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Music, History faculty members to team up for jazz-themed ‘360° Thursdays’ event

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UW-Green Bay faculty members Adam Gaines and Clifton Ganyard will team up Feb. 27 for the next installment in the University’s 360° Thursdays lecture-concert series.

Gaines, an associate professor of Music, and Ganyard, an associate professor of Humanistic Studies (History) will present “Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World,” an event designed to introduce attendees to American jazz tradition and its worldwide influence. Ganyard will serve as lecturer for the event, while Gaines will be the musical director for a band consisting of UW-Green Bay faculty members and others.

Collaborating to share a mutual love of jazz is nothing new for Ganyard and Gaines, despite the fact that they hail from different academic programs. During spring semester 2013, the pair team-taught “The Jazz Age,” a course that explored the musical and historical aspects of jazz from different angles, in order to give students a broader and deeper perspective. The class included a live performance from Gypsy Trip, a local jazz group that counts Gaines and other faculty members among its members. A video of the class in action is available online at news.uwgb.edu/featured/giving-back/03/19/jazz-history-360-course/.

One of the musicians studied in the Jazz Age course was Django Reinhardt, whose music will be performed during the 360° Thursdays concert. Other works featured come from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Scott Joplin and many more.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. More information on the series is available on online at www.uwgb.edu/music/thursdays/.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online at www.uwgb.edu/music.

Concert personnel are as follows: Vocal soloist: Courtney Sherman; Violins: Ross Ipsen, Melissa Tschamler; Woodwinds: Lada Gaines, soprano and alto saxophones; Eric Hansen, clarinet; Steve Johnson, soprano and baritone saxophones, clarinet; Jen Schmitz, alto saxophone; Michael Lund Ziegler, tenor saxophone; Brass: Bill Burroughs, trombone; Adam Gaines, trumpet and voice; Kelly Galarneau, trombone and sousaphone; Dan Marbes, trumpet; Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn; Rhythm section: Matt Callope, drums; Jordan Christianson, piano; Michael Dewhirst, bass; Stefan Hall, guitar; Tyler Rindo, guitar.

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