Dave Douglas: Artist in residence

Two-time Grammy-nominated jazz musician Dave Douglas is arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter-composer of his generation, and he’s performing with VCU Jazz Orchestra I on Tuesday.

From Spike Lee to Cornel West: A Conversation with Terence Blanchard

Grammy Award-winner and revered jazz musician Terrence Blanchard is headed to UR’s Modlin Center this Friday. We had a chance to chat him up about his thoughts on improvisational music, his process for composing, and his latest musical endeavors.

Melody and Rhythm: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer in concert

Often, when world-renowned artists team up to form a “super group” the result is somehow less than the sum of its parts. This was happily not the case with Sunday evening’s concert at University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts.

Music As It Was Meant To Be

Music is meant to be experienced. In fact, I would posit that music doesn’t actually exist until it’s experienced – in time, in space, in sound waves vibrating through the air. The old “tree-falling-in-the-forest” riddle is applicable here. Yes, the tree does make a sound, but only when someone is there to hear it does that sound have any meaning?

Live Together, Die Alone: The Value of Free-Improvisation

Was that improvised or written? I’m an improviser and this question addresses what I feel is one of the most important aspects of musical creation.