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.

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air1819-bernard-purdie.jpgBernard 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.


air1819-ivan-neville.jpgIvan 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.


air1819-darryl-jones.jpgDarryl 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.


air1819-donny-mccaslin.jpgDonny 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.


Artist-in-Residence Cory HenryCory 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.


  • Meet Select Previous Artists-in-Residence

    Cory Henry with a student

    • Three-time Grammy winner Cory Henry (above) performed and recorded with several ensembles during his second residency in 2018. Read more about his residency.

    • Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris performed with students for a live audience at Chicago’s famed Jazz Showcase. Learn about his residency in this video.

    • Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins joined Columbia students to perform a set of classic pop and soul tunes. Learn about his residency in this video.

    • Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne workshopped and performed with students, sharing tips and feedback on the powerful work of songwriting.

    • Lisa Fischer was featured in the Grammy-winning 2013 documenary Twenty Feet From Stardom which told the story of the unsung heros of the music industry: backup singers. Fischer shared wisdom from her years building a reputation as a music legend in her own right.

    • Composer-musician Paula Cole shared insight with students about how to build a lasting relationship with fans by being authentic to yourself. She is the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy nomination for her work.

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