Last February, a full house of friends, family fans and students, over 200 in all, came together to honor MSU Jazz Studies Professor Randy “Uncle G” Gelispie. This was JAMM’s Fourth Annual Tribute Event and Randy was an easy choice when the time came to vote on who to celebrate. Some major swing, be-bop, funk and more, from people like Randy’s longtime collaborators Bill Heid and Perry Hughes , came pouring from The Avenue Cafe that day. The laughter and love were in abundance as well, all because Mr. Randy Gelispie allowed us to honor him with this much deserved tribute party.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 JAMM Tribute Concert featuring this years honorees Ron and Sunny! This 5th Annual JAMM Tribute Concert is sure to be a sellout. Don’t be left out–get your tickets today! Day of or at-the-door tickets are $10 more (that’s if there are any left)
As a couple, they have set very high standards for students studying jazz and are well worth the attention of listeners. As individuals, they have influenced the lives of many in the jazz world. Ron Newman, a graduate of N. Texas State with a doctorate from MSU, has been on the faculty since the middle 70′s and has been a strong force in the Michigan jazz scene. He developed Jazz Bands I & II from struggling ensembles into award winners and has been a successful instructor of jazz improvisation, arranging, pedagogy, history and a professor of music theory. Continue reading