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Western Colorado's Selective University

Jazz Festival

May 1, 2017

Open to instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles at the middle and high school level. An outstanding ensemble of the day will be invited to perform on the evening concert with CMU Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Chords.

Registration Includes:

• Festival performance

• Recorded comments by a panel of top jazz educators

• Clinic with one of the jazz educators

• Midday performances by our clinicians

• Free admission to the final concert featuring the selected outstanding ensemble of the day, CMU Vocal Chords and Jazz Ensemble, and our fine clinicians


8am-5pm Festival performances

12pm Performance by our professional clinicians for all students

6:30pm Sound check for outstanding ensemble of the day

7:30pm Final Concert

Registration Form

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Clinician Bios


Tom Collier, vibraphone

Tom Collier has appeared in concert and on recordings with many important jazz and popular artists and has released several jazz albums. In the classical arena, Collier has appeared as guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony, The Denver Symphony, The Bellevue Philharmonic, and many others. He has been Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Washington since 1980.


Alycia Vince, voice

Alycia Vince currently lives and thrives in the vibrant town of Grand Junction, Colorado where she maintains a busy performance schedule with local artists and musicians. A singer primarily, Alycia also shines as a fiddle player in the Colorado-based blue grass band, Stray Grass. Her trio of musicians, including guitar player John Schultz and bassist Mike Facey, impress and inspire listeners as they cover an array of their uniquely arranged jazz, blues and blue grass standards. And her duo work with different blues singers, slide guitarists, and banjo players elicit swooning and dancing from countless audiences. Originally from Sheridan, WY, Alycia attended the School of Music at Western Michigan University on a jazz scholarship after being recruited to Michigan by Professor Sunny Wilkinson-Newman. The school presented many opportunities for Alycia, including participation for three years in the world acclaimed vocal jazz group Gold Company. She was privileged to travel the country with the group, taking trips to New York City to perform with the group and solo in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In the past ten years, Alycia has shared the stage and performed with jazz artists such as Fred Hersch, Bobby McFerrin, Billy Hart, Sunny Wilkinson, and Janis Segal. She has also taken part in the albums “All I Need” with Brian Fraaza and “Parallels” with Drew Raklovits. In 2010, Alycia was asked to write for and join Ryan Andrews on his new CD “Requiem.” She debuted her own CD “If It Wasn’t For You” in 2011, and in 2013 she released a funky line up of jazz standards on her latest album, “Alycia Vince, Live at the Carriage House”.


Joe Anderies

Joe Anderies attended Mesa College (now Colorado Mesa University) and North Texas State University where he majored in jazz studies and flute performance later graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver with degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education. Subsequently he obtained his masters degree at the University of Colorado in Music Education and Saxophone. Concluding 25 years of teaching in Douglas County and Denver Public Schools, Joe recently retired in order to concentrate on his performing, music publishing, and clinician initiatives, and working to create more opportunities for young people to have quality music education. Joe’s past performance and recording experiences include his international group IMAGES as well as collaborations with Rob Mullins, Ron Miles, Chuck Lamb, Eric Gunnison, Hugh Ragin, Paul Romaine, Kenwood Dennard, Bennie Maupin, Larry Coryell and Nestor Torres. Joe continues to lead groups and produce jazz concerts in the Denver area and around the State.


Tim Emmons

Timothy Emmons is an active freelance musician in Los Angeles California and a veteran of over two hundred and eighty film and television scores including Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek XI, X and Into Darkness, Mission Impossible 3 and 4, Lost, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Incredibles, and many others. He has played in the pit and on stage for dozens of major theatrical productions including Curtains, Swing, Candide, Swan Lake, and Ragtime. Tim also developed the role of  “Uncle Chester”, the Beatnik bass player, in five different productions of “Forever Plaid”. Gamers can hear him on the low end of the soundtracks of Fall of Liberty, Splinter Cell, Halo, Call of Duty, Jumper, Assassin’s Creed II, Advent Rising and Bioshock 2. An eclectic musician, Tim has played Contrabass on recordings for Stevie Wonder and Beyonce, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Justin Timberlake, Michael Buble, Kenny G, Andrea Boccelli, young opera phenomenon Jackie Evancho and “Popera” artists Katherine Jenkins and Paul Potts as well as pop singers Rufus Wainright, Brandy, John Tesh, Celine Dion and Toni Braxton. Tim has performed live with a diverse array of artists including jazz vocalists Natalie Cole and Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer, jazz guitar virtuosos Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, R&B pioneers Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, master jazz saxophonists Art Pepper, and Eddie Harris, Motown artists Mary Wells and Martha Reeves, and Swing-Era staples Lionel Hampton and the Glenn Miller orchestra. Tim is the author of “Odd Meter Bass”, a book/CD Bass method published by Alfred Music. He is co-author, along with Fred Sokolow, of “Fretboard Roadmaps published by Hal Leonard Music. He is a contributor to “The Funkmasters; The Rhythm Sections of James Brown” and has written numerous articles for Bass Player magazine. Tim serves as jazz bass instructor at Colorado Mesa University and plays bass in the CMU Faculty Jazz Quintet.                                

Tim Fox

Tim Fox graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Music Education. He has played trumpet and/or piano in the Chicago area, in Colorado's Western Slope, and on the road, with the likes of "The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra," under the direction of Buddy Morrow, with "The Temptations" and "The Four Tops," with Eric Alexander, Ed Soph, Red Skelton, Barbara Eden, Connie Francis, Mitzi Gaynor, and with many morre. He is currently a freelance musician, a member of the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Jazz Quartet, a member of the Josefina Mendez Jazz trio, and works in the RE-1 School District. Tim also facilitates, with the generous support of Jazz Aspen.