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Jazz Innovations, Part II

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 7:30pm
  • Jazz Innovations

Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions.


Ted Poor, faculty advisor 

Whisper Not: Benny Golson
Sea Journey: Chick Corea
Moment’s Notice: John Coltrane 
Someday My Prince Will Come: Frank Churchill (arr. Natalie Song)
Calling Miss Khadija: Lee Morgan 

Personnel: Ryan Featherman (alto sax), Galin Hebert (drums), Soloman Lubell (bass), Natalie Song (piano), and Markus Teuton (guitar).

The Sharp Four
Steve Rodby - advisor

If I Were A Bell - Frank Loesser
Butterfly - Herbie Hancock
You Should Have Let Me Sing - Andrew Friedrich
You Won’t Forget Me - Fred Spielman
Subconscious Lee - Lee Konitz
Personnel: Andrew Friedrich - guitar; Noah Brown - piano; Max Young - bass; EJ Brannan - drums 


Ted Poor is a New York-born, Seattle-based drummer and composer whose adventurous, soulful playing has vaulted him to the stages of some of today’s most vital artists. Modern Drummer describes his playing as “adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking.” A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ted has toured and recorded with renowned artists such as Paul Simon, Marcus Mumford, Bill Frisell, Rufus Wainwright, Pat Metheny, Blake Mills, Madison Cunningham, Chris Thile, John Scofield, Cuong Vu, My Brightest Diamond, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Gabriel Kahane. 

Having signed with Verve Records (UMG), his debut album, You Already Know, was released in 2020 to critical acclaim.  The album, which is co-produced with Blake Mills features Andrew D’Angelo, Andrew Bird, Rob Moose, Paul Kowert and Sebastian Steinberg. JazzTimes calls the album “profound and moving” and states, “intimate, involving, and lasting, You Already Know balms the senses, wakes them up, slaps them around, and offers positive affirmations.” 

Ted is a member of Los Angeles based singer/song-writer Andrew Bird’s band; appearing on and touring the albums Are You Serious and My Finest Work Yet (Loma Vista/Concord).  He also performed regularly in the house band on the live radio broadcast of Live From Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion). Ted is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and the acting Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

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.