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Jazz Clinics

The jazz clinic series at LIU Brooklyn features established and emerging musicians who are recognized in their fields, and who have made a commitment to teaching as well as performing. Our diverse jazz clinics series has featured a wide range of clinicians from NEA Jazz Master vocalist Sheila Jordan to Grammy Award winning drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. Our series provides our students the unique opportunity to work side by side with these top professionals, and to learn from their years of performing experience and teaching methodology.

The series takes place on select Tuesdays, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Barbara Elliot Performing Arts Studio, RM H-106 in the Humanities Building. All clinics are free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Sam Newsome at or 718-488-1000, ext. 1874.

Upcoming Clinics

Kaoru Watanabe, "Such Sweet Thunder: Taiko Drums and Japanese Shinobue Flutes," February 11

Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based practitioner of various Japanese transverse bamboo flutes or the shinobue and the taiko drum. His music can be described as an ever-shifting blend of the folk and classical traditions of Japan with contemporary improvisational and experimental music.  Kaoru has performed with such artists as Jason Moran, Imani Uzuri, Alicia Hall Moran, Adam Rudolph and Kiyohiko Semba and Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo  and was a performing member and artistic director of the iconic Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade.  In recent years, Kaoru has performed and taught across Europe, the South, Central and North Americas, Australia and Asia.  Kaoru has taught courses on taiko drumming and Japanese music at Princeton and Wesleyan Universities and Dickinson and Colby Colleges.  Kaoru's fue are provided by master flute maker Ranjo.

Steve Wilson, "Saxophonist, Professor, and Recording Artist,: April 1

Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. A musician's musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Karrin Allyson, Don Byron, Bill Stewart, James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. Wilson has seven recordings under his own name, leading and collaborating with such stellar musicians as Lewis Nash, Carl Allen, Steve Nelson, Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Irwin, James Genus, Larry Grenadier, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley, and Nicholas Payton.