James Madison University School of Music

Jazz at JMU


B.M., San Jose State University; M.M. & M.A., The University of Michigan; Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Andrew Connell is an ethnomusicologist whose primary research is in Brazilian popular instrumental music, focusing on issues of identity and musical globalization. He has recent articles published in Music Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects, Past and Present (UCLA Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology) and Women and Music in America Since 1900 (Greenwood Press) and has given presentations at various national and international conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council of Traditional Music. His current scholarly activities include completing a book on Brazilian jazz.

As a performer, Dr. Connell plays saxophone and clarinet in ensembles ranging from jazz to classical chamber music to Brazilian chorinho. He studied jazz improvisation and arranging with Ray Brown, clarinet with Rosario Mazzeo, Janet Averett, and Fred Ormand, and saxophone with Don Sinta. He has played with the Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Toledo (Ohio) Symphonies, and has appeared at the Monterey, Montreux–Detroit, and San Francisco jazz festivals, and the Spoleto Festival USA. In addition, Dr. Connell has performed with a wide range artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Dave Leibman, Lou Rawls, Mike Marshall, and Hermeto Pascoal, and has recorded for the Musical Heritage Society, Intrada, Adventure Music, Earthbeat! Traveler, and Acoustic Levitation labels. At James Madison University, Dr. Connell teaches courses in American music, the history of jazz, world music, and coaches small jazz ensembles.

Email: connelam@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.3850

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CHARLES DOTAS, Professor; Director of Jazz Studies

Chuck Dotas is a Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at James Madison University, where he directs the JMU Jazz Ensemble and is also Coordinator for the JMU Office of International Programs' Summer Study Abroad jazz residency "The Arts and Culture of Montreal."  Professor Dotas holds a B.M. from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay; M.M., Eastman School of Music; and D.A., University of Northern Colorado.  From 1994-1998 he was a member of the Faculty of Jazz Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Dotas also taught in the Wisconsin public schools for six years. He is active as a clinician and composer-in-residence at universities and jazz festivals throughout the United States, and is well known as a composer and arranger.  He has been commissioned to compose for the Staunton Music Festival yearly since 2005, and his music for jazz ensemble has been performed in Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and throughout the United States. His music is published through UNC Jazz Press, Walrus Music, and Margun Music.

Email: dotascj@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6180

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MARLON FOSTER, Instructor - Jazz Drum Set

B.M.Ed., M.M., James Madison University. He has conducted and adjudicated workshops involving marching and concert percussion and jazz band rhythm sections throughout Virginia. He has also conducted All-District and many Virginia honor bands at the middle school level. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base under the direction of Lowell E. Graham. He has also performed in the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. He continues to perform jazz with many local ensembles. He is currently the director of bands at Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg.

Email: fosterma@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6763

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ROBERT HALLAHAN, Assistant Professor

Since beginning his career as a jazz pianist in 1975,
Bob Hallahan has been heard across the U.S. and around the world, in concerts, nightclubs and jazz festivals from East Coast to West and as far as Beijing, China, where he toured as part of a cultural exchange sponsored by United Airlines. He has appeared as a featured solo pianist at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and as a sideman with jazz luminaries such as saxophonists Joe Henderson, James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Arthur Blythe, Clifford Jordan and Bud Shank, trumpeters Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard and Byron Stripling, trombonists Conrad Herwig and Wycliffe Gordon, guitarist Pat Metheny and singers Anita O’Day, Sheila Jordan, and René Marie.  Other festival and club appearances include the East Coast Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., Zinno and the Jazz Standard in New York, The Deer’s Head Inn in Pennsylvania, Nardis in Istanbul, Turkey and Le Club in Moscow, Russia. 

Since 1997 Bob has been the pianist with Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm, and can be heard on the band’s five recordings to date: Blue Blaze, Time to Play, Hands On, Heartbeat and Inner Rhythm, Live!  Other recordings include I Thought about You with saxophonist Fred Haas, and The Street Where You Live with guitarist Adam Larrabee. Jazz writer Joel Siegel of Washington D.C.’s City Paper and Jazz Times magazine described Bob as a “ … thoughtful, lyrical pianist (who) can swing hard when required…”, and Owen Cordle of The Raleigh News and Observer found his playing “… reminiscent of Oscar Peterson at his most swinging…”.  He has appeared on nearly two dozen recordings as both a sideman and leader.  His latest recording, Here with the Bob Hallahan Trio was released in September, 2014 on the 32 Bar label.
An experienced jazz educator, Bob joined the faculty of James Madison University’s School of Music in Harrisonburg, VA in 2010, where he is teaching applied jazz study, jazz theory and jazz improvisation in the new jazz major curriculum.  He was on the Jazz Studies Program faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1981 to 2010 teaching applied jazz piano, jazz keyboard class, small jazz ensembles, jazz history and jazz appreciation, and regularly performing in schools and communities around the Commonwealth with the VCU Jazz Masters faculty quintet.  Bob also taught jazz piano at the University of Virginia from 1988 to 2010.  While there, he was a co-founder and played in the highly acclaimed Free Bridge Quintet  from 1998 to 2010.  In 1990, Bob took a one-semester leave of absence from VCU and UVA to assume the post of artist-in-residence at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.  He also teaches every summer at Interplay Jazz Camp in Vermont, and was on the faculty of Izmir International Jazz Camp in Turkey in 2012 and 2013. 

Email: hallahrf@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.5278

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BRETT KIRBY, Instructor

Mr. Kirby is currently band director at Thomas Harrison Middle School and Jazz Ensemble Director at Harrisonburg High School. He is also on the music faculty at James Madison University teaching Jazz Improvisation, Woodwind Techniques and Jazz Combos. Past teaching positions include Music Director and Fine Arts Department Head at Stuart Hall School, Elementary, and Secondary Music Education for Fairfax County Public Schools (VA), Director of the Jazz Department at the Durham School of the Arts in Durham, North Carolina, and Saxophone and Clarinet instructor at Bridgewater College. He holds a bachelors degree from George Mason University and Masters of Music degree from Boston University. Additional graduate work has been completed from Illinois State University. Mr. Kirby has also recently presented sessions for the Virginia Music Educators Association annual state conference and regional conferences for NAfME. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

As a professional Musician, Mr. Kirby has played the role of Composer, Arranger, Contractor, Performer. He performed for the 24th and 25th International Saxophone Symposiums and has shared the stage with Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, and The Allman Brothers Band, Duffy Jackson, Denis Diblasio, Ron Carter, and Ed Soph. He has also performed with the Mclean Symphony, the Virginia Grand Military Band, Los Gatos, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra of Washington D.C., Take Note, The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, Funk 45, Swing Shift and as a guest soloist with the JMU jazz ensemble. He can currently be heard playing with groups in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. His former teachers include Dale Underwood (Soloist with the United States Navy Band), and Jim Carroll (Saxophonist with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Unites States Army Band)

Email: kirbybd@jmu.edu

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ADAM LARRABEE, Instructor - Jazz Guitar

Adam Larrabee has appeared as a sideman on Bruce Hornsby's album "Spirit Trail" and has involved himself in a wide variety of projects in the past few years from playing banjo in the bluegrass group "Joy Kills Sorrow", guitar in the chamber-jazz group "Andromeda", classical mandolin with "The Richmond Classical Guitar Quartet" and mandocello with "Enigmatica", recording and performing with rising jazz prodigy Grace Kelly, and his exploration of the music of Central France with "Le Bon Vent". In 2006, he won an Independent Music Award for his composition "Norwegian Slip" in the world/fusion category. Most recently, Adam has released a duo CD with pianist Bob Hallahan entitled "The Street Where You Live" in addition to a recreation of Duke Ellington's classic recording "Money Jungle" recording with his current trio with drummer Brian Jones and bassist Randall Pharr. In October 2009, Adam played banjo with "Love Canon", backing up rising pop/folk star Josh Ritter on a sold out two week tour of Ireland. In Oct 2010 Adam traveled to Ankara, Turkey for the Haceteppe Konservatory Jazz Festival and played in the premiere of "Ben Seni Variations" a work for Orchestra and Jazz Octet by Doug Richards. Adam taught jazz theory, composition and arranging at The New England Conservatory in Boston for nine years and currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and teaches classical and jazz guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, banjo and mandolin at the University of Virginia and improv and small jazz ensemble at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Email: larrabaj@jmu.edu

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Karine Chapdelaine, Instructor - Jazz Bass

Bassist Karine Chapdelaine has lead an active career in music that includes international performances in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, Canadian public radio shows, and has garnered vast experience recording jazz and pop albums. In 2001 Karine won a spot in the International Association of Jazz Educator's "Sisters in Jazz" competition, performing in New York City, Washington DC, and in Europe. The group opened for a number of jazz legends including Kenny Baron, Regina Carter, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the Brecker Brothers at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Pori Jazz Festival. The 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival honored her with the "Galaxy Prize" for best composition. Endorsed by "Godin Guitars," she is a repeat performer at the Kennedy Center, and at Carnegie Hall with Paquito D'Rivera's Latin Jazz Workshop. She has also shared the stage with jazz icons such as McCoy Tyner, "Bunky" Green, and Cecil Bridgewater, as well as winning one of Downbeat Magazine's Student Awards for "Outstand Performance in Jazz for 2011."

A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Karine later earned two Masters Degrees from Howard University in Washington DC; one in Jazz Studies, and one in Music Education. Presently, she lives in the DC metro area, and continues to compose and perform music in a variety of settings, as well as teaching early childhood music education, upright bass, and French.

Email: chapdekx@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6180

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DAVID POPE, Professor

Professor of Saxophone, David Pope has been on the faculty since 2000. He is the Distinguished Teacher of the College of Visual and Performing Arts for 2012-13. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with additional studies at the University of Miami.

David has extensively trained as a classical and a jazz saxophonist and is an active composer and author. He has penned the regular column “Creative Jazz Improvisation” for Saxophone Journal since 1995. In demand as a performer and clinician, he has appeared at the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, College Band Directors National Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association. He has presented masterclasses and recitals at the Eastman School of Music, University of Southampton, California State University, Fresno, University of Northern Colorado, University of Northern Iowa, University of Massachusetts, and Bucknell University. He has also been a featured artist at the New England Saxophone Symposium.

The Pioneer Saxophone Quartet (with Lynn Klock, Angela Space, and George Weremchuk) has been in-residence at SUNY Oswego, James Madison University, the New England Saxophone Symposium, the Central Florida Sax Fest, and the University of Miami. They premiered new works at the World Saxophone Congress 2012, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

Widely recognized for his unique work with multiphonics, David has recorded a CD for Open Loop Records and two masterclass CDs for Saxophone Journal. His writings are available from Hal Leonard, Dorn Publications, and Ex Tempore. He has additional recordings on Albany Records and Dazzle Recordings.

David Pope plays R. S. Berkeley “Virtuoso” saxophones and endorses Applied Microphone Technology.


Email: popedj@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6762

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