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Wells School of Music

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Wells School of Music

Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Wells School of Music
Phone: 610-436-2739
Fax: 610-436-2873

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All events take place in Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, located in Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center. Click to access campus map.

Steve Rudolph Quartet

Steve Rudolph Quartet

MARCH 21, 2018 | 12:00PM

Blending influences and traditions to create new legacies…

Steve Rudolph - Piano

With eleven acclaimed CDs as a leader, he has served as producer, arranger and performer on many recordings including CDs with Johnny Coles, Bill Goodwin, Ali Ryerson, and Matt Wilson. Steve has performed in concert with Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, the Mills Brothers, and Cal Collins, touring extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Currently a Yamaha Keyboard Artist, he is in demand as a clinician and performer. Born in Evansville, Indiana, Steve studied trumpet and composition at Butler University, turning to the piano at age 22. Since moving to Harrisburg in 1978, he has been largely responsible for the growth of the jazz scene in Central PA. Complete information at

Tom Strohman - Woodwinds

Born in Lebanon, PA, Tom has performed for entertainers Patti Page, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Eddie Fisher, The Four Aces, Della Reese, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Vinton. He has also performed with the Harrisburg and York Symphony Orchestras. As a solo performer, Tom has had the pleasure of working with the following musicians: Bobby Rosengarten, Ira Sullivan, Buddy DeFranco, Al Grey, Steve Gilmore, David Schnitter, John Blake, Jonny Coles, John Riley and John Von Ohlem. Tom was inducted into the Central PA Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009.

Hassan Shakur - Bass

A member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1974, Hassan has also toured with pianist Monty Alexander for many years. In the '60's, he was a member of the Craig Hundley Trio, a group of young teenagers who hit the jazz world by storm, playing on the Johnny Carson Show and major festivals around the world. His main influences are Ray Brown and Jimmy Blanton.

Larry Marshall - Drums

A drummer, composer, and educator, Larry has appeared on over 50 CDs as a player or producer in Europe, Japan and the U.S. A Central PA native, he lived in Florida for several years, spent five years in Japan, and has recently returned to Pennsylvania to perform and teach. He was a student at West Chester University and currently leads his own ensemble as well as freelancing with many area bands.


WCU Faculty Jazz Group

WCU Faculty Jazz Group

MARCH 21, 2018 | 8:00PM

The Faculty Jazz Group features both the full-time and adjunct jazz faculty at West Chester University. Special guests include instructors from the Summer Jazz Camp. Everyone contributes a chart to this great once a year concert. This year's group features:

Dan Cherry - Trombone

Dan joined the WCU faculty in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone and Voice Performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he studied trombone with Joel Pugh and Scott Moore and voice with William Florescu. He went on to receive both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trombone from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM, he studied trombone with Tony Chipurn and David Vining and conducting with Terrence Milligan. In addition to his classical music endeavors, Dan is also an advocate and performer of jazz - America's music. From his early days as a high school student playing lead trombone in Pennsylvania's All-State Jazz Ensemble to his current collaborations with WCU jazz faculty in combo settings, jazz has remained an important part of Dan's musical life.

David Cullen - Guitar

David Cullen is a Grammy Award Winning guitarist whose playing has been hailed by the New York Times as "Jazz, Folk, Blues Superstructures". He has performed throughout the United States for Performing Arts Series, Jazz Festivals and Classical Guitar Societies. He has performed in a dazzling wide range of musical styles including Jazz, Classical and World music. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite of Uganda and the Jaco Big Band.

Chris Hanning - Drumset

Dr. Chris Hanning is a Professor of Percussion at West Chester University, a recording artist for NFL Films, and performs with the Peter Paulsen Quintet, the Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, and Philadelphia's premier contemporary music ensemble Relâche. His performing has taken him throughout Europe and the United States with engagements at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2006 he released Island Grooves, an instructional drum set DVD that received a 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating from Modern Drummer magazine. Chris has recorded several CD's with Relâche, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, David Liebman and the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, and a new release with the Peter Paulsen Quintet titled Goes Without Saying. Chris performed on numerous recordings for NFL Films over the past twelve years including several Emmy Award Winning projects. You can hear Chris every year when the Lombardi Trophy music is played during the Super Bowl. He is currently co-writing music with long time NFL Films composer and producer Tom Hedden. You can check out some of his music at firstcom music. Chris is an artist/clinician for Vic Firth, Pearl/Adams, Remo, Zildjian, and Panyard and has presented clinics at Universities, conventions, and percussion festivals across the United States and abroad. Chris also chairs the Percussive Arts Society Contest and Audition Procedure Committee and serves on the PAS Board of Directors.

Marc Jacoby - Vibraphone

Dr. Marc Jacoby is an Associate Professor of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he serves as Jazz Studies Coordinator and teaches in the Applied Music and Music Education programs. He currently directs the Criterions Big Band and Latin Jazz Ensemble. Before joining the faculty at WCU, Dr. Jacoby was on the faculty of the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, he played with many of the regions salsa and latin-jazz groups including the Grammy nominated Orquesta 911 mambo big band. He also co-founded the Orquesta Dos Claves, a latin-jazz big band and workshop for Chicago area youth. The ensemble performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Illinois Music Educator's Association Conference, Hot House's Jazz en Clave Festival, Chicago Historical Society, Harold Washington Cultural Center, and school jazz festivals around the region.

Dr. Jacoby had a 20-year career in marching music instructing and arranging pit percussion music for many of the top Drum and Bugle Corps including the 1988 DCI Champions Madison Scouts, Blue Devils, Crossmen, Cadets, and Glassmen. Mark Wessels Publications recently released an audio CD of his arrangements for percussion ensemble that accompany the book, A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion.

Dr. Jacoby is an Apple Authorized Trainer, an artist/clinician for the Yamaha Corporation and Vic Firth, Inc., a Sibelius Ambassador/Trainer and is on the Educational Advisory Committee for Latin Percussion, Inc. He has been an active performer and clinician and has presented sessions on jazz education and technology at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educator's National Conference, International Association of Jazz Educators, Association for Technology in Music Instruction, TI:ME national and regional conferences, Winter Guard International, Drum Corps International, and many state teachers conventions.

Terry Klinefelter - Piano

Heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "on the cosmic cusp where Mozart might mingle with Mingus", pianist Terry Klinefelter has performed in a wide variety of settings in both the classical and jazz fields. Appearances include the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Chadds Ford Winery Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Springs and the Arcady Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine. Dr. Klinefelter has been pianist for the Pennsylvania Ballet, and a soloist with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (where she has also served as keyboardist for many years), the Allegro Society, Bux-mont Chamber Orchestra, and recently with the WCU Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center. She has performed in Mexico, Italy (Rome Festival Orchestra), and collaborated with such diverse artists as renowned early music soprano Julianne Baird (tours with The Jane Austen Songbook), violist Emanuel Vardi, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Kim Fisher and jazz pianist George Shearing (opening of Bally's Grand, Atlantic City). Past awards include the PMTA Collegiate Artist Award as well as prizes in the Wilmington JCC Young Musicians Contest and a recent teaching grant from the Main Line Music Teachers Association. As a jazz musician, Dr. Klinefelter also performs regularly in the area with many of Philadelphia's finest musicians, and has appeared on several recent recordings (Anne Sciolla's Diva-Free Zone and Paul Klinefelter's Night Mood). Her debut jazz trio CD, Simple Gifts, was praised for its "impressive sonority". Dr. Klinefelter was recently invited to create jazz settings for several poems by renowned poet Dana Gioia for WCU's Poetry Salon this fall, in collaboration with soprano Anne Sciolla.

Dr. Klinefelter began teaching at WCU in 1996, and became a permanent faculty member in 2001. Her principal teacher was Benjamin Whitten; she has also worked with Ena Bronstein, Marilyn Neeley, Harvey Wedeen and Lambert Orkis, and recently studied Taubman technique with Robert Durso. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society, and an active member of the Music Teachers National Association. A longtime yoga practitioner, Dr. Klinefelter recently became a Registered Yoga Teacher and has enjoyed helping her students to experience reduced performance anxiety with this ancient practice. Dr. Klinefelter's students have included winners of the WCU Concerto Competition as well as the Jacobs Steinway Award and other scholarships. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers as performers and educators. As a teacher in WCU's Community Music School, Dr. Klinefelter's students have included prizewinners in the Keystone Competition as well as several winners of the "Best Soloist" award in area jazz festivals.

Peter Paulsen - Bass

Mr. Paulsen's first CD release, Peter Paulsen Quintet "Three-Stranded Cord", on R&L Records, received international press and national airplay, as well as the second Peter Paulsen Trio release, "Tri-cycle". He has also recorded with the MPH Trio, "Curves", on GPC Recordings, and the Jeff Baumeister Quartet, "Useful Music", on Wahbo Records. His most recent release, Peter Paulsen "Change of Scenery" Sextet also on Wahbo Records, has gained international recognition in both radio and printed media, with an emphasis on a confident and original compositional voice.

Mr. Paulsen is very committed to the education of young, up-coming musicians and has participated in master classes with Francois Rabbath, Hal Robinson, Mark Morton, and Donald Palma and as clinician with Jimmy Knepper, George Young, Clark Terry, Dennis DiBlasio, Valery Ponamerov, Dave Liebman, Gunnar Mossblad and Ed Soph. He is a member of the International Society of Bassists and an active composer of works for his instrument, receiving three prestigious Pennsylvania Council on the Arts composition grants and a composer residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. The PEW Charitable Trust recognized Peter Paulsen with a 2007 PEW Fellowship in composition and he can be seen in the acclaimed documentary, "12 Short Films of the 2007 PEW Fellows." Mr. Paulsen and his wife, mezzo-soprano Charlotte Paulsen continue to commission, premier, and record many new works for the unusual combination of double bass and voice.

Jonathan Ragonese - Saxophones

John Swana - Valve Trombone/EWI

John was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, and began studying trumpet at the age of 11. He was drawn to jazz at the age of 17 after hearing Dizzy Gillespie, and the interest developed into a passion while he was in collage, where he began transcribing the solos of Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and Tom Harrell. Swana has performed and/or toured with the Mingus Big Band, and the Dave Holland Big Band, and has also played with well known jazz names such as Don Patterson, Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Stanley Turrentine, Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, Johnny Coles, Ralph Peterson, Charles Fambrough, Bobby Watson, Craig Handy, Chris Potter, Stephen Scott, Tim Warfield, Eric Alexander, Sam Newsome, Brad Mehldau,Vincent Herring, Uri Caine, Tim Armacost, Peter Leitch, Peter Bernstein, Mark Turner, Jon Gordon, Donny McCaslin, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Bowen, Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Seamus Blake, and Robin Eubanks. He has also been heard with Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, Ronnie Cuber, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, John Faddis, Slide Hampton, J.J. Johnson, Bob Minzer, and Charlie Persip.

Paul Jost - Vocalist

Paul Jost is an eclectic artist. A vocalist, drummer, arranger and composer who performs regularly in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey along with recent tours in South Korea, Ireland and Germany. His solo CD Breaking Through (Dot Time Records) continues to receive raves worldwide. One of his originals, "Book Faded Brown," has been recorded by The Band, Rick Danko and Carl Perkins. Jost's newest album in the works, Born to Run Reimagined, was recorded live at The Bitter End this fall with Jim Ridl, John Swana, Donald Edwards, Chico Huff, Tony Miceli and mixed by Toby Scott. Paul can be heard on SiriusXM Radio along with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (Dot Time Records) performing classic rock in a jazz format.


Tony Miceli and Diane Monroe

Tony Miceli and Diane Monroe

MARCH 22, 2018 | 12:00PM

Tony Miceli - Vibraphone

Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been performing steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. In All About Jazz, Vic Schermer describes him as ... "a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness. His vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal."

Tony plays with the highest caliber musicians. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. He is the proud originator of The Jōst Project, a band of jazz artists who reach new generations for jazz by playing the music they recognize -- classic rock. He is also proud to play with the Irish musicians who bring back the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Playing vibe improvisations with singer Joanna Pascal, they performed in a concert called "Mozart Reloaded" at Philadelphia's prestigious Kimmel Center, Joanna Pascal's rendition of a Mozart opera aria. With crossover violinist, Diane Monroe, he is now working on a project using jazz, folk, and classical influences.

He is a performer, educator and innovator, not just as a musician, but also as the creator of, his vibraphone online school of music with over 3,000 members. Traveling around the world, he has recently performed in such countries as Spain, Ireland, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Belgium and Patagonia. Based in Philadelphia, he performs and leads vibraphone workshops throughout the USA including Colorado, North Dakota, Delaware, Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Diane Monroe - Violin

Diane Monroe is more than simply a fine performer. She is a violinist whose versatility and expressive artistry consistently bring audiences to their feet. Her visibility as a jazz artist began with her long-standing membership as first violinist of the Uptown String Quartet (with Lesa Terry, Maxine Roach and Eileen Folson) and the Max Roach Double Quartet. With those ensembles, she performed with Cecil Bridgewater, Trumpeter; Odean Pope, Saxophonist and Tyrone Brown, bassist, and has recorded on the Soul Note, Philips/Polygram, and Mesa/Bluemoon labels.

In addition to her contributions as a side-person, Monroe has been leading her own ensembles for more than 15 years. The Diane Monroe Quartet appeared on the Kennedy Center's Women in Jazz Festival in 2012 and has performed at many other venues. She has developed a program for her sextet – "What Is This Thing Called Freedom" – that features vocalist Paul Jost and her longtime musical partner, vibraphonist Tony Miceli. She and Miceli released their debut recording, Alone Together (Dreambox Media), in August 2014. All About Jazz sums up the recording: "Monroe and Miceli are adept and resilient musicians of the highest caliber, so they are able to weave their combined sounds into many expressive variations that create "tone poems" and tell stories."

Monroe is in demand as an educator, panel specialist and leader of jazz improv workshops, rhythm clinics and master classes. The Verbier Festival Switzerland 2000, highlighted her summer as soloist/conductor of the Fiddlefest Jazz String Orchestra. During this festival, Monroe conducted the string orchestra students in a spontaneous collaboration with the violinist Kennedy, in a blues medley. In 2007, Monroe conducted the jazz string section for the Saxophonist James Carter with his quartet, in a presentation at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall entitled, "Gardenia's for Lady Day." At last season's ASTA conference, she chaired a panel, "Improvised music in the classroom," which included distinguished composer/pedagogue, David Baker.


Barry Miles Trio

Barry Miles Trio

MARCH 22, 2018 | 8:00PM

Featuring Andy Lalasis (bass) and Bob Shomo (drums).

Barry Miles Biography

"I guess it all started the day I was born in 1947", music composer, arranger, and keyboard wizard, Barry Miles. "The doctor was a serious jazz buff and he was playing a Benny Goodman record while he was delivering me. My parents have always been into music and when I was just a toddler, my father who owned a record store, would bring home be-bop records of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie which I would play incessantly on my little 78 phonograph. When I was four I started taking piano lessons from my uncle and when I was seven I started drum lessons. My father noticed my early musical ability and took me to sit in with some great musicians who were passing through town." One of the musicians who heard Barry was Woody Herman and through his association with Woody, Barry performed on some major TV shows and concerts which led to his early membership in the musician's union at age nine. In his pre-teen years, he got the opportunity to perform with some of the greatest jazz legends including Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton, Coleman Hawkins, and John Coltrane. "I remember playing a concert in Newark, N.J. with then 19 year old Wayne Shorter and in a darkened backstage area I heard a gruff voice behind me say 'you sound good, kid'. I turned around and discovered it was Miles Davis!"

In the early 60's, throughout high-school, Barry continued his musical studies: Harmony and Theory with Dika Newlin who herself had been a student of composer, Arnold Schoenberg, classical piano with Olga Von Till, who had studied with Bela Bartok. (Olga, at the time, was also teaching famed jazz pianist, Bill Evans who had gone a decade earlier to the same high-school as Barry). Barry simultaneously was studying jazz piano with acclaimed teacher John Mehegan and during the summers went up to the Eastman School of Music to study arranging and orchestration with Ray Wright, Manny Albam, and Fred Karlin. Along with school and private study, Barry maintained his own band which performed concerts and TV. He played a State Department tour of Europe and recorded and composed all the music for his first album, "Miles of Genius" on Charlie Parker-MGM Records (1961). Many great young musicians were introduced to the public in Barry's group in the 60's, including Woody Shaw, Eddie Gomez, Richard Davis, and Ron Carter.

By the mid-60's, Barry came to the conclusion that "because of the developments in mass communication, people have the opportunity to hear music from all over the world and the result will be the fusion of many diverse elements into various new styles". The outcome of this concept was the recording of Barry's "Syncretic Compositions" (1966) featuring Lew Soloff, Robin Kenyatta, Walter Booker, and Don Perullo, and it's probably the first "fusion" album in an acoustic setting containing elements of jazz, classical, rock, and Eastern music. It was recorded at a live concert at Princeton University which Barry graduated from in 1969. While at Princeton, Barry studied electronic music and experimented with the early versions of the sophisticated synthesizers available today.

Upon graduation, Barry recorded an album for Poppy- RCA Records and through the 70's continued to pioneer his fusion concept by recording seven more albums and touring all over the world with his quartet, Barry Miles & Silverlight. Many more great musicians were introduced through his band and recordings including Al Di Meola, Vic Juris, Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Eric Kloss, Lew Tabackin, and Barry's brother, Terry Silverlight. In between engagements, Barry did studio work playing on hundreds of pop, R&B, and jazz recordings, including Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train To Georgia". Between 1980 and 1994, Barry was the musical director for Roberta Flack and through Roberta he composed and arranged music for the Richard Pryor movie, "Bustin' Loose" as well as contributing as a producer/composer/arranger/performer on a number of her albums.

In the early '90's, Barry renewed a long association with Al Di Meola by performing with the Al Di Meola Project and collaborating in the production, arranging, and writing of Al's "Kiss My Axe" album. Throughout the '90's to the present, Barry has composed music for several hundred national and international TV and radio commercials along with numerous Miramax movie trailers. More recently, he performed and arranged with Roberta Flack on the "Songs From the Neighborhood" album, which won the 2006 Grammy for best children's album, and her 2012 album of Beatles songs for Sony/ATV. Once again, Barry has collaborated with Al Di Meola on his highly acclaimed albums, "The Consequences of Chaos" (2006), and "In Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody" (2011). Barry is proud to have performed and assisted on Terry Silverlight's albums, "Diamond In The Riff" (2008) and "In Concert" (2011). Barry also produced and arranged the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammys) "Jazz Album Of The Year", and has just released a solo piano album, "Home And Away – Volume One".


Lecture by Maria Schneider

Lecture by Maria Schneider

MARCH 23, 2018 | 12:00PM

Maria Schneider's music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization." She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries.


Criterions Jazz Ensemble Featuring the Music of Maria Schneider

Criterions Jazz Ensemble Featuring the Music of Maria Schneider

MARCH 23, 2018 | 7:30PM

Maria Schneider's music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, having received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.

Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve GRAMMY nominations and five GRAMMY awards. Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album, Concert in the Garden (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a GRAMMY with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the "crowd-funding" trail as ArtistShare's first release. She's been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award.

Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. She has also appeared in CNN, participated in round-tables for the United States Copyright Office, and has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Google, digital rights, and music piracy. Most recently, she and concerned colleagues in New York have launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers,

Her recent collaboration with her orchestra and David Bowie resulted in his single called, "Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)," and brought her a 2016 GRAMMY (Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals). Schneider and her orchestra also received a 2016 GRAMMY for their latest work, The Thompson Fields (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album).


High School Jazz Festival

High School Jazz Festival

MARCH 24, 2018 | 11:00AM-6:00PM

Fourteen of the finest high school jazz ensembles from around the region will be performing and working with the WCU faculty at this day-long festival. These young musicians demonstrate that the future of jazz is in good hands.


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