A Week of Jazz to Mark 20th Anniversary of Jazz Studies

Bill Frisell
Guitarist Bill Frisell

World-renowned guitarist Bill Frisell will take the stage with some of the UW's top jazz students April 18 in a concert at Meany Hall capping off a week-long celebration of jazz at the UW.

Joining Bill Frisell onstage are UW students Ivan Arteaga and Scott MacPherson, saxophone; Marc Hunter, bass; Evan Woodle, drums; and Elliot Gray, piano. Faculty artists Cuong Vu, trumpet, Marc Seales, piano, and Stuart Dempster, trombone, will also make special appearances on the program.

Frisell's appearance is the headlining event of A Week of Jazz at the UW, marking the 20th Anniversary of the UW's Jazz Studies Program. Events run April 12 through 19 and feature an array of performances, conversation and workshops by students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists.

Other highlights include faculty recitals by Marc Seales and Tom Collier; a three-day live recording project by Cuong Vu's Vu Tet and guests Heatwarmer, Bad Luck, Operation ID, and Greg Sinibaldi and Goat; a panel discussion by noted jazz community members; and a guest artist performance by New York City-based saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo, an alumnus of Seattle's Roosevelt High School.

The events are presented in conjunction with the Improvised Music Project (IMP), a registered UW student organization composed of current and past UW jazz students.

Support for A Week of Jazz is by The Washington Research Foundation and The American Music Partnership of Seattle (AMPS), a collaboration between EMP, KEXP, and the University of Washington, funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and housed at the Simpson Center for the Humanities. Additional support is by Earshot Jazz.

A full schedule of events and details about performers, tickets, and venues is available here.