MSUM Jazz Ensemble, Tri-College Combos win awards at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival

MSUM Jazz groups had a successful trip to the 2010 Eau Jazz Festival this past weekend taking four out of seven awards possible. MSUM Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Allen Carter, received third place; Tri-College Combo II, under the direction of Simon Rowe, received second place; Tri-College Combo I, under the direction of Nick Fryer, received first place and an award for “Best Soloist” going to Chris Schuster (NDSU). Don’t miss the now award-winning MSUM Jazz Ensemble this Thursday, April 22 with Jazz Trumpeter Marvin Stamm at 7:30 p.m. in the Hansen Theatre.

Tri-College Combo Concert Feb. 4

A Tri-College Combo Concert will be presented Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in MSUM’s Hansen Auditorium. It’s free and open to the public. The Combos are directed by: Nick Fryer and Simon Rowe of MSUM and Matt Patnode and Jeremy Brekke of NDSU. Tri-College Combos combine the performing talents of students and faculty from MSUM, Concordia College and NDSU. The students audition across the three campuses and are placed in small groups which, under faculty guidance explore the skills, concepts and literature of jazz, commercial and contemporary music.

Fryer gets published in top jazz magazine

Nick Fryer, Assistant Professor of Music, has been published in top jazz magazine DownBeat. The January 2010 issue will feature Fryer’s article “Carbonic”, an analysis and transcription of Brad Shepik’s improvised solo from his latest release “Human Activity Suite”. DownBeat has been the premier jazz journal for 75 years, has a monthly circulation of 70,000, and is distributed worldwide. If you would like to read the article before it hits the shelves in January you can download it here: