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Jazz Innovations, Part I

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 7:30pm
  • Students in the Jazz Workshop perform in Brechemin Auditorium.

Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions, performing music by Horace Silver, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Keith Jarrett, Tony Lefaive, Elliot Halpern, and Jeremy Pelt. 

Masks are recommended in all indoor spaces. Proof of vaccination remains a requirement for everyone 12 and over at Meany Hall and all ArtsUW Ticket Office events, including Meany Center, DXARTS, Dance Department, School of Drama, and School of Music. Individuals unable to be fully vaccinated, including people with a medical or religious exemption, must have proof of a negative provider-administered COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the performance). UW staff will check for proof of vaccination and negative COVID tests at the doors as a condition of entry. Proof of negative test result must come from a test provider, a laboratory or a health care provider. Home or self-administered tests will not be accepted.  Details of these policies and procedures are at 


The Rapid Testers
Steve Rodby, director

Song for My Father: Horace Silver

Yardbird Suite: Charlie Parker

Song for Strayhorn: Gerry Mulligan

Long As You Know You're Living Yours: Keith Jarrett

Marek Magaña, electric bass; Maximilian Czerwinski, alto saxophone; Shai Permilovsky, piano

Combo 2

Circled Path: Tony Lefaive

Stupid-Chosis (Kinda an Expert): Elliot Halpern

466-64 (Freedom Fighters): Jeremy Pelt

Kingfisher: Tony Lefaive

Elliot Halpern, tenor saxophone; Noah Brown, piano; Tony Lefaive, bass; Matt Camgros, drums

Director Bios

Steve Rodby
Acoustic and electric bassist, audio and video editor and producer Steve Rodby was born in Joliet, Illinois. He began studying classical orchestral bass at age 10, and quickly developed parallel interests in pop and jazz. A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in classical bass performance, Steve spent many years as a multi-style studio musician on both acoustic and electric bass in Chicago recording studios, while also playing with the leading contemporary classical chamber music group in the city, the University of Chicago's CCP. Playing regularly at the Jazz Showcase also gave him the opportunity to play with numerous jazz masters. In 1981, Steve joined the Pat Metheny Group, and would play with the PMG for 3 decades. Steve also started, in the early 80s, producing records for the PMG and many others, as well as working as a video editor for both PBS music specials and other music DVDs. In all, Steve has won 15 Grammy awards. Recently, Steve has been touring and recording with the international group The Impossible Gentlemen.
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