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Acclaimed alumni return Oct. 13 for MTSU Jazz Arti...

Acclaimed alumni return Oct. 13 for MTSU Jazz Artist Series concert with top student players

MTSU School of Music alumni and Nashville musician-educators Jovan Quallo, left, and David Williford will return to campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, for a concert with a quintet of current students to launch this year’s MTSU Jazz Artist Series. (photo submitted and courtesy of Kira Hooks Photography, respectively)

A pair of acclaimed School of Music alumni will return to MTSU’s Wright Music Building for a Wednesday, Oct. 13, concert with a quintet of current students to launch this year’s MTSU Jazz Artist Series.

Saxophonists Jovan Quallo and David Williford will join the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I’s rhythm section — pianists Noah Huseman and Jeremy Winter, guitarist Eric Burgess, drummer Josh Cook and bassist Baily Johnstone — in a performance of original compositions and arrangements in contemporary styles.

Tickets for the Oct. 13 concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall inside the Wright Music Building at 1439 Faulkinberry Drive, are $10. Admission is free for MTSU students, faculty and staff with a current ID.

Concertgoers can reserve tickets by contacting Jamey Simmons, professor of jazz trumpet and director of MTSU’s Jazz Studies Program at 615-898-2724 or james.simmons@mtsu.edu. Discounts also are available for band students and educators.

Jamey Simmons, MTSU Jazz Studies professor

Jamey Simmons

Guests must follow MTSU’s mask and other health safety requirements inside the venue.

“The concert will showcase the sound of two of our most talented alumni along with student artists,” said Simmons, who’ll also join the performances on trumpet. “The exciting thing for us as teachers is to perform with and feature our graduates, showing future generations the possibilities after leaving MTSU.”

MTSU’s Jazz Ensemble I is the university’s top performing student group in the Jazz Studies Program. The ensemble, which features the program’s most experienced student artists, tours throughout the region and focuses on cutting-edge works and big-band repertoire.

MTSU School of Music alumnus and Nashville musician and educator Jovan Quallo will return to campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, for a concert with a fellow alumnus and a quintet of current students to launch this year’s MTSU Jazz Artist Series. (photo courtesy of the artist)

Jovan Quallo

Quallo, a music education alumnus and native of Boston, Massachusetts, is a Nashville-based musician and teacher whose career so far has included work with artists ranging from Dionne Warwicke, Robben Ford and Keb’ Mo’ to Jake Owen, Reba McEntire and Jeff Coffin. He also operates a private woodwinds studio, currently teaching more than 40 middle and high school students in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Among Quallo’s recent projects is Nashville-based vocalist Tamara Bodie’s new single and video, “Tea,” in which he’s a featured artist. It’s available below.

MTSU School of Music alumnus and Nashville musician and educator David Williford will return to campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, for a concert with a fellow alumnus and a quintet of current students to launch this year’s MTSU Jazz Artist Series. (photo courtesy of Kira Hooks Photography)

David Williford

Williford, a jazz studies graduate from Knoxville who also is now a Nashville-based performer, teacher and composer, released his debut album, “Possible Futures,” in 2016 with all original compositions and arrangements. He performs and records with artists that include John Mailander, Dynamo, Mike Hicks, Sory Diabate, Rick Wilkerson, and the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective.

A live performance of “Keep Moving” by Williford and his jazz group is available below.

Now in its 22nd season, the MTSU Jazz Artist Series brings internationally renowned jazz artists to campus for performances and educational workshops. Past guest artists have included some of the most important musicians and educators in jazz history.

School of Music logoFor more information about MTSU’s Jazz Artist Series, please visit www.mtsu.edu/music/jazzseries.php. For details on other special events in the MTSU School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts, visit www.mtsumusic.com or call 615-898-2493.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)


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