Devin Gray (BM ’06, Jazz Percussion) released an album 27 Licks recorded for duo drum set with Gerald Cleaver on October 2, 2020.
Mind on Fire presented 11 short, art performances in a Virtual Variety Show with music, poetry, prose, improvisation, opera, puppetry, song, and space online on July 11 in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Taylor Hillary Boykins (MM ’14, Voice), Jennifer Hughson (MM ’12, Clarinet), Tyrone Page Jr (BM ’16, MM ’18, Saxophone; BM ’16, Music Education), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12, Flute), and Randi Withani Roberts (’16, Jazz Voice) were featured on this show.
Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies Sean Jones will teach in JTole Summer Jazz Workshop at the New Jersey Youth Symphony. It will be held online from July 13 to 25. In addition to master classes and private lessons, workshop participants will experience virtual big band and combo classes culminating in a virtual jazz festival on Sunday, July 26 where a video project featuring the workshop participants.
Mark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano; KSAS BA ’11, Psychology) was featured on WJLA ABC 7 in DC for his song “Be The Change” talking about “using his musical talents to spread a message of hope during uncertain times” on June 15. He performed a “Live From the Living Room” concert for Strathmore on May 13 and has been doing neighborhood/live streamed concerts from his porch on a regular basis: June 5, May 31, and May 23.