October 18, 2014
Looking forward to being back in Argentina seeing and playing music with old friends and meeting new ones. Performing at the La Plata Jazz Festival and teaching at the EMU 6th Seminario Internacional de Jazz for an exciting and intense week.
Performing at the BeBop Jazz Club in Buenos Aires with my old Brazlian friends – Renato Vasconcellos, Bruno Medina, Paulo André, Oswaldo Amorim and Leander Motta on Monday, November 10. Will be at tje BeBop Jazz Club again on Friday, November 14 with Alejandro Demogli, Jeff Siegle and Rich Syracuse. Very different and exciting groups.
Joining me at the La Plata Jazz Festival will be the University of Louisville (UofL) International Jazz Ensemble: Thiago Wojtowicz – tenor sax (Brazil), Thomaz Souza – alto sax (Brazil), Claudia Martinez – guitar (Ecuador), Iara Gomes – piano (Brazil), Andrey Gonsalves – bass (Brazil) and Israel Cuenca – drums (Ecuador)
Finally, I will be teaching as part of the 6th Seminario Internacional de Jazz presented by Emu Educación Musical. Thank you Waldo Brandwajnman for offering me the opportunity to work with you group once again.
October 21, 2014
I am very honored to have been designated as a 2014 University of Louisville Alumni Fellow. The Alumni Fellow awards are presented annually to graduates who have proven to be exemplary ambassadors for their UofL schools and colleges through their contributions to their professional fields and their communities. UofL schools or colleges nominate Alumni Fellows and final selection is made by the Alumni. Visit Alumni Fellow Award for a video presentation.
Today in Comstock Hall, UofL. Michael Tracy, Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville, received the 2014 Alumni Fellow award. These awards are in recognition of superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. In the picture, Graduate Teaching Assistants along with director Michael Tracy after their performance. — with Andrey Junca Goncalves, Claudia Martinez, Thomaz Souza, Michael Tracy, Thiago Wojtowicz, Iara Gomes and David Israel Cuenca Ordonez.
Images: Mike Tracy Alumni Fellows MT with Dean Doane Group
MT with Dean Doane and the Swanns Presentation with Dean Doane and Samir Kambarov
MT with Dean Doane and Samir Kambarov
October 18, 2014
Ecuador is a very diverse country from Quito in the Andes to Guayaquil on the Pacific Ocean. The UofL Jazz Faculty Ensemble: Ansyn Banks – trumpet, Craig Wagner – guitar, Chris Fitzgerald – bass and Mike Hyman – drums – will be joining me for a ten day tour visiting both cities. In addition to experiencing the culture, visiting old friend and making ones, the group will be performing and presenting workshops for students at the Universidad de Las Américas and Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayauil. We will also perform at El Pobre Diablo in Quito on Thursday May 22. I have had the pleasure of playing at the club and it should be a great evening. Look for photos and videos from our adventure.