Eastman Jazz Studies Department Puts out 5th Annual Recording

Arts and Entertainment

March 14, 2019

From: Eastman School Of Music

Capturing a definitive performance of one’s work can be a challenging task for even the most seasoned professional musicians. But for the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media department (JCM) at the Eastman School of Music, the recording process has always been a crucial component of the learning process. For the past five years, the department has produced an annual recording highlighting the works of students in large and small group settings, giving student composers and arrangers the opportunity to lead and prepare a group of musicians, as well as receive studio time for recording their works.

Through the generosity of the Kenlou foundation, Eastman’s JCM Department is proud to present its fifth annual recording, Jazz at Eastman 2018. For this year’s project, students were invited to submit sample recordings of their compositions and arrangements. Student works were vetted by Jazz department faculty through a blind submission process, with nine pieces finally chosen for the album. These pieces were rerecorded at The Studio at Linden Oaks, one of Rochester’s premier recording studios.

“Having the opportunity to create an annual recorded document of our students’ work is invaluable for the JCM department,” shared Professor and department chair Jeff Campbell. “There is a palpable buzz at the recording session each year and the students truly rise to the occasion. These recordings provide a great educational tool, allowing our students the chance to present their work at a professional level.”

New to the project this year is the inclusion of five short film cues, composed by students from Eastman’s newly launched degree in Film Music and Contemporary Media, which was founded in 2016 and is now in its second year. This degree is under the umbrella of the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at Eastman School of Music; Directed by Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor Mark Watters, its mission is to provide students with instruction and experiences that prepare them for the increasing and evolving opportunities to write, produce, and perform music for film and contemporary media.

All five of the Eastman Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Recordings can be purchased by visiting https://eastman.bncollege.com, under textbooks.