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Event Type Description
Foundational Focuses feature a Presenting Artist exploring fundamental aspects of jazz composition and arranging using examples from the jazz canon as well as their own writing.
Characteristics of Strong Melodies. See works presented slide below.
About the Presenting Artists(s)
Rich DeRosa is a drummer, arranger, Grammy-nominated composer, and Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas. Since 2012, he has conducted and arranged for the prestigious WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and served as the band’s chief conductor from 2014-2016. Recent recording collaborations with the band feature Ron Carter, Garry Dial & Dick Oatts, and Richie Beirach. He has also arranged and conducted music for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring Toots Thielemans, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, and Veronica Swift among others.
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