2022 WCU Jazz Festival

March 23 - 25, 2022

2022 celebrates the 150th anniversary of West Chester University. There is no better to celebrate the institution than by celebrating our alumni. This year’s Jazz Festival is an ode to our past, present and future. Join us for our 4 day festival including a variety of performances and venues.

Sponsored by our friends at WRTI 90.1

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Larry Marshall Trio

MARCH 23, 2022 | 12:00PM | Madeline Wing Adler Theater

Larry Marshall

Larry Marshall started playing drums at the age of five, and started studying formerly soon after. Throughout grade school, Junior High School and High School, Larry continued lessons and was the leader of many bands. In 1983, he went on to study at West Chester University and started his recording and touring career as well. After a sold out tour to Asia, Larry relocated to Japan, where he made Osaka home base for six(6) years. While in Japan, high end drum company, Sakae(Sah-kah-ee), approached and signed him as a Sakae Drum Artist. He spent(six) 6 years as the Jazz Drum instructor at the Azul Jazz Academy; and during that time, Kansai Music Conference awarded Larry with the Jazz Musician of the year award(2012). Now back in the U.S., Larry continues to enjoy teaching as adjunct faculty member at Lebanon Valley College, The High Street Music Co. in Pottstown, Pa., Director of two Percussion Ensembles at High Street Co.. Adjunct Faculty at The Waldorf School ( Kimberton, Pa.), Small Jazz Ensemble Director at Waldorf School. Adjunct Faculty at The Hill School,( Pottstown, Pa.), Percussion Ensemble Director at The Hill School. Larry still tours and has formed the Larry Marshall Quartet as well as being a sideman for a wide variety of artists. He has toured with artists such as, Othello Molineaux, Randy Brecker, Kevin Mahogany and many others. In addition, he also continues to be a sought after recording artist, conduct clinics and master classes in the U.S. and abroad.

Andy Roberts

Andy Roberts has been active in the Central Pa music scene for many years. By age 15, he was gigging with rock and country bands at local clubs. Upon discovering Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck, he became further inspired by the challenges of jazz, and after receiving the Joe Zawinul scholarship, enrolled in Berklee College of Music, Boston Massachusetts, graduating in 1989.

Currently, Roberts maintains a busy schedule of performing, writing and music directing. As a freelance jazz pianist, he has had the opportunity to perform with many great musicians from the tri-state area. Also known for his keyboard work, Andy is a seasoned rock and blues keyboardist as well.

In theater, Roberts has 30+ years experience writing original musical revues. Since 2009 he has been music director/pianist for The American Music Theatre in Lancaster, Pa.. There he arranges, plays piano and conducts the vocalists and band in their original productions. www.amtshows.com

Roberts is the long time MD for the Timbers Dinner Theater in Mount Gretna, Pa. He has played a large role in shaping their unique and entertaining musical revues. In turn, the arranging and performing experiences at the the Timbers have been central to his growth as a musician. www.gretnatimbers.com

He has also played and conducted shows for numerous theaters throughout Pennsylvania.

Roberts has been music leader for Soul.Com at Good Shepherd United methodist Church in Lebanon, Pa. since 2000.

He is involved with numerous original projects. The Four Piece Quartet, New World Parade and Liminal Space to name a few. All of which perform Roberts’ music and arrangements.

Through all the musical diversity, Roberts strives to approach all musical challenges with a sense of conviction, respect of the genre and an adventurous spirit .

Rob Swanson

BORN: 1967 in Wilmington, DE Playing Bass for over 35 years, Rob has made a name for himself as one of the most versatile working bassists in the Philly metro area. Tripling on Electric, Upright, and Vocals, Rob finds himself in up to 20 different musical configurations on any given month, ranging from straight ahead bebop, groove, world, and straight funk and rock. A graduate of the prestigious West Chester School of Music, Rob balances gigging with a bit of teaching to forward the muse that was passed onto him at an early age. A Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award Recipient, Rob plays regularly in the Mid-Atlantic region and can be seen in his supporting role with many of the area's top jazz musicians. Rob has shared the stage with The Wailers, Third World, Black Uhuru, Judy Mowat, Dennis Fortune, Rosella Clemmons-Washington, Siora, Lucky Thompson, Kelly Meashey, Marc Adler's Flute Choir, Vanesia, John Coley and To The Max, The Don Eaton Band, Dave Wilson, Klingon Klezmer featuring Hassan Jack Kessler, Tony Smith, Ron Thomas, Tom Palmer, Ellen Leibowitz, Matt Niess and the Capitol Bones, Shawn Qaissaunee, The Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, The Duke Ellington Sacred Jazz Band, Tom Pontz, Kenny Gizmo Rogers, The Barbone Street Jazz Band, Barbara Montgomery, Connie Ranis, Cartoon Christmas Trio, Phyllis Chapell, Hoots and Hellmouth and an ever growing clientele.


WCU Faculty Jazz Group

WCU Faculty Jazz Group

MARCH 23, 2022 | 8:00PM | Madeline Wing Adler Theater

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

Jonathan Ragonese, composer-arranger-saxophonist, is a native of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he has lived and worked there since. As a saxophonist he has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians including Steve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Tim Warfield, Tin Can Buddha and Steve Rudolph. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of Music Before Words, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. 2017 brings two new releases, many premieres.

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.


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WCU Criterions Celebrate Alumni

MARCH 24, 2022 | 8:00PM | Madeline Wing Adler Thater

Jonathan Ragonese leads the Criterions in a celebration of alumni featuring special guests. The evening opens with a performance by the Latin Jazz Ensemble led by Dr. Marc Jacoby

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is enjoying a career as one of the most sought after lead trumpet players in Philadelphia, PA and the east coast. Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University in 1997 and earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in 2001.

Matt is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits with professional bands and orchestras up and down the east coast. He has performed with several Broadway show productions and artists including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Boston Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Diana Krall, Hugh Jackman, Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Randy Brecker, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, and many others.

Matt is currently the principal trumpet player for The Philly Pops and has been a featured lead trumpet player with The Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, Matt is a studio lead trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and has recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, and LL Cool J. In 2010, Matt formed The Philly Big Band where he is featured as both a soloist and lead trumpet player.

Matt is equally committed to both performing and teaching. Matt is the chair of the trumpet department, "Z" Big Band director, and music education professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Dave DiValentino

Dave DiValentino attended West Chester University for his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from 1999-2003, as well as his Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from 2006-2008. While at WCU, he studied trumpet with Jim Hala, Ken Laudermilch, and Matt Gallagher. He also credits his early musical development to Kim Pezzi-Burns, Louis Mauro, Chuck Gottesman, and Robert Barron.

Dave has been teaching in the North Penn School District since 2005 where he directs the 7th and 8th grade concert bands at Penndale MS, the Penndale Pit Orchestra, and the NPHS Navy Jazz Band. He is also the Department Chair for K-12 Instrumental Music. His groups have consistently earned superior ratings and have earned appearances at the PMEA All-State Conference in 2009, 2016, and 2022. The Navy Jazz Band was also the first high school jazz band ever to be invited to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, in April of 2016.

Dave plays trumpet professionally in the tri-state area with various musical groups; most notably the Philly Pops Orchestra and the Philly Pops Big Band. He lives in Horsham, PA with his wife Lauren, awesome kids Lia and Roman, and the best dog in the world, Luna.

Bill Smith

Trombonist and music educator Bill Smith is a 1983 graduate of WCU where he studied with Lee Southall. He then served for over 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, most notably in the NATO Jazz Orchestra based in Belgium, performing with many top artists, including Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Toots Thielemans, Conrad Herwig, David Leibman and the New York Voices. Bill has been a featured soloist at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland) and Berks Jazz Festival. He currently performs in the Water Gap Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Phil Woods Big Band) and is an in-demand freelance trombonist in all genres.

Bill has extensive experience as a clinician and educator; he is currently the trombone/low brass instructor at Lafayette College, and presented “100 Years of Jazz Trombone” at the PAJAZZ/Moravian College Jazz Series. In 2020 Bill was a clinician for the Music in the Schools program in Berks County, PA and loves to coach middle and high school trombone sections.

John Swana

John Swana 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.

John can be heard on recordings with: Benny Golson, Grover Washington Jr., Chris Potter, Ralph Bowen, Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci, Eric Alexander, Charles Fambrough, Craig Handy, Tito Puente, Bill O’Connell, Lenny White, Ricky Sabastian, Eric Harland, Greg Hutchinson, Marlon Simon, Ed Simon, Dave Valentin, Cafe’, Art Webb, Adam Holtzman, Ron Blake, Peter Bernstein, Carl Allen, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Kenny Barron, Tim Warfield, Lewis Nash, Clarence Penn, Kevin Hays, Chris McBride, Uri Caine, Peter Leitch, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ralph Peterson, Bobby Zankel, and Tom Harrell.

Peter paulsen

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 François 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.

Terry Klinefelter

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.

Ryan Kauffman

Ryan Kauffman is a saxophonist, woodwind artist, and teacher based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He leads several exciting projects, including the (717) Collective and Triology, and is a founding member of the NakedEye Ensemble. He has performed throughout the Central PA region, including appearances at Bethlehem Musikfest, Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. He has had the privilege of performing with Ron Thomas, Peter Paulsen, Harrisburg Symphony, and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.


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John Swana Trio

MARCH 25, 2022 | 1:00PM | Madeline Wing Adler Theater

John Swana

John Swana 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.

John can be heard on recordings with: Benny Golson, Grover Washington Jr., Chris Potter, Ralph Bowen, Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci, Eric Alexander, Charles Fambrough, Craig Handy, Tito Puente, Bill O’Connell, Lenny White, Ricky Sabastian, Eric Harland, Greg Hutchinson, Marlon Simon, Ed Simon, Dave Valentin, Cafe’, Art Webb, Adam Holtzman, Ron Blake, Peter Bernstein, Carl Allen, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Kenny Barron, Tim Warfield, Lewis Nash, Clarence Penn, Kevin Hays, Chris McBride, Uri Caine, Peter Leitch, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ralph Peterson, Bobby Zankel, and Tom Harrell.

Steve Giordano

Philadelphia jazz guitarist Steve Giordano is a world-renowned master of his craft. Navigating effortlessly and creatively though the traditional sub-genres of jazz, it is obvious to the sensitive and critical listener that Giordano's improvisations are drawing inspiration from obscure and eclectic sources that exist beyond the boundaries of the jazz aficionado's record collection. Steve defies expectations by masterfully weaving fragments of melodic dissonance and harmonic tension into standards that are often well over a half-century old.

Giordano is as innovative and skilled a teacher as he is an improvisor. His methods inspire students (of any instrument) to reach deeply into themselves, listen mindfully, and truly express their own musical vision.

Bob Meashey

Bob Meashey has been performing in Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania since he was seventeen. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Bob has been an active performer and teacher since his graduation, showcasing his unique approach to improvisation for numerous local ensembles.

Jazz artists that Bob has played with include Stanley Clarke, Eddie Daniels, Urbie Green, Walt Levinsky, Bob Mintzer, Joe Morello, Marvin Stamm, and Sir Roland Hanna. He continues to perform and record with several area jazz groups including renowned Philadelphia guitarist Steve Giordano, Peter Paulsen’s Quintet, 53 Stations, Andy Roberts’ Four Piece Quartet, and celebrated pianist and composer Ron Thomas.

Bob has taught master classes at the University of the Arts and Temple University. His show credits include the national touring companies of “Annie” and “Grand Hotel”, and performances in the 1997, 1999, and 2001 Mellon Jazz Festivals in Philadelphia. He recently appeared as a guest soloist at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Bob is also a private tutor to students of the Upper Merion, Lower Merion, and Colonial School Districts.


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David Liebman & The Dalí String Quartet feat. WCU Criterions Jazz Ensemble

MARCH 25, 2022 | 7:30PM | Uptown Theater

Tickets: https://secure.uptownwestchester.org/2824/2825

The Dalí Quartet

The Dalí Quartet is acclaimed for bringing Latin American quartet repertoire to an equal standing alongside the Classical and Romantic canon. The award-winning Dalí Quartet tours Classical Roots, Latin Soul programming to enthusiastic audiences across the U.S., Canada and South America. Its fresh approach has been sought out by distinguished series in New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, San Juan and countless communities beyond. The quartet has been called upon for return engagements at the National Gallery of Art, Friends of Chamber Music in Portland, and Chamber Music at Beall, among others. This season the Dalí tours from Philadelphia and DC all the way to Oaxaca, Mexico, and partners with the National Repertory Orchestra to give the Guarneri String Quartet Residency, awarded by Chamber Music America.

In addition to works of the masters from Haydn to Brahms and Amaya to Piazzolla, the group's adventurous and entertaining programming includes new works for quartet with percussionist Orlando Cotto, and quintets both Latin and Classical with the renowned clarinetist Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with acclaimed pianist Vanessa Perez. The Dalí Quartet has an ongoing collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition’s gold-medal winning pianist Olga Kern, with whom they have toured from coast to coast. Their recording of Shostakovich and Brahms piano quintets live at the Virginia Arts Festival is due for imminent release on the Delos label.

The Dalí Quartet is the 2021 recipient of Chamber Music America's Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Sewell Family Foundation, and the 2021 Silver Medal at the inaugural Piazzolla Music Competition. The quartet is also the 2019 recipient of the Atlanta Symphony's esteemed Aspire Award for accomplished African American and Latino Musicians.

The Dalí is devoted to audience development and to reaching communities of all kinds. The group’s Latin Fiesta Workshops and Family Concerts in both traditional and innovative settings move listeners – literally! The Dalí Quartet is sought after for master classes and professional development workshops for students, (recently at the National Repertory Orchestra, Miami University, Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Iowa) and has opened musical vistas for younger kids with its week-long Any Given Child programs (over three seasons for the Tulsa Public School System). In addition, the quartet’s International Music Festival is an admired chamber music and orchestral program founded in 2004 which develops the performance skills of young musicians up through semi-professional level. The Dalí has also served as a guest resident ensemble at Lehigh University.

Trained by world-renowned artists, members of the Dalí Quartet are from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the US, and have degrees from esteemed institutions including the New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard, Indiana University Bloomington, and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. The quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA.

The quartet serves as faculty at West Chester University Wells School of Music as the Quartet in Residence, and is an Iris Orchestra Resident Ensemble .

The Dalí Quartet proudly uses Pirastro Strings and WMutes.

Dave Liebman

NEA JAZZ MASTER, saxophonist David Liebman was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 1946. After contracting polio as a small child, he began classical piano lessons at the age of nine and clarinet/saxophone by twelve. His interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, Village Vanguard and the Half Note. Throughout high school and college, Liebman pursued his jazz interest by studying with saxophone guru Joe Allard (other Allard alumni are Eddie Daniels, Mike Brecker, Steve Grossman, Harry Carney) as well as jazz musicians Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd. Upon graduation from New York University (with a degree in American History), he began to seriously devote himself to the full time pursuit of being a jazz artist.

In the early 1970s, Liebman took the leading organizational role as Founder and President of Free Life Communication, a cooperative of several dozen young musicians. Free Life became an integral part of the fertile New York “loft” jazz scene in this period and was funded by the New York State Council of the Arts with a residence in the Space for Innovative Development that also housed several other famous performing groups, most notably the Alwin Nicolais Ballet Company, which lead to collaborative projects during this period.

After one year spent with Ten Wheel Drive, one of the early jazz fusion groups and performing with his first mentor, drummer Pete LaRoca, Lieb secured the coveted saxophone/flute position in the group of John Coltrane’s ex-drummer, Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis hired him. These years from 1970 thru 1974 were filled with tours, recordings and the incredible experience gained by being on the band stand with two masters of jazz. At the same time, Liebman began exploring his own music-first in the Open Sky Trio with Bob Moses and then with pianist Richie Beirach in the group Lookout Farm. This group recorded for the German based ECM label as well as A&M Records and touring the U.S., Canada, India, Japan and Europe, winning Group Deserving of Wider Recognition in the Downbeat Critics Poll (1976).

In 1977, Liebman did a world tour with pianist Chick Corea followed by the formation of the David Liebman Quintet with John Scofield as featured sideman. After several world tours and recordings by the quintet over three years, he reunited with Richard Beirach in both the duo format and Quest in 1981. Beginning with bassist George Mraz and drummer Al Foster, the group solidified with the addition of bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart. Through 1991 the group recorded seven CDs, toured extensively and did many workshops with students worldwide, garnering high critical praise worldwide. (The group has reunited for special tours and recordings since 2005.)

From 1991 through 2012, the Dave Liebman Group featuring guitarist Vic Juris toured and recorded nearly twenty CDs representing a very eclectic direction that ranged from jazz standards to Puccini arias, adaptations from the John Coltrane and Miles Davis repertoires, as well as original compositions in styles ranging from world music to fusion and free jazz, always maintaining a repertoire that balanced the past, present and future.

Over the past decades, Lieb has often been featured with top European musicians such as Joachim Kuhn, Daniel Humair, Paolo Fresu, Jon Christensen, Bobo Stenson, Michel Portal, Wolfgang Reisinger and Jean-Paul Celea among others. His reputation in Europe has led to big band and radio orchestra performances with the WDR in Koln, Germany; NDR in Hamburg, HR Big Band in Frankfurt, the Metropole Orchestra, Netherlands. Also as a result of Liebman’s eclecticism he has also been featured with progressive classical groups like Klangforum in Vienna, Avanti from Helsinki, Finland and most notably with theEnsemble Intercontemporain from Paris….eventful because it was the first time a jazz improviser was invited to play with the prestigious group founded by Pierre Boulez. On all occasions the music was specially commissioned to feature Lieb’s unique soprano saxophone style.

David has been featured on over five hundred recordings, of which he has been the leader or co-leader on nearly two hundred with several hundred original compositions written and recorded. His artistic output has ranged from straight ahead classic jazz to chamber music; from fusion to avant garde and world music. Other ongoing performing/recording combinations include the group Different But the Samefeaturing saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, drummer Jim Black and bassist Tony Marino; the “We3” trio with bassist/composer extraordinaire Steve Swallow and long time Lieb associate Adam Nussbaum on drums; duo work with both pianists Phil Markowitz and Marc Copland.

His newest group Expansions formed in 2013 features musicians from the new generation of jazz players living in New York; Bobby Avey on piano, Matt Vashlishan on reeds, Alex Ritz on drums along with the perennial Tony Marino on bass. The music of this group reflects current trends and styles being played by the new crop of jazz players.

Lieb’s published materials include a wide variety of books considered classics in the field as well as instructional DVDs and chamber music (Aebersold Publications, Caris Music and Advance Music): Self Portrait of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound, several of which have been translated into multiple languages. Liebman’s biography is titled What It Is-The Life Of A Jazz Artist in conversation with author extraordinaire Lewis Porter (Scarecrow Press).

His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him literally around the world as a result of his varied musical directions and expertise on several instruments, along with an ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique. Over the years, he has regularly received grantees to study with him funded by the NEA (U.S.), the Canadian Arts Council, as well as arts councils of numerous European countries. In 1989 he founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), an organization dedicated to networking educators and students from international jazz schools through periodic meetings, exchange programs and newsletters. Liebman presently serves as the Artistic Director of the IASJ and a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC; Guest Lecturer at the Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee School in Boston. He has consistently placed among the top three finalists of the Downbeat Critics Poll since 1973 in the Soprano Saxophone category, gaining the top place several times in polls conducted by the magazines Jazz Ed and Jazz Times. Lieb is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland); the Order of Arts and Letters (France); and the NEA Jazz Master award which is the highest accolade granted by the U.S. government in the jazz field (2011).


High School Jazz Festival

High School Jazz Festival

Many 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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