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Grace McKay, jazz vocalist

Downbeat Magazine Awards UMass Jazz Students with National Honors

Friday, April 26, 2019

Two solo artists – Grace McKay and Matt Twaddle – and a jazz combo – the UMass Odd Meters Combo ­– from the Jazz & African-American Music Studies Program at UMass Amherst's Department of Music & Dance received awards in Downbeat Magazine’s 2019 Student Music Awards.

UMass Jazz Professor Fumi Tomita Has New Book and CD

Thursday, April 25, 2019

It’s been a busy month for Fumi Tomita, Assistant Professor of Jazz and String Bass in the Music & Dance Department. His new book, The Jazz Rhythm Section: A Manual for Band Directors, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and at almost the same time, his newest CD, The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami was released by OA2 Records.

Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble with Tereza Lee on screen

Felipe Salles' "New Immigrant Experience" Premieres in Old Chapel

Monday, April 22, 2019

When UMass Associate Professor Felipe Salles met Tereza Lee while earning his doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music, he could not have guessed he was receiving the flicker of inspiration that would become a Guggenheim grant-supported musical composition. On April 9, Salles’s multimedia production, The New Immigrant Experience, had its sold out world premiere in the Old Chapel.