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The UW JAZZ ORCHESTRA was established in 1968 by trombone professor Allen Chase. Its directors have included bassist Richard Davis, saxophonist Les Thimmig, trombonist Claude Cailliet, and trumpeter Jim Doherty. The Orchestra, now under the direction of UW Madison Director of Jazz Studies Johannes Wallmann, workshops and performs music ranging from the classic big band repertoire to contemporary and cutting-edge concert jazz music by today’s leading jazz composers. Performers in the 2016-2017 UW Jazz Orchestra include Nicholas Berkhout, Melonie Wright, Rachel Heuer, Nate France, Patrick Specht (saxophones); Kris Gilmore, Matthew Grinde, Rachael Stein, Travis Drow, Nicole Gray (trumpets); Michael Madden, Noah Guidry, Shawn Zhou, Ethan Warden (trombones); Ian DeWet (guitar); Sam Moffet (piano); Isaac Surprenant (bass); John Payne and Jordan Kowalski (drums and percussion).

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