is Sam Houston State University). Director Dr. Todd Hill stops by Sounds Good with a preview of their concert, this December in Chicago, tonight in Lovett Auditorium. 

Murray State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the MSU Jazz Orchestra welcome guest trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The concert is part of the 66th annual Quad-State Senior High Band Festival. A highlight of the Wind Ensemble is the premiere of KY composer James Curnow's new work "A Moment in Time" exploring the writings of Matsuo Basho of 17th Century Japan and Henry David Thoreau of 19th Century Massachusetts. Dennis Johnson, Director of Bands at Murray State University, spoke with Tracy on Sounds Good about the upcoming performance.