Jazz at Winona State University

Jazz is an inclusive art form that opens doors for creativity in a variety of disciplines. As one of the few truly American artistic traditions, jazz transcends boundaries of culture, race and economics to form a bond of commonality with participants as well as enthusiasts. WSU seeks to provide an outlet for jazz musicians of all levels to experience the art of improvisation. This arts process expands students’ ability to adapt to circumstances in all walks of life.

Latest News:

Spring Jazz Combos Concert April 7th

This semester's combos concert will take place on Monday, April 7th. The time and location has changed. The concert will take place at 7:00 pm at the SMAUG stage at Kryzsko Commons. This is on the ground floor of the commons, in the east area closest to the PAC. Students are preparing a wide variety of music, with lots of solo opportunities, and even some original tunes - along with other surprises! The concert is free and open to the public.

Ed's Dates Announced for Spring 2014

The WSU jazz faculty ensemble will be performing again at Ed's one Thursday each month during the spring semester, and we invite all students and interested community members to come and sit in with us. The dates for spring, 2014 are: January 16, February 20, March 20, April 10 and May 8.
Please check the jazz calendar for the latest updates on WSU jazz happenings. Just click on the Calendar link at the top of the page.

WSU Jazz Ensemble Spring Tour 2014

The WSU Jazz Ensemble has confirmed its itinerary for the spring tour, Feb. 12-14, 2014. We will be performing at five high schools culminating in a performance at the Minnesota Music Educators' Mid-Winter In-Service Clinic in Minneapolis.
Wednesday February 12th:
Red Wing High School, Farmington High School NRHEG High School (New Richland, MN)
Thursday February 13th:
Eden Prairie High School, St. Louis Park High School
Friday February 14th:
Students will attend morning workshops at the MMEA conference and perform at 3:45pm in Room 205 of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

John Paulson Big Band Project

WSU jazz faculty professor, John Paulson has produced a new CD/DVD recording of original big-band compositions. The John Paulson Big Band Project was officially released on December 1, 2013. The CD includes eight original jazz compositions of varying styles arranged for a 17-piece jazz ensemble; the DVD features video segments of live performances, interviews, all the selections on the audio CD, plus 3 bonus tunes not included on the CD. Several of the WSU jazz faculty members participated in the project with Ray Dretske on baritone saxophone; Larry Price on piano; Rich MacDonald on drums; and, of course, Paulson on tenor and soprano saxophones, and flute.
To purchase a copy of the CD and/or DVD, and for a preview of some of the selections, visit Paulson's website at www.paulsonjazz.com.

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