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The purpose of this page is to connect Bard Jazz Program alumnae/i with current students and faculty. A website for the Jazz Program is currently under construction.
There will be an alumnae/i page listing alumnae/i website/facebook info. Alumnae/i who wish to be included, are invited to send their website/facebook contact info as a message to this facebook page.
The Jazz Program has a commitment to teaching Jazz as an integral part of the African musical diaspora and historically, as a place where European, African and Native America nmusical and cultural practices flowed together. We also regard the music as evolving, while becoming increasingly socially and culturally diverse. It is also a technologically inclusive art form that should not be frozen in time.
Consequently, our emphasis is on giving our students a strong foundation of basic musical skills, a thorough understanding of the history behind the music and an emphasis on the individual developing her/his creative process. To this end we combine, theory, history, technical skills training with a strong improvisational/compositional regimen.
Our goal is to teach students to be the creative artists of the future rather than uncreative repeaters of the past. Our students are notable for the uniqueness of their self expression and the quality of their original music while at Bard and we have been gratified to see the exciting work that many of our graduates go on to do after Bard.
Thurman Barker - Percussion & Composition
Erica Lindsay - Saxophone & Composition
John Esposito - Piano, Theory, Composition
David Arner - Piano
Ira Coleman - Bass
Kenny Davis - Bass
Mike DeMicco - Guitar, Sight Reading Workshop
Otto Gardner - Bass
Greg Glassman - Trumpet
Peter O'Brien - Drums
Pamela Pentony - Voice, Jazz Vocal Workshop
Carlos Valdez - Afro Caribbean/Brazilian Percussion, Samba School
Bruce Williams - Sax, Flute & Improv