Andrew Rathbun

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Jazz pianist Kenny Werner will headline concerts with the Western Jazz Quartet and the WMU Jazz Orchestra this weekend. Werner and WMU professor of jazz saxophone Andrew Rathbun joined Cara Lieurance for a conversation about his life as a composer, performer, and educator. Werner discusses the events that led to him writing his highly-regarded book for musicians, Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within

Werner will join Andrew Rathbun, Scott Cowan, Tom Knific and Keith Hall onstage tonight at 8 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. On Saturday at 7:30 pm, he'll perform with the WMU Jazz Orchestra. Details at the Jazz Studies website.


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Vince Mendoza is one of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last two decades. A multi-Grammy Award winner, he has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, and tonight the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra and WMU Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of his works. Mendoza and Andrew Rathbun, professor of jazz at WMU, preview the concert and the high points of his career with Cara Lieurance.


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Andrew Rathbun, director of the Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and composer/programmer Christopher Biggs, both School of Music faculty at Western Michigan University, talk about their first-time collaboration. It has resulted in a concert of works for the Advanced Jazz Ensemble plus digital process and live electronics, played by Christopher Biggs. They describe just how the electronic sounds and processing dovetails with the music, in an interview with Cara Lieurance.  

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An iconic performer and proponent of free jazz, George Garzone has influenced generations of players at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, while maintaining a constant touring schedule and a now legendary (45-year) standing gig with his trio, The Fringe. As a student, Andrew Rathbun, professor of saxophone at Western Michigan University, successfully applied to the New England Conservatory in order to study with Garzone. They talk to Cara Lieurance about Garzone's approach to improvisation, and how working with top-level students has pushed him to greater levels of mastery. 


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Western Jazz Quartet saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and pianist Jeremy Siskind talk about the challenges and satisfaction of adding a new voice to the mix, with just one rehearsal to prepare. This is not uncommon in the jazz world, and according to Rathbun, John Hébert is one of the finest bassists working today.


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