Tom Knific

edwardsimon.com

Jazz pianist Edward Simon, a bandleader and member of SFJazz Collective, has established close ties to Western Michigan's School of Music in the last few years as an Artist-in-Residence, says jazz professor Tom Knific. He will premiere a new, 40-minute jazz suite at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on Sunday.

Pat Johnson

Critically acclaimed jazz flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny opened the 2015–16 Bullock Performance Institute’s concert series last week, leading a quartet in a concert featuring WMU professor Tom Knific on bass, Gene Knific on piano, and Sean Dobbins on drums. 

John Abbott

A printout of his discography, single-spaced in small print, is sixteen pages long. And it's missing all of his recordings of the last nine years, including the 2013 Grammy Award-winning Night in Calisia.

wmujazz.com

The Western Jazz Quartet lost three of its founding members in 2012, but barely skipped a beat in re-forming a new group. 

Jimmy Katz

In November at Western Michigan University, renowned tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano performed and collaborated with the Western Jazz Quartet and the students of the University Jazz Orchestra. 

Here's a conversation recorded at WMUK on the eve of the November 22nd concert, with Mr Lovano and bassist Tom Knific, chair of the WMU Jazz Studies department