Jazz-MU-Tazz brings jazz performances to Pullman Square June 18

Edited from a Press Release

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Jazz-MU-Tazz, Marshall University’s summer jazz festival for high school musicians, will present a series of performances from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Pullman Square. The event concludes the annual festival.

Groups to be heard that day will include the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble, Project Postbop (a Marshall University student combo), and a high school jazz ensemble and jazz combos composed of festival attendees. Culminating the evening will be the Tommy Money Orchestra at 8 p.m.  These performances are free and open to the public.  

Student participants in the festival, which begins June 13, take classes in jazz performance and improvisation as well as other related music topics, said Dr. Ed Bingham, professor of music and director of jazz studies at Marshall.  In addition to the daily classes, evening activities such as concerts, jam sessions, movies and recreational activities will round out each day. This year, the students will be working with guest artist/instructor Dr. Dave Dickey, a trombonist.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Dickey attended the University of North Texas and received a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies. While at North Texas, he recorded two CDs with the famed One O’ Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater Dickey. He then moved to Miami and lived there for six years as a performing and touring musician and jazz radio disc jockey for WDNA-Miami. While living in Miami, he received his master’s in jazz performance from Florida International University.  He then moved to Urbana, Ill., to work on his D.M.A. in jazz performance the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Dickey currently lives in Saint Louis, Mo., teaching jazz trombone at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dickey also will be performing with Bluetrane, Marshall’s faculty combo, at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Ky., at 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, as part of the center’s “Jazz Alley” series. Adult tickets are $25, and are available online at www.paramountartscenter.com, by calling the center at 606-324-3175 or by visiting the center in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.