Westfield State University to offer Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2020
CONTACT: Troy Watkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 413.572.5523
Westfield— The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer a series of Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops on the campus of Westfield State University this spring semester. These workshops will take place on Monday evenings, 6–8 p.m., January 27–April 6.
In this series of 10 workshops, participants will rehearse and perform the music of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with lead sheets, solos, and arrangements transcribed by the director, Wayne Roberts. Improvisational skills are not required and no audition is necessary.
The cost for this series is $250. To find out more information or to register online, visit www.westfield.ma.edu/jazzworkshop.
About the instructor
Wayne Roberts is a visiting lecturer and bass professor at Westfield State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and master’s degree from the Juilliard School, after which he worked with many notable musicians. In 1998, Wayne formed the Onyx Club Sextet, featuring the music of the John Kirby Sextet, which gained him international acclaim. In 2015, he was a member of the faculty for “Jazz in July” at UMass Amherst.
Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information, visit us at www.westfield.ma.edu, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/westfieldstate, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldStateUniversity.