The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has announced winners of their Individual Artist Award, which include Peabody alumni and faculty. Faculty artist Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass), incoming faculty artist Kris Funn, and alumni Todd Simon (BM ’07, Jazz Piano) and Patrick McMinn (MM ’12, Computer Music) all received top prizes in their categories. Samuel Burt (MM ’05, Composition), Byung Kang (BM ’14, GPD ’16, Jazz Percussion), and Russell Kirk (BM ’05, Jazz Saxophone) were awarded second prizes. Third prizes were awarded to Adam Rosenblatt (BM ’10, Percussion; KSAS BS ’10, Molecular/Cellular Biology) and incoming faculty artist Warren Wolf, vibes.
Devin Gray (BM ’06, Jazz Percussion) has released a new single, “Meta Cache.” The single is now available.
Peabody junior Anthony Peña, studying recording arts and computer music, has signed his recording group June Pastel with The Native Sound, an independent recording label. Their album will be released this summer, and features Peabody students, including jazz pianist Troy Long, jazz percussionist Kayin Scanterbury, Sean McFarland (’17, Composition), and John Murphy. This group will also be on an East Coast Tour in March.
Preparatory alum Warren Wolf, vibes, will join the Dave Stryker Quintet for a concert on Sunday, April 8, at 5:00 pm at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This concert is presented through the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.
With the appointment of four additional teaching artists to its Jazz Studies faculty, the Peabody Conservatory has solidified its commitment to providing a first-class education in jazz, one which reflects both the profound history of jazz in Baltimore and Peabody’s reputation as a premier conservatory. Beginning in Fall 2018, trumpeter and Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies Sean Jones welcomes percussionist Quincy Phillips, guitarist Matthew Stevens, and vocalist Charenée Wade to the Peabody jazz faculty. In addition, pianist Alex Brown will serve as a Visiting Artist in Jazz Studies. More…