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DownBeat magazine

Seven Western Michigan University jazz students and student ensembles have won honors in this year's DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards.

That put Western second only to to Austria's University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the number of students winning awards.

Several Western alumni also got awards in the 38th annual competition.

Lisa Kyle

The jazz trio Tri-Fi - Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass, and Keith Hall, drums - is garnering wide praise for its fifth album, Staring into the Sun

C. Lieurance

Jazz singer KeJuan Carter recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a master's degree in vocal jazz performance. He and four other WMU jazz musicians - Hugh Little, piano; Bryan Blowers, guitar; bassist Mike Horrigan and drummer Dave Van Haren - put a personal touch on new, old, and overlooked

Gene Knific comes by his mixed pedigree of classical and jazz influences honestly.

The son of violinist Renata Knific ( professor, Western Michigan University) and bassist Tom Knific (professor, chair of Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University), this eclectic young composer and pianist, with his trio, were invited to perform for the Fontana Summer Festival this weekend.

saragazarek.com

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist-composer-arranger Josh Nelson visit with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall in WMUK's Takeda performance studio, for an hour of songs and conversation on a range of topics, including the song writing process, the privilege of teaching, and the special camaraderie of jazz artists around the world.

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