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Professor, Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies, University of Idaho

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Friday Fri, 2 Apr 2021



TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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080 -25359680

The month of April is celebrated world over as Jazz Appreciation Month. To kick-start the month, this session will serve as an introduction to the world of jazz. We will explore many facets of this African-American art form, including various styles, history and major contributors to its development.

This session is part of a series of talks − “Music genres from around the world” − presented by the Indian Music Experience Museum in collaboration with BIC. Once a quarter, an expert will present an illustrated talk on a genre of music.


About Indian Music Experience Museum:

The Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) is India’s first interactive music museum. Located in JP Nagar, Bengaluru, the IME is a non-profit initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, supported by the Brigade Group. The vision of the IME is to introduce the youth to the diversity of Indian music and to preserve India’s rich musical heritage. The IME comprises a hi-tech Exhibit Area, a Sound Garden, a Learning Centre for music education, and several performance spaces. The IME’s work spans across Exhibition, Conservation, Audience Development, Education and Community Outreach. Besides museum visits, the IME hosts a wide variety of public programs. The IME’s online activities include regular events on its Facebook page, online exhibits on the Google Arts and Culture platform, and the curation of www.chowdiah.com, a digital archive on violin maestro Mysore T. Chowdiah.


Vern Sielert

Professor, Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies, University of Idaho

Vern Sielert is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Idaho. He also serves as the artistic advisor for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. From 2001-2006 he was Director of Jazz Ensembles at the University of Washington, and he has also served on the faculties of Baylor University, Illinois State University and Millikin University. Sielert has also directed jazz ensembles at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. He holds BM degrees in jazz studies and music education, an MM degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and a DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois.

Sielert has been a student of Jack Adams, Keith Johnson, Don Jacoby, Michael Ewald and Ray Sasaki. He has performed with artists such as Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, Ronnie Milsap, The O’Jays, Bobby Shew, Michael Feinstein, Gerald Wilson, Claudio Roditi and Dee Daniels, and in such diverse settings as the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Big Band, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Walt Disney World.

Vern maintains an active performing schedule with groups such as the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Palouse Jazz Project, Idaho Brass Quintet and the Bob Curnow Big Band. His first CD, From There to Here on Pony Boy records, was released in 2007.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed by prestigious ensembles including the Count Basie Orchestra, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors and Otto Sauter’s trumpet ensemble, Ten of the Best.

Vern is also an active educator, clinician and adjudicator, and has worked at schools and jazz festivals throughout the US and Canada.