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Jazz Icons Christian McBride and Rodney Whitaker

Friday, October 10, 2014

Photo courtesy of NPR In 2013, the Michigan State University College of Music received a $1 million endowment to launch a Jazz Studies In Residence program. The program is launching this week with renowned bassist and composer Christian McBride kicking things off. MSU Director of Jazz Studies Rodney Whitaker and McBride both talked with WDET’s Alex Trajano about the challenges of Jazz education, the importance of mentorship and how the endowment was acquired.