Accepting the 2017 Jazz Educator of the Year award from KCMEA
BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble with Tina Raymond
Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble
With Tina Raymond at Collective Memory Project
Collective Memory Project with the Cathlene Pineda Quartet
Collective Memory Project
Circle Circle Circle Trio at Gold Lion Arts, Sacramento
Uptown Swing Orchestra at the Ovation Theatre
2017 has been eventful to say the least, and I’ve been lagging on posting updates here but not for lack of activity. Above are some photo highlights. Back in January I was pleased to accept the Jazz Educator of the Year award from the Kern County Music Educators’ Association, which was a nice prelude to our 2nd annual KCMEA Jazz Day event at Bakersfield College in April, and a few months later my acceptance of a tenure-track, full time teaching position as Director of Jazz Studies at BC. Lots of exciting things coming down the pike as we expand and develop this program…
Looking forward to setting off for Durham, England to take part in a Philosophy of Improvisation Workshop on April 17-18, organized by Andy Hamilton and presented by the Gateshead Jazz Festival and Durham University. I’ll be giving a presentation on systemic music, and later performing at the University with Mike Baggetta in our duo Tin/Bag:
The workshop will explore the concept of an aesthetics of imperfection in which spontaneous process is valued over finished product. While this aesthetic is expressed most clearly in the work of improvising musicians, it’s also necessary for higher level creative performance while following a score. The concept thus deepens our capacity to understand and appreciate both improvised and composed music. The workshop is aimed at performers, promoters, producers, researchers, teachers and jazz enthusiasts.
Participants include improvising musicians Louise Gibbs and Steve Beresford from the UK, Mike Baggetta and Kris Tiner from the US, writers Philip Clark and Andy Hamilton, as well as promoters and record producers.
I’ll be hitting the road again with NYC guitarist Mike Baggetta next week for a series of concerts and workshops in Bakersfield, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles. Full schedule below, and more info at our new website: tinbag.net