Jazz improv master class, concert to be held at VanderCook

VanderCook Director of Communications
Sun Apr 22, 2018

Three leaders in music education – Yamaha, Quinlan & Fabish Music Company and VanderCook College of Music – are proud to welcome acclaimed tenor saxophonist Jeff Rupert to VanderCook on May 3, 2018. Mr. Rupert will present a master class for VanderCook students and school students from the Chicagoland area. VanderCook’s Jazz Band and Percussion Ensembles will perform later in the evening with Mr. Rupert as the guest.


The master class begins at 1:00 and the concert at 7:00 p.m. Both events will be held at VanderCook College of Music, 3125 South Federal Street. Both events are free but reservations are recommended. Additional information is available at http://www.vandercook.edu/events/rupert-master-class.


Mr. Rupert’s appearance is part of an ongoing initiative to bring Yamaha performing artists to VanderCook for specialized master classes. The initiative is the first of its kind among Yamaha’s outreach programs. Yamaha, Quinlan & Fabish, and the 109-year-old VanderCook College of Music all share the philosophy of enriching lives through high quality music education, and empowering musicians and music teachers at all levels. The guest artist initiative with VanderCook began last October with a class and concert by the renowned quintet Boston Brass.


The master class with Mr. Rupert, which will focus on jazz improvisation for student musicians and educators, is coordinated by Director of Jazz Studies Anthony Kidonakis, a native of Morris, IL, and frequent performer in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. “Jeff Rupert is such a dynamic and soulful musician with a commitment to jazz education,” says Kidonakis. “I’m really looking forward to his gift of teaching to our students and guests at the master class.”


Director of Percussion Studies James Yakas, who directs the student percussion ensembles performing at the evening’s concert, concurs. “I can tell you from working for a year with Jeff that he is one of the most engaging, exciting clinicians in the area of jazz improvisation. His virtuosity and expertise in connecting the art of jazz to young people will make this a standout master class.” In addition to joining the student percussion ensembles at the evening’s concert, Mr. Rupert will also perform with Yakas in VanderCook’s newly formed Faculty Jazz Trio.


VanderCook students are music education majors working towards teaching licensure in addition to their degrees. All VanderCook undergraduates learn to play and teach 19 instruments, and complete over 60 days of supervised classroom instruction, by the time they graduate.


Jeff Rupert is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida and the founder of Flying Horse Records. He has appeared on numerous recordings as a featured soloist for artists including Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Benny Carter, Ernestine Anderson, Sam Rivers and Maynard Ferguson, among many others. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals throughout the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and Chicago Blues Festival, and on the stages of many notable venues such as the Blue Note, the Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.

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2018 - Spring - Issue 14