The Music Department brings nationally and internationally recognized professional musicians to Columbia for week-long residencies every semester. The artists lead workshops, master classes, and rehearsals with student ensembles in preparation for recording sessions and public performances.
About the 2018-19 Artists-in-Residence
Columbia will welcome four esteemed professional musicians to workshop, record, and perform with Music students as part of the 2018-19 Artists-in-Residence program.
You can purchase tickets to the residency concerts at tickets.colum.edu
Bernard Purdie (November 5-11, 2018)
As a studio drummer, Bernard Purdie has been one of the most-recorded musicians in history, playing with legends including Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, The Rolling Stones, and James Brown. Colleagues describe his style as the "funkiest soul beat" in the business. During his residency, Purdie will workshop with several ensembles, including the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble and Chicago Vox. He’ll bring his proficiencies in fusion, funk, and straight-ahead jazz drumming to an exciting concert series with students at the Jazz Showcase.
Ivan Neville (November 12-16, 2018)
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Ivan Neville leads legendary New Orleans-based group Dumpstaphunk. Son of Aaron Neville, he performed often with the Neville Brothers and played with musicians including Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones, and Paula Abdul. He brings a broad range of experience as a bandleader and sideman across genres. Neville will give students insight into making a career out of playing well with others. His residency concert will feature several ensembles, and is part of Columbia's Collective Impact Sereis on community engagement and social justice in artmaking.
Darryl Jones (February 18-22, 2019)
Darryl Jones, a Chicago native, played bass for Sting and toured the world as the bassist in the Rolling Stones. He also performed with Peter Gabriel, Madonna, and Eric Clapton. He founded Jones Musical Instruments to produce high-quality basses and guitars, combining artisan craftsmanship and modern technologies. Highly sought-after by some of the best touring bands in the world, Jones is in a unique position to share how he developed his unique sound while working within established bands. He will workshop with several Columbia ensembles and perform with students at the Music Center.
Donny McCaslin (March 4-10, 2019)
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band were featured on David Bowie’s Blackstar. With three Grammy nominations and 11 albums to his name, McCaslin has built a career around experimentation and pushing boundaries. NPR calls his latest work "exhilarating art rock." He’ll help students find their own unique voices as performers while staying relevant and contemporary. His residency will culminate in performances with Columbia ensembles at the Jazz Showcase. He will also participate in Columbia's Deep Dish Music Festival, an invitational music festival for high school and community college ensembles.
Cory Henry (March 11-15, 2019)
Three-time Grammy winner Cory Henry's recently released album with Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles blends blues, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, gospel, and jazz. His work with instrumental jazz-pop orchestra Snarky Puppy has garnered him rave reviews as one of today's most inventive musicians. In-residence for the third time this spring, Henry will play with our American Roots Ensemble as well as our R&B, Fusion, and Gospel showcases. He'll also record in the studio with our Recording and Performance Ensemble.
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