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Pacific Jazz Festival: Master Class with Michael Dease

Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:00pm

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Pacific Jazz Festival is an annual 2-day event, October 23-24, for jazz students, musicans and jazz music fans. The Conservatory of Music invites all interested for master classes and livestreamed performances with the conservatory faculty and our renowned guest-artists. 

Master Class with Michael Dease, October 24:

Participants will be able to ask questions during a moderated Q & A.

Michael Dease is one of the world's eminent trombonists, lending his versatile sound and signature improvisations to over 200 recordings and groups as diverse as Grammy winning artists David Sanborn, Christian McBride, Michel Camilo, and Alicia Keys. Born in Augusta, GA, Dease moved to New York City to become part of the historic first class of jazz students at The Juilliard School, earning both Bachelors and Masters degrees, and quickly established a reputation as a brilliant soloist, sideperson, and bandleader.

Dease, a winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Critic's Poll for Rising Star Jazz Trombonist and two-time Grammy award winner, is also a sought-after lead, section and bass trombonist with today’s leading jazz orchestras. His experiences include bands led by Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Rufus Reid, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. However, it is on the frontline of quintets and sextets led by master musicians like The Heath Brothers, Winard Harper, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Claudio Roditi, and Lewis Nash, where Dease has revitalized the trombone’s image. Not content to simply improvise, Dease arranges and composes for many different bands, constantly adjusting his tone and timbre to add just the right flavor to the music.

Dease’s unique blend of curiosity, hard work and optimism has helped him earn worldwide recognition, including awards from ASCAP, The International Trombone Association, Yamaha, Eastern Trombone Workshop, New York Youth Symphony, Hot House Magazine, Michigan State University, among others. Dease was profiled in Cicily Janus’ book, The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends (Random House). His experience in the studio has led him to produce several recording sessions for emerging artists, often composing and writing liner notes for the releases.

(Photo by Sara Pettinella)

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$15 Individual event tickets (concerts or masterclasses)
$50 Individual festival pass to all festival events
$250 Jazz Band Director Package includes:

  • Streaming access to all festival events for up to 25 people ($1500 value)
  • A personalized 50 min Zoom clinic for your group/ensemble with Pacific Jazz Studies Director Patrick Langham or another one of Pacific's esteemed jazz faculty; To be scheduled by the end of the 2020-21 school year ($800 value)


Our sponsors:

  • G-FORCE PRODUCTIONS Audio Visual Rental & Event Production Company
  • CapRadio, Stockton's NPR-member station, serving Northern California and Western Nevada

Festival contact:
Call 209.946.2187 or 209.946.3222.

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