The UW Honors Jazz Band is a big band for Madison-area high school students looking for an additional opportunity to perform advanced jazz repertoire together with like-minded peers. Participating students will work with UW jazz faculty and students from the UW Jazz Orchestra over the course of four rehearsals in two weeks to prepare for a final concert on April 18, 2019 at UW-Madison’s Music Hall.
Please note: Johannes Wallmann, UW-Madison Director of Jazz Studies, is on a one-semester sabbatical and will return in fall.
2019 UW Honors Jazz Band faculty:
Matt Endres, UW-Madison Adjunct Professor of Jazz Drums and Jazz History
Jonathan Greenstein, Director of the UW Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, saxophonist and Fresh Sound New Talent recording artist
Chris Rottmayer, Spring 2019 Director of the UW Jazz Orchestra, former jazz piano and ensemble faculty at University of South Florida
Featured guest saxophonist Sharel Cassity
Saxophonist, multi-reedist, composer, bandleader, recording artist and educator Sharel Cassity (pron.“Sha-Relle”) is a distinguished musician on the New York jazz scene where she resided for 16 years. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 9 consecutive years & having earned her master’s degree from The Juilliard School on full scholarship, Sharel has won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2010.
Known for her fiery and soulful style of improvising & her expert ensemble skills, Sharel is a versatile sideman having performed regularly alongside renowned artists Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Joe Chambers & Darcy James Argue. Currently a regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, Nicholas Payton’s TSO, Cyrus Chestnut’s Brubeck Quartet and the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Sharel has toured 24 countries and performed at leading venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival & the North Sea Jazz Festival. Sharel was lead alto in the Diva Jazz Orchestra from 2007-2014 and performed in the Broadway musical After Midnight as well as Maurice Hines’ Off-Broadway production, Tappin’ Through Life. Other jazz luminaries she has performed with include Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, James Moody, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Maceo Parker and Terrence Blanchard.
For more information, please visit http://www.wisconsinjazz.org/