This week is always one of the hottest under the direction of Rodney Whitaker—along with a roster of national and regional jazz education greats. It includes big band rehearsal, combos, studio class, jazz history, listening and improv. The intensive program wraps up with a faculty evening performance in addition to the student showcase.
Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist Rodney Whitaker leads The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center on top of being the professor of jazz bass and director of jazz studies at Michigan State University—where he built one of the country’s leading jazz degree programs and performing faculties. A proven and committed jazz educator, he’s presented numerous master classes across the nation.
Showcase: July 13 at 7 p.m.