CMU Jazz Weekend 2013

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- February 8, 2013

For Immediate Release

CMU Jazz Weekend 2013

The CMU School of Music will celebrate its 40th anniversary Jazz Weekend event on Thursday and Friday, February 7-8, 2013.

This year’s Jazz Weekend kicks off with a performance by the CMU Faculty Jazz Combo on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. in Staples Family Concert Hall.

The event jumps into full swing on Friday, February 8 when nearly 60 high school jazz ensembles from all over Michigan converge upon the School of Music. Ensembles perform for a panel of judges, and awards are given by class for Best Band, Best Soloist and Best Section.

Jazz Weekend concludes with a concert featuring Guest Artist Jeff Hamilton, drummer, and his Trio mates Tamir Hendelman, piano, and Christoph Luty, bass, together with CMU’s Jazz Lab 1 at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 8 in Warriner Hall, Plachta Auditorium. For ticketing information, visit

Always in high demand, Jeff Hamilton brings originality and versatility wherever he goes to perform. Hamilton has nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Ray Brown, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, John Pizzarelli and many others. Jeff got his first big break playing for the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1974, then joined Lionel Hampton’s Band until ‘75 and from there became a member of the Monty Alexander Trio. In ‘77 he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. For more information about Jeff, visit

Hamilton joins with bassist Christoph Luty and award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman to form their highly acclaimed jazz trio. In a review of the trio’s album Symbiosis in 2009, Jerry D’Souza wrote that their interaction “…is facile and lights up the many moods that move from the intimate to the upbeat with facile ease. The ballads are warm and graceful, the link between the musicians made palpable by the emotion. And certainly, the empathy is in joyous evidence when they go out and swing.” For more information about the trio, visit:

The idea for Jazz Weekend came from the late Jack Saunders, who conceived and organized the first Phi Mu Alpha-CMU Jazz Weekend in 1972. Professor Saunders was Director of The Chippewa Marching Band, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Professor of Horn, Instrumental Area Coordinator and Founder/Director of Jazz Lab 1. He retired after 37 years of teaching in 2000.

Under Professor Saunders’s direction, Jazz Lab 1 was an active participant and consistent award winner in such festivals as the National Intercollegiate Jazz Festival, the Aquinas College Jazz Festival, the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, the Central Ohio State Jazz Festival, the Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival, Musicfest USA, the North Sea Jazz Festival (The Hague, Netherlands), and the Montreux International Jazz Festival (Montreux Switzerland). Jazz Lab 1 has also appeared regularly as the guest clinic ensemble for the annual Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Music Conference.

With the creation of Jazz Lab 1 and Jazz Weekend, Professor Saunders laid the foundation for jazz education and music at CMU through which his memory lives on.

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