Emerald City Jazz Kings 2011-12
Glenn Griffith
Background, professional training and performance history
A trombonist, Glenn was a teaching assistant in Jazz Arranging at North Texas State University and directed one of the nine jazz ensembles. After receiving a master’s degree, he joined the S/S Norway big band as lead trombonist. During the yearly Floating Jazz Festivals, Glenn performed in the bands of Clark Terry, Erskine Hawkins, Ray Anthony and Lionel Hampton. While working at sea, Glenn circumnavigated the globe three times. In 1992 Glenn made Eugene his home and has performed with the Emerald City Jazz Kings, Starlighters Big Band, Caliente, Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, and with the Dick Hyman All-Stars. From 1998-2001 Glenn worked aboard the Mississippi Queen and American Queen playing traditional New Orleans jazz. Now back in Eugene, Glenn is currently director of the Jazz Academy at the Shedd, as well as directing the Spencer Butte and “South Eugene 2” jazz bands and teaching part time at Lane Community College.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
"We have designed The Jazz Academy to offer a more intensive approach to studies in jazz by performing in jazz combos. Students learn to use lead sheets for melodic playing and improvisation. Students also learn about music form and the nature of group improvisation and performance. I believe that the mental focus that it takes to improvise, work with other musicians and make spontaneous decisions within a jazz group will give my students a model for how to work with others throughout their life, regardless of what they choose to do."
Instruments & classes taught
Glen is the director of the Jazz Academy, The Shedd’s premiere performing student ensemble, during the school year and of the 2-week OFAM Jazz Academy each August.
May 6-15Jazz Kings 2010-11Coast To Coast
Oct 13-21Jazz Kings 2011-12Jukebox Saturday Night
Feb 2-10Jazz Kings 2011-12Pick Yourself Up
Oct 11-19Jazz Kings 2012-13The Very Thought Of You
Feb 7-15Jazz Kings 2012-13Flying Home
May 9-17Jazz Kings 2012-13You Made Me Love You
Aug 6OFAM 2013Boogie Woogie Bugle BoyJaqua
Oct 10-19Jazz Kings 2013-14At The Jazz Band Ball
Feb 13-22Jazz Kings 2013-14Give Me A Song
May 2-11Jazz Kings 2013-14Bésame Mucho
Aug 7OFAM 2014Over The RainbowJaqua
Oct 9-12Jazz Kings 2014-15Come Fly With Me
Feb 6-15Jazz Kings 2014-15Avalon
Mar 13SP 2014-15Jaqua
May 7-10Jazz Kings 2014-15Why Don't You Do Right?
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Jazz Kings 2011-12 Schedule
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