Focus on Faculty: Tim Ishii- Jazz: The Perfect Cultural Exchange Model
Professor Tim Ishii will perform some jazz classics then describe his work with the International Jazz and Youth Exchange. This youth exchange utilizes jazz music to bring together students from Hawaii and Germany. Ishii will be assisted by Dan Cavanagh, Professor of Jazz Studies.
Since Tim Ishii's arrival in 2004, the UTA Jazz Orchestra has been the featured guest at several regional big band festivals, and Ishii has been a featured artist/clinician. He is sought after as a performer and clinician at the state and national level. In 2011, Ishii was invited to perform at the 25th Anniversary of the Pink Pop Jugendkultur Celebration in Ibbenburen, Germany. Ishii received both his M.M. in saxophone performance and his B.M. in jazz studies performance from the University of North Texas. He is a Professor of Saxophone, is Associate Chair of the Music Department, and is the Jazz Studies Area Coordinator.
Ishii maintains a busy freelance schedule and has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Texas Wind Symphony. He has backed artists including Natalie Cole, the Temptations, Doc Severinson, Clark Terry, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Bob Mintzer, and others. Ishii is also a founding member of a contemporary saxophone quartet called Thrascher that has released two CDs and a third is planned for the near future. He is an artist/clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and D'Addario/Rico Reeds.
Dan Cavanaugh is a pianist and is assistant director of Jazz Studies. He has garnered numerous awards for his compositions. Cavanaugh's music is performed internationally, and he has received commissions from a wide range of groups across North America. He has his masters of music degree in jazz studies from the University of Oregon.
Focus on Faculty is a Speakers' Series for UT Arlington faculty, begun during 2002-2003 to provide a forum for outstanding faculty to share their research and achievements with students, faculty and staff of this campus and with the citizens of Arlington. Speakers are invited who have received major awards for research, teaching or service. These meetings are free and open to all. A light dessert reception is served.