Faculty Artist: Mike Tracy with Hora Certa

A veritable “Ambassador of Jazz,” Professor Michael Tracy is one of
America’s foremost jazz educators, with more than forty-five years of
performing and teaching experience. In classrooms, studios, and concert halls, he has developed a variety of innovative approaches to jazz education, enabling him to work with students of any proficiency. Tracy has taught and performed throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, and Wales. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he worked with and advised the jazz programs at the Estonian Music Academy in Tallinn, Estonia (2014), the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi, Georgia (2016) and
Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador (2018-19).

Professor Tracy is Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville School of Music in Louisville, Kentucky. He teaches jazz saxophone, jazz repertoire and numerous ensembles. In addition to his duties at the University, he is a longtime faculty member of the widely renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, where he has served for over forty-two years. Tracy has also made forays into the worlds of recording with seven CDs to his credit – Fotografia (2019), Hora Certa (2016), Surfboard (2012), Wingspan (2010), Conversations
(2008), Gusting (2004), Tracings (2003) and Facets (1999). An eighth CD of Brazilian jazz originals and arrangements will be released in 2019. Tracy’s publishing accomplishments include authoring the books Jazz Piano Voicings for the Non-pianist, co-authoring Pocket Changes: 421 Standard Chord Progressions and Pocket Changes II, 381 Standard Chord Progressions and Jazz Saxophone Survey: A Descriptive Analysis of 38 Saxophonists.

Professor Tracy holds a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education and Bachelor’s of Music Performance and Music Education degrees from the University of Louisville. Michael Tracy is a Yamaha Artist, D'Addario Artist playing exclusively on D’Addario Jazz Select Reeds and Friend of Bambú (ligature). For additional information please visit www.michaeltracy.com.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

School of Music, Bird Recital Hall
105 W. Brandeis Ave. , Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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Students, Faculty/staff, Alumni, Public


Music, Instrumental/Vocal Performance (Applied Music Studies), Jazz, Music Composition, Music Education, Music History, Music Theory, Music Therapy, School of Music







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