Saxophone Sunday: Mike Tracy with the Brazilian Ensemble
Saxophone Sunday: Mike Tracy, saxophone, with the Brazilian Ensemble.
A veritable “Ambassador of Jazz,” Professor Michael Tracy is one of America’s foremost jazz educators, with more than forty 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,Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, and Wales. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he helped expand the jazz program at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi, Georgia (2016) and helped to establish a jazz program at the Estonian Music Academy in Tallinn, Estonia (2004)International outreach is a major component of Professor Tracy’s activities. They include coordinating and hosting groups sponsored by the Open World Cultural Program, an organization that brought jazz musicians from Russia to the United States to interact with their American counterparts. In turn, he took jazz ensembles from the University of Louisville to perform at jazz festivals in numerous Russian locations. As coordinator for a FIPSE/CAPES grant, Tracy was responsible for organizing and overseeing student exchanges between the University of Louisville, the Universidade de Brasília and Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He also worked with CEC Arts Link, helping to provide artists from the Republic of Georgia and the Ukraine opportunities to experience jazz in America. Tracy has also been instrumental in establishing faculty and student exchanges and workshops with institutions in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador,Japan, Poland, Republic of Georgia and Russia.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 1:00pm
School of Music, Bird Recital Hall
105 W. Brandeis Ave. , Louisville, Kentucky 40292