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Blair School’s Ryan Middagh awarded 2019 Chancellor’s Cup

Oct. 16, 2019—Blair School of Music Senior Lecturer Ryan Middagh was awarded the 2019 Chancellor’s Cup by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in a surprise presentation during a Blair Big Band rehearsal on Oct. 15.

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Class of 2017: David Rodgers is composing a life in music

Mar. 14, 2017—Blair School of Music senior David Rodgers is graduating with a newly released album of jazz originals he composed, arranged and performed, as well as a spot in the touring band of Grammy Award-winning blues musicians Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal.

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Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon visits Blair Tuesday for master class and performance

Sep. 12, 2016—The Nashville Jazz Composers Collective, the Blair School of Music’s professional jazz ensemble in residence, welcomes guest trombonist and composer Wycliffe Gordon, a veteran of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

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Vanderbilt to host Thomas Merton Centenary Celebration

Nov. 13, 2015—Thomas Merton's legacy as an influential Catholic author, artist and advocate for peace and civil rights will be celebrated at Vanderbilt the first week of December with events that include jazz and poetry performances.

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Blair Big Band featuring Jeff Coffin April 9

Apr. 2, 2015—The Blair Big Band closes its concert season with Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin April 9.

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Blair School of Music stalwart Billy Adair has died

Feb. 18, 2014—William “Billy” Adair, a teacher, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and backbone of the jazz program at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, has died. He was 66.

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Jazz innovator Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform Jan. 26

Jan. 22, 2014—Great Performances at Vanderbilt presents jazz innovator Jon Batiste and Stay Human at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall.

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