JOEL W. SPENCER

Music Educator

Professional Musician

 

Curriculum Vitae 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

JOEL W. SPENCER

Music Educator

Professional Musician

 

Curriculum Vitae 2006

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

1-2………….Education, Professional Teaching

3……………Areas of Instruction

4-5…………. Curriculum Development

6-15………... Related Teaching Activities

16-17……….Teaching Highlights

18-20………. Club Performances

21-29………. Performance Highlights

30-33………. Recordings

34………….. Television Appearances

35………….. Studio Recording, Honors and Awards

36………….. Interviews, Lifetime Organizations, Endorsements

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

                                                                                                 

                                  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

  JOEL W. SPENCER

 

4042 Fairway Drive
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
847-251-4021 (Home)
847-682-3404 (Cell) 


School of Music
Northwestern University
Regenstein Hall
60 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208
j-spencer4@northwestern.edu

 

 

Education

 

Graduate Studies                          University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

in Music

1977-1978

 

Bachelor of Science in                  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Music Education

1977

 

Instrument                          Drum Set and Percussion    

 

Professional Teaching

 

2001-present

Northwestern University, School of Music, Evanston, Illinois

Rank: Artistic Coordinator and Lecturer, Jazz Studies Program

Director, Jazz Ensemble I

Coordinator and Director, Jazz Combo Program

Lecturer, Graduate Jazz Pedagogy Degree Program

Lecturer, Jazz History

Instructor, Studio Jazz Percussion

 

1999-present

National High School Music Institute- Summer Session

Northwestern University, School of Music, Evanston, Illinois

Rank: Coordinator, Jazz Studies Program

Jazz Ensemble Director and Coach

Studio Percussion

Clinician

Northwestern University Summer Master’s Program

Director, Jazz Ensemble I

                                                         

 


    

 

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PROFESSIONAL TEACHING  (continued)

 

 

 

1986-present

DePaul University, School of Music, Chicago, Illinois

Rank: Lecturer

Percussion Studio/Drum Set Studies

Small Jazz Ensemble Conductor

Jazz History Lecturer

Clinician

Jazz Studies Program

Professor Robert Lark, Director

 

 

 

1978-1980

Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois

Rank: Lecturer

Percussion Ensemble Director

Studio Percussion and Drum Set

Jazz Ensemble, Assistant Conductor

Lecturer of Music Literature 101

Clinician

General Music Program

Professor Gerald Lewis, Director

 

 

 

1977-1978

University of Illinois, School of Music, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Rank: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jazz Ensemble Director

Clinician

Jazz Band Department

Professor John Garvey, Director

 

 

 

1973-1981

University of Illinois, School of Music, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Illinois Summer Youth Music- Summer Sessions

Ensemble Coach, Jazz Camp

Clinician

Professor John Garvey, Director

 

 

 

 

                                                                       


 

 

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Areas of Instruction

 

 

 

Administrative

Artistic Coordinator, Jazz Studies Program

Coordinator, Jazz Combo Program

 

 

 

Jazz Ensembles- Conducting/Coaching

Combo

Large Ensemble

 

 

 

Classroom

Jazz History

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Jazz Pedagogy

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Music Education

Professional Music Business

 

 

 

Studio Instruction

Drum Set Studies

Contemporary Snare Drum Studies

 

 

 

Clinician

Combo

Jazz Ensemble

Drum Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           


   

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Curriculum Development

 

I have created two jazz history courses that I currently instruct at Northwestern University.

 

 

The Great Jazz Drummers

 

This course discusses the evolution of the Jazz Drummer in relation to the development of Jazz in the 20th century. Students are required to identify and describe the playing styles of fifteen innovative and influential jazz drummers in the history of the music. The main objective of the course requires students to elaborate on the development of Jazz as an art form in regard to the ever-changing social climate of the 20th century.

 

 

 

The History of Big Band Jazz

 

This course traces the evolution of Big Band Jazz in the 20th century in relation to compositional style and development. The main objective of the course requires students to discuss and elaborate on the evolution of Big Band Jazz and it’s relationship to the war years and the phenomenon of “swing” as a popular music. The course features ten innovative Big Bands that historically represent each era of Jazz

 

Course Design

 

Each course is augmented with a course "guide book" that I have created. Chronologically, each guidebook consists of a brief biography, interviews, articles and required listening of each artist that is featured throughout the course.

 

In the classroom, the progress of each lecture is coordinated with historical video footage and selected listening examples. Outside the classroom, over two hundred listening examples can be accessed on-line which can be found on the “NU Blackboard Site”. Each course has been assigned a web page on the site where assignments, course directives and all listening examples are easily accessible. Students have found the Blackboard Site to be an invaluable source for learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (continued)

 

The Jazz Combo Program and Ensemble Coaching

 

Rehearsals focus on experiencing and learning Standard and Jazz Repertoire. Students are highly encouraged to compose original material to add to the repertoire as well. The individuals in each group are coached to develop the qualities of creativity and individuality as a jazz improviser along with the additional goal of creating a musically cohesive ensemble. The next step involves programming a repertoire for performance coupled with the study and development of professional performance skills.

 

Performance and recording activities are the central focus for inspiring motivation and overall development throughout each school year. These activities not only provide invaluable experience and growth for each musician but also serve to develop musical and social communication between the school of music, the greater student body and the surrounding communities.

 

 

 

Studio Percussion/Drum Set Instruction

 

Studies in Drum Set encourage technical mastery of Jazz, Latin, Fusion and additional popular styles. The course of study requires that each student demonstrate coordination and improvisation that exemplify each style.

 

Although not required, each student is encouraged to become an active member of a performance ensemble (Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, etc.). Further technical and creative development takes place when private instruction is paired with an active rehearsal and performance schedule.

 

 

 

Graduate Seminar in Jazz Pedagogy

 

The ongoing process of development as a conductor and instructor is dependent upon the active experience of directing and coaching ensembles. As part of my instruction in Jazz Pedagogy Seminar, each student is assigned to coach Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble while being filmed. Upon completion, video footage of each conductor is constructively reviewed and discussed. This experience not only encompasses the study of rehearsal and conducting techniques, but also addresses the art of communication skills between instructor and student.

 

Additional methods of instruction include the study and discussion of:

-Program Curriculum Development

-Program Budget

-Performance Techniques

-Documentation (recording)

 

 


 


 
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Related Teaching Activities

Joel Spencer- coordinator, clinician, performer, conductor, lecturer

 

 

5/24/05-5/26/05- Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Recording Session

Coordinator, Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

5/15/05- Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL

The International Custom and Vintage Drum Show

Clinician- sponsored by Premier Drums

 

3/22/05- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

Edison Middle School

Jazz Ensemble Clinician

 

2/21/05- Chicago Mart Plaza Holiday Inn

Action for Children Incorporated

Guest Lecturer

 

2/18/05-2/19/05- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest with Guest Artist Chip McNeill, saxophonist

Coordinator, Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

2/14/05-2/16/05- Arizona State University

Michael Kocour Jazz Faculty Recital

Guest Clinician and Performer

 

2/7/05- Prairie State College, Flosmoor, IL

The Prairie State College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

 

11/15/04- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator, Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/8/04- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator, Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

5/22/04- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Festival

Guest Faculty Conductor

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Conductor

 

 

 

 



 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

5/17/04- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator, Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

5/15/04- Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL

The International Custom and Vintage Drum Show

Clinician- sponsored by Premier Drums

 

5/10/04- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator, Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

4/19/04- Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

Elgin Community College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

Elgin Community College Jazz Ensemble

Mark Bettcher, Director

 

4/15/04- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Invitational

Guest Faculty Performer

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Conductor

 

2/5/04- Prairie State College, Flosmoor, IL

The Prairie State College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

 

12/11/03- Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL

BP International Corporate Meeting

Guest Lecturer and Performer

British Petroleum Oil Company

 

11/25/03- Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich, IL

The Fox Valley Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Daniel Farris, Guest Conductor

 

11/23/03- Pete Miller’s Steak House, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

 

 

 

 


 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

11/22/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Night II

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Guest Performer

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

11/17/03- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/24/03- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

10/18/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Night I

Guest Conductor

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

10/13/03- DePaul University, Chicago, IL

DePaul Day of Music

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Robert Lark, Coordinator

 

10/5/03- University of Illinois, Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor Joan Hickey, piano

University of Illinois Jazz Ensemble

Professor Chip McNeill, Director

 

10/2/03- University of Illinois, Smith Music Hall, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Jazz Studies Department Clinic

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Chip McNeill, Director

 

10/2/03- University of Illinois, Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor Chip McNeill, tenor and soprano saxophones

 

 

 

 


 

 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

9/22/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor Michael Kocour, piano

 

7/19/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

National High School Music Institute

Guest Performer

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

7/1/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

National High School Music Institute

Faculty Musicale

Guest Performer

Professor Michael Kocour, piano

 

6/1/03- Pete Miller’s Steak House, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

5/31/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Festival

Guest Performer

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

5/21/03- DePaul University, Recital Hall, Chicago, IL

DePaul Jazz Combo Concert

Guest Conductor and Performer

DePaul Jazz Combo Program

Professor Peter Ballin, Coordinator

 

4/25/03- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Invitational

Guest Performer

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

4/10/03- DePaul University, Recital Hall, Chicago, IL

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor Robert Lark, trumpet

 

 

 

 

 


 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

3/9/03- Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Il.

Illinois Wesleyan University Percussion Ensemble

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Eric Hollenbeck, Director

 

3/4/03- DePaul University, Recital Hall, Chicago, IL

DePaul Jazz Combo Concert

Guest Conductor and Performer

DePaul Jazz Combo Program

Professor Peter Ballin, Coordinator

 

3/2/03- Pete Miller’s Steak House, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

3/2/03- Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL

DePaul Jazz Combo Recording Sessions

Guest Conductor and Performer

DePaul Jazz Combo Program

Professor Peter Ballin, Coordinator

 

2/24/03- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

2/17/03- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

2/17/03- Northwestern University, Regenstein Hall, Evanston, IL

NU Percussion DM Auditions

Adjudicator

Percussion Program

Professor Michael Burritt, Coordinator

                                                         

1/23/03- University of Illinois, Smith Music Hall, Urbana-Champaign, Il.

University of Illinois Jazz Studies Department

Guest Clinician

Professor Chip McNeill, Director

 

1/23/03- University of Illinois, Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor Chip McNeill, tenor and soprano saxophones

 

 


 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

11/26/02- Tone Zone Recording, Chicago, IL

Graduate Audition CD

Guest Performer

Jeffrey Gutierrez, tenor saxophone

 

11/25/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/24/02- Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, IL

Graduate Audition CD

Guest Performer

Aaron Kotler, piano

 

11/18/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/17/02- Pete Miller’s Steak House, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/10/02- Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL

DePaul Jazz Combo Recording Sessions

 

Guest Conductor and Performer

DePaul Jazz Combo Program

Professor Peter Ballin, Coordinator

 

11/7/02- DePaul University, Recital Hall, Chicago, IL

DePaul Jazz Combo Concert

Coordinator

DePaul Jazz Combo Program

Professor Peter Ballin, Coordinator

 

 

10/5/02- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Faculty Jazz Recital

Guest Performer

Michael Kocour, piano

 

6/4/02-6/6/02- Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, Il.

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program Recording Sessions

Coordinator

 

 




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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

6/3/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

5/28/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

5/19/02- Cultural Center, Chicago, Il.

DePaul University Jazz Faculty Septet

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Robert Lark, Director

 

5/27/03- Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Quintet Recording Session

Coordinator

 

4/22/02- Elgin Community College, Elgin, Il.

Elgin Community College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

Elgin Community College Jazz Ensemble

Mark Bettcher, Coordinator

 

4/11/02- DePaul University, School of Music, Chicago, Il.

Jazz History Lecture Class

Guest Lecturer

Professor Robert Lark, Instructor

 

4/25/02- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Band

Guest Conductor

Professor Daniel Farris, Director

 

4/25/02- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Invitational

Northwestern University Jazz Quartet 

Coordinator

 

4/22/02- Elgin Community College, Elgin, Il

Elgin Community College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

Elgin Community College Jazz Ensemble

Mark Bettcher, Coordinator

 

 

 


 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

4/18/02- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Invitational

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Don Owens, Coordinator

 

4/9/02- DePaul University, Chicago, Il.

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor Robert Lark, trumpet

 

4/9/02- North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, Il.

Jazz Concert Presentation

Guest Conductor and Performer

Northwestern University Faculty Jazz Quartet

 

4/4/02- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

 Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Michael Kocour, piano

 

4/5/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

Student Recital

Guest Performer

Scott Kagawa, trumpet

 

3/16/02-Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Invitational

Coordinator and Guest Performer

Northwestern University Jazz Quintet  

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

3/12/02- Nevin’s Live, Evanston, Il.

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Combos

 

3/4/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

3/3/02- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

 

 




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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

2/24/02- Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Il.

Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Northwestern University Jazz Sextet

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

2/17/02- Pete Miller’s Steak House, Evanston, IL

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

2/9/02- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Jazz Night III

Guest Conductor

Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Don Owens, Director

 

2/7/02 & 2/8/02- Prairie State College, Homewood, IL

Prairie State College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Valerie Nicholson, Coordinator

 

1/28/02- Lockport Township High School, Lockport, Il.

Guest Clinician

Lockport Township High School Jazz Ensemble

 

12/4/01- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

Faculty Recital

Guest Performer

Professor David Ness, guitar

 

11/30/01- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/19/01- Northwestern University, Regenstein Recital Hall, Evanston, IL

ComboFest

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

11/11/01- Pete Miller’s Steak House Evanston, Il.

Northwestern University Jazz Night

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

 

 


 

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RELATED TEACHING ACTIVITIES (continued)

 

11/13/01- Evanston Women’s Club, Evanston, Il.

Northwestern University Jazz Septet

Coordinator

Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program

 

10/8/01- DePaul University, Chicago, Il

DePaul Day of Music

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Robert Lark, Coordinator

 

4/28/01- Elgin Community College, Elgin, Il

Elgin Community College Jazz Festival

Guest Clinician and Performer

Elgin Community College Jazz Ensemble

Mark Bettcher, Coordinator

 

1986-2000: DePaul University, Chicago, Il

DePaul Day of Music (Columbus Day, annually)

Guest Clinician and Performer

Professor Robert Lark, Coordinator

 

5/6/97- Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL

Jazz Cabaret

Guest Clinician and Performer

Evanston High School Jazz Ensemble

Dr. David Fodor, Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Teaching Highlights

 

Carnegie Hall Jazz Workshop Competition

 

Fall 2003- The Northwestern University Jazz Sextet has recently applied for competitive adjudication as to be selected as one of three finalists for a week- long workshop to be held at Carnegie Hall in March of 2004. If selected, the group will experience top level coaching and clinics directed by such artists as saxophonist David Liebman and bassist Rufus Reid. The end of the workshop will result with each of the finalists performing in concert at Carnegie Hall.

 

The requirements for application included providing biographies for each group member, letters of recommendation, studio-produced CD recording and a video taped performance. This total experience has proven to be highly motivational and has inspired an intense period of growth for each member of the sextet in regard to musical and personal development. Results will be announced in early January of 2004.

 

 

Northwestern University Jazz Sextet

The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

 

Spring 2002- The Northwestern University Jazz Sextet attended the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, Elmhurst, Il. This festival is nationally recognized and is adjudicated by internationally known jazz artists and clinicians. A number of prestigious college jazz programs throughout the country were represented at this three-day festival.

 

The Northwestern University Jazz Sextet’s performance received a rewarding response from the audience and the judges. The quality of their performance resulted in being selected as one of three “Outstanding Small Group Jazz Ensembles" of the entire festival. Also, five of the six members of the sextet were honored with "Outstanding Soloist" awards.

 

Individual Student Development

 

Spring 2003- Eric Hollenbeck, who was currently completing his DM in Percussion, began to study drum set independently in Spring quarter 2002. At this time Eric became a member of the Jazz Combo Program and quickly proved to be one of our most talented students in the program. In Winter quarter of 2003, Eric began to study privately in the Percussion Studio and continued to study jazz Percussion for the remainder of Spring quarter 2003. As a result of these activities, Eric continued to make great strides as a jazz improviser and ensemble player.

 

Eric was just recently hired as Assistant Professor of Percussion at Colorado State University, where mastery of Jazz Drum Set and Jazz Ensemble performance played an important role in the audition process. He began his new position in Fall of 2003.

 

 

 


 

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TEACHING HIGHLIGHTS (continued)

 

 

 

Winter 2003- Charles Geizhals, who completed his undergraduate study in Greek Classics in Spring of 2003, had been a highly active jazz pianist in the Northwestern University Jazz Combo Program since my arrival in Fall of 2001. I worked with Charles specifically in regard to the role of the accompanist in contrast to the role of the jazz soloist.

 

Charles served as a foreign exchange student in Italy in Fall quarter of 2002 and returned to Northwestern University in Winter quarter 2003. At this time, our program consisted of six fully occupied combos. I decided to create a seventh combo of which Charles would lead. His jazz trio developed into a dynamic performance group as a result of his commitment and dedication to music.

 

In Spring of 2003, Charles was accepted for admission to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music as a graduate student in the Jazz Studies Program. Charles began his graduate work at Manhattan in Fall of 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Club Performances

Chicago and the Midwest

 

 

During the 1980’s, I served as musical director and performer at two of the most prestigious jazz clubs located in Chicago, “George’s” and “Rick’s Café American”. In addition, I regularly performed at the “Jazz Gallery” in Milwaukee and the “Jazz Showcase” in Chicago.

 

 

Chicago has given me the opportunity to perform with a number of the most respected jazz artists in the world. Chicago is still respected as one of the most important cities in relation to the evolution of jazz. I feel especially fortunate to have been a part of this great tradition throughout the last two decades.

 

 

The following two pages list performances exclusive to the aforementioned clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 
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CLUB PERFORMANCES (continued)

 

 

The Jazz Showcase

Chicago, Illinois

1979-2003

Joel Spencer, drum set

 

Monte Alexander, piano

Gary Bartz, alto saxophone

Kenny Burrell, guitar

John Campbell, piano

Al Cohn, tenor saxophone

Richie Cole, alto saxophone

Dorothy Donegan, piano

Kenny Drew Jr., piano

Art Farmer, trumpet

Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet

Bunky Green, alto saxophone

Scott Hamilton, tenor saxophone

Eddie Harris, tenor saxophone

Eddie Jefferson, vocalist

Hank Jones, piano

Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone

Dave McKenna, piano

Jim McNeely, piano

Red Rodney, trumpet

Jabbo Smith, cornet

 

 

 

George’s         

Chicago, Illinois

1983-1989

Joel Spencer, drum set

 

David Allyn, vocalist

Oscar Brown, vocalist

Ruth Brown, vocalist

John Campbell, piano

Chris Connor, vocalist

Dorothy Donegan, piano

Billy Eckstine, vocalist

Herb Ellis, guitar

Bobby Enriquez, piano

Eddie Higgins, piano

Cissy Houston, vocalist

 

 


 

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George’s (continued)            

 

Hank Jones, piano

Shelia Jordan, vocalist

Barney Kessel, guitar

Mileho Levieve, piano

Lou Levy, piano

Johnny O’Neil, piano

Red Rodney, trumpet

Annie Ross, vocalist

Bobby Scott, piano & vocal

Woody Shaw, trumpet

Cybil Sheppard, vocalist/actress

Wayne Shorter, saxophone

Dakota Stanton, vocalist

Cedar Walton, piano

Jimmy Witherspoon, vocalist

 

 

Rick’s Café American

Chicago, Illinois

1984-1986

Joel Spencer, drum set

 

Charlie Byrd, guitar

Billy Daniels, vocalist

Buddy DeFranco, clarinet

Bobby Enriquez, piano

Ron Foyer, piano

Terry Gibbs, vibraphone

Fran Jeffries, vocalist

Maureen McGovern, vocalist

Joe Williams, vocalist

 

 

The Jazz Gallery

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1980-1982

Joel Spencer, drum set

 

Chet Baker, trumpet

Kenny Burrell, guitar

Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone

Bunky Green, alto saxophone

Barry Harris, piano

Freddie Hubbard, trumpet

Charles McPherson, alto saxophone

Dakota Stanton, vocalist

Sonny Stitt, saxophone

Ira Sullivan, multi instrumentalist

                                                                       


 

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Performance Highlights

 

Concerts and Tours

Joel Spencer, Drum Set

 

Summer 2005- The Metropolis Arts Center, Arlington Heights, IL

Torme’ Sings Torme’, featuring Steve March-Torme

 

Summer 2005- The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois Jazz Festival

Thelonious Monk Tribute Orchestra, featuring Jon Faddis

Professor Chip McNeill, Director

 

Spring 2005- The Green Mill, Chicago, IL

The David Liebman Quartet

 

Spring 2005- The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL

The Frank Wess Quartet

 

Fall 2004- -  Jazz Party At Sea” on the Norwegian Sun

The Benny Golson Jazztet

Featuring, Terrell Stafford and Curtis Fuller

 

Fall 2004- Roanoke, VA

The Roanoke Jazz Festival

The Chip McNeill Quartet

 

Spring 2004- The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL

The Randy Sandke-Harry Allen Quintet

 

Spring 2004- The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL

The Scott Hamilton Quartet

 

Spring 2004- Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

International Jazz Piano Competition

Guest Accompanist

 

Fall 2003-  Jazz Party At Sea” on the Norwegian Sun

Phil Woods, alto saxophone

Junior Mance, piano

Hod O’Brien, piano

Randy Johnston, guitar

Stephanie Nakasian, vocals

 

 

 


 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Fall 2003- University of Illinois, Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Chip McNeill, tenor saxophone

 

Summer 2003- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Faculty Musicale

Michael Kocour, piano

 

Spring 2003- Studiomedia Recording, Evanston, IL

Recording Session

Jim McNeely, piano

 

Winter 2003- University of Illinois, Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Chip McNeill, saxophone

 

Fall 2002- The Three Arts Club, Chicago, IL

Michael kocour, piano

 

Fall 2002- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

Faculty Jazz Recital

Michael Kocour, piano

 

Spring 2002- Elgin Community College, Elgin, Il

Bobby Shew, trumpet

Elgin Community College Jazz Festival

Mark Bettcher, Coordinator

 

Spring 2002- Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Il.

Junior Mance, piano

 

Fall 2001- The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL

Benny Golson, saxophone

 

Fall 2001- Pete Miller’s Steak House, Evanston, IL

Pete Miller’s Verve Jazz Festival

Michael Kocour, piano

 

Spring 2001- Elgin Community College, Elgin, Il

David Liebman, soprano saxophone

Elgin Community College Jazz Festival

Mark Bettcher, Coordinator

 

Spring 2001- Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Jazz Unites Concert

James Moody, alto & tenor saxophones, flute

 

 

 


 

 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Fall 2000- The Black Orchid, Piper’s Alley, Chicago, IL

The Doug Lawrence Orchestra

Doug Lawrence, tenor saxophone

 

Summer 2000- Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

Salute to the Big Band Era

Ravinia Festival Orchestra

Eric Kunzel, conductor

 

Spring 2000- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Music at the Millennium Series

The Chicago Chamber Musicians

Larry Combs, Principal Clarinetist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

Winter 2000- Birdland, New York City, NY

Record Release Party for “Tribute To Ellington” c/o Atlantic Records

Daniel Barenboim, piano

Clifford Colnot, conductor

 

Fall 1999- Lush Life, Chicago, IL

Sadao Watanabe, alto saxophone

 

Fall 1999- Lush Life, Chicago, IL

Eddie Gomez, acoustic bass

 

Fall 1999- Quasimodo Jazz Club, Berlin, Germany

Record Release Party for “Tribute To Ellington” c/o Atlantic Records

Daniel Barenboim, piano

 

Summer 1999- Lush Life, Chicago, IL

Brian Lynch, trumpet

 

Spring 1999- Lush Life, Chicago, IL

Marvin Stamm, trumpet

 

Spring 1998- Firmi Lab Auditorium, Batavia, IL

James Moody, alto & tenor saxophones, flute

 

Summer 1998- Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, IN

Ira Sullivan, trumpet

Warren Vache, trumpet

 

Summer 1998- Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

Gabriel’s Children: A Tribute to Adolph “Bud” Herseth- CSO Principal Trumpet

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Adolph “Bud” Herseth, trumpet

Doc Severinsen, trumpet

 


 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Spring 1998- The Green Mill, Chicago, Illinois

Tim Haggans, trumpet

Rick Margitza, tenor saxophone

 

Winter 1998- The Green Mill, Chicago, IL

David Liebman, saxophone

Jim McNeely, piano

 

Fall 1997- Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

Great Guitars

Charlie Byrd

Herb Ellis

Bucky Pizzarelli

 

Summer 1997- Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, Kansas City, MO

Dorothy Donegan, piano

 

Summer 1997- Aurora-Aurora Casino, Aurora, IL

Don Rickles, comedian/actor

 

Summer 1997- Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, IN

Eddie Higgins, piano

Don Menza, tenor saxophone

 

Spring 1997- Birmingham Arts Center, Detroit, MI

Joe Williams, vocalist

 

Winter 1997- Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL

A Jazzy Chanukah with Ben Sidran

Ben Sidran, piano & vocals

Eddie Daniels, clarinet

Mike Mainieri, vibraphone

Gil Goldstein, keyboards

Steve Kahn, guitar

Howard Levy, harmonica

 

Summer 1996- Ann Arbor Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor, MI

Scott Hamilton, tenor saxophone

 

Summer 1996- Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

Ravinia Festival Orchestra

Frankie Lane, vocalist

 

Winter 1995- The Green Mill, Chicago, IL

Mark Murphy, vocalist

 

 

 


 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Summer 1994- Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, IN

Scott Hamilton, tenor saxophone

 

Fall 1993- Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago, IL

The Woody Herman Thundering Herd

Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone and conductor

 

Fall 1993- Northwestern University, Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston, IL

American Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra

Gary Burton, vibraphone

 

Summer 1993- The Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat, Israel

The Ameritech All Stars

Frank Tiberi, tenor saxophone

 

Summer 1993- Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, IN

Tonight Show All Stars

Tommy Newsom, saxophone

Red Holloway, saxophone

 

Summer 1993- Clearwater Jazz Festival, Clearwater, FL

Red Rodney, trumpet

Ira Sullivan, trumpet & reeds

 

Spring 1993- Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

The Western Illinois University Jazz Festival

Chris Potter, alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones

The Western Illinois University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Dale Hopper, Director

 

Spring 1993- Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

Celebrating the Legendary Dizzy Gillespie

Dorothy Donegan, piano

Red Rodney, trumpet

James Moody, reeds

Clark Terry, trumpet

 

Fall 1992- Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

Chicago Symphony Members in a Special Concert:

“OH THEM RATS IS MEAN IN MY KITCHEN!”

Clifford Colnot, Conductor

 

Summer 1992- Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, IN

Red Rodney, trumpet

 

 

 

 


 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Summer 1992- North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haig, Holland

Ellis Marsalis, piano 

Major Holly, bass

 

Summer 1992- University of Texas, Austin, TX

University of Texas Jazz Festival

Red Rodney, trumpet

Marvin Stamm, trumpet

 

Summer 1992- Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Jazz Festival

The Western Illinois University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Dale Hopper, Director

 

Spring 1992- Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

The Western Illinois University Jazz Festival

Steve Turre, trombone

The Western Illinois University Jazz Ensemble

Professor Dale Hopper, Director

 

Summer 1991- Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Michael Feinstein, vocalist

 

Summer 1990- The Green Mill, Chicago, IL

The Brad Williams Trio

Mark Murphy, vocalist

 

Summer 1990- Wright Junior College, Chicago, IL

Kenny Werner, piano

 

Winter 1990- Clock Tower Inn, Rockford, IL

Clock Tower Jazz Festival

Red Rodney, trumpet

 

Summer 1989- Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy; Kristianstad Jazz Festival, Kristianstad, Sweden; Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jazz Members Big Band

Joe Williams, vocalist

 

Fall 1988- The High Hat Club, Chicago, IL

Cedar Walton, piano

 

Summer 1988- Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy

Dorothy Donegan, piano

 

 

 


 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Fall 1987- Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA

Hank Jones, piano

 

Summer 1987- Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL

National Public Radio Broadcast/250 cities

The Joel Spencer Quartet

 

Summer 1987- Regatta Bar, St. Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Red Rodney, trumpet

 

Fall 1986- Marquette University, Milwaukee, WN

“Great Guitars”

Barney Kessel

Herb Ellis

Charlie Byrd

 

Fall 1986- Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

Illinois State University Jazz Festival

The Joel Spencer Quartet

 

Summer 1986- Homewood-Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor, IL

Benefit for Battered Women

Ernie Watts, tenor and alto saxophones

Ross Tomkins, piano

 

Spring 1986- Wichita Jazz Festival, Wichita, Kansas

Wichita Jazz Festival All Stars”

Monte Alexander, piano

Conti Candoli, trumpet

Barney Kessel, guitar

Jerome Richardson, saxophone

Pete Barbutti, pianist/comedian

 

Fall 1985- Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, IL

Frank Gorshin, comedian/impressionist

Joseph Vito, conductor

 

Summer 1985- Homewood-Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor, IL

Benefit for Battered Women

Ernie Watts, tenor and alto saxophones

Ross Tomkins, piano

 

Winter 1985- Fairmont Hotel, Denver, Colorado

Barney Kesssel, guitar

 

Fall 1983- Benchley’s On Broadway, Chicago, IL

Bill Evans, saxophone

 


 

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Fall 1983- Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Wynton Marsalis, trumpet

Columbia College Jazz Festival

William Russo, coordinator

 

Spring 1983- NAMM Show, Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL

Red Rodney, trumpet

 

Spring 1983- Benchley’s On Broadway, Chicago, IL

David Liebman, soprano saxophone

 

Spring 1983- Columbia College, Graduation Ceremony, Chicago, IL

Bill Russo Big Band

Professor William Russo, conductor

 

Spring 1983- Nature’s Table, Urbana-Champaign, IL

David Liebman, soprano saxophone

 

Winter 1983- Benchley’s On Broadway, Chicago, IL

Frank D’Rone, vocals

John Campbell, piano

 

Summer 1982- The Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY

The Count Basie Orchestra

Grover Mitchell, conductor

 

Winter 1982- University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Jazz Members Big Band

Joe Williams, vocalist

 

Fall 1981- Holiday Inn, Rick’s Cafe American’, Chicago, IL

National Public Radio- live Broadcast

Jazz Members Big Band

 

Summer 1981- Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL

Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone

Clark Terry, trumpet

The Jazz Members Big Band

 

Winter 1981- University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

“Ellington Tribute”

Jazz Members Big Band

Gunther Schuller, conductor

 

Summer 1979- Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, IL

The John Campbell Quartet

 

 

 




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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS  (continued)

 

Fall 1979- The Playboy Club, Chicago, IL

Buddy Grecco, vocalist

 

Winter 1979- The Playboy Club, Lake Geneva, WN

New Year’s Eve Show

Frankie Avalon, vocalist/actor

 

Winter 1979- Orphan’s, Chicago, IL

Joe Daley, tenor Saxophone

 

Fall 1978- Le Bar, Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Earl “Fatha” Hines, piano 

Marva Josie, vocalist

Eric Schneider, alto saxophone and clarinet

 

Summer 1978- Bix Biderbeck Jazz Festival, Davenport, IA

The Memphis Night Hawks

 

Fall 1976- Tour of Japan and Mexico

Carmen Cavallero, piano

 

Summer 1976- The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Carmen Cavallero, piano

 

Fall 1976- Parkland College, Champaign, IL

Clark Terry, trumpet

John Campbell, trumpet

 

Fall 1974- University of Illinois, Assembly Hall, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Nashville Show- University of Illinois Corn Day Celebration

Loretta Lynn, vocalist

Jimmy Dean, vocalist/actor

 

Fall 1973- McCormick Place, Mother’s Day Show, Chicago, IL

Kate Smith, vocalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Recordings

Joel Spencer, Drum Set

 

2003- “This is Chicago Jazz!”

The Joel Spencer Quartet

Single selection/promotional sampler

Chicago Jazz Festival 2003

Chicago Jazz Magazine Productions

 

2001- “Big Band Swing”

The Doug Lawrence Orchestra

featuring Doug Lawrence, tenor saxophone

DLM Records

 

2001- “Sometime Ago”

The Ken Spurr Trio

featuring Ken Spurr, piano

KS Records

 

2000- “You Talkin’ To Me?”

The Von Freeman and Frank Catalano Quintet

featuring

Von Freeman, tenor saxophone

Frank Catalano, tenor saxophone

Delmark Records

 

2002- “Until You”

featuring

Bob Lark, trumpet

Jim McNeely, piano

Hallway Records

 

2000- “Sessions...with JoBelle

featuring

JoBelle Yonely, vocals

Ira Sullivan, trumpet and reeds

Von Freeman, tenor saxophone

Ron Perillo, piano and arrangements

 

1999- “Tribute to Ellington”

Daniel Barenboim and Guests

featuring

Daniel Barenboim, piano

Dianne Reeves, vocals

Don Byron, clarinet

Teldec Records

 


 

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RECORDINGS (continued)

 

1999- “Pins ‘n’ Needles”

The Frank Catalano Quintet

featuring

Randy Brecker, trumpet

Frank Catalano, tenor saxophone

Delmark Records

 

1998- “Interior Window”

Joel Spencer & Mike Kocour

featuring

Michael Kocour, Hammond Organ

Brad Wheeler, tenor and soprano saxophones

Chicago Lakeside Jazz Records

 

1998- “Live at the Gold Star”

Stephanie Browning

featuring

Stephanie Browning, vocals

Jeremy Kahn, piano

HEREnow Records

 

1998- “Soul Mates”

The Joan Hickey Trio

featuring

Buster Williams, acoustic bass

Joan Hickey, piano

Chicago Lakeside Jazz Records

 

1996- “A Night In The Life”

Eden Atwood

featuring

Eden Atwood, vocals

Chris Potter, tenor saxophone

Joel Spencer, Artistic Producer

Concord Records

 

1995- “Gallery”

The Paul McKee Orchestra

featuring

Carl Fontana, trombone

Paul Mckee, trombone and arrangements

Corridor Records

 

1994- “Never Let Me Go”

featuring Jackie Allen, vocals

Lakes Shore Jazz of Chicago Records

 

 

 


  
 

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RECORDINGS (continued)

 

1994- “Who Wrote This Song?”

Joanie Pallatto and Bob Dorough

featuring

Joanie Pallatto, vocals

Bob Dorough, vocals

Southport Records

 

1993- “The Brighter Side”

The Joel Spencer-Kelly Sill Quartet

featuring

Chris Potter, tenor saxophone

Garry Dial, piano

Kelly Sill, bass

The Jazz Alliance/Concord Records

 

1993- “Humpty Dumpty

The Akio Sasajima Quintet

featuring

Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone

Rene Rosnes, piano

Akio Sasajima, guitar

Kelly Sill, acoustic bass

Enja Records

 

1993- “Solo Plus One”

The Larry Gray Quartet

Featuring Larry Gray, acoustic bass

Premonition Records

 

1993- “Jazz Chicago Style”

The Ameritech All Stars

featuring Frank Tiberi, tenor & soprano saxophones

Ameritech Productions

 

1992- “Jazz Hit”

The Joel Spencer Quartet

featuring Michael Kocour, Hammond Organ

Lake Shore Jazz of Chicago Records

 

1992- “The Western Illinois University Jazz Ensemble featuring Joel Spencer”

Professor Dale Hopper, Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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RECORDINGS (continued)

 

1991- “East-West Dialogue”

The Barry Diester Quintet

featuring

Jim McNeely, piano

Barry Diester, tenor saxophone

Belephon Records

 

 

1991- “Presenting Emily Haddad”

featuring Emily Haddad, vocals

Sharp 5 Productions

 

1990- The Movie Soundtrack of “In A League Of Their Own”

Columbia Records

 

1990- “Turning Point”

The John Campbell Trio with Clark Terry

featuring

Clark Terry, trumpet

John Campbell, piano

Jay Anderson, acoustic bass

Contemporary Records

 

1983- “Just Buddy’s”

The Buddy Childers Big Band

featuring Buddy Childers, trumpet

Discovery Records

 

1983- “Live At Fitzgerald’s”

The Jazz Members Big Band

featuring Gloria Morgan, vocals

Sea Breeze Records

 

1980- “May Day”

The Jazz Members Big Band

Sea Breeze Records

 

1977- “The University of Illinois Jazz Ensemble”

The University of Illinois Jazz Band

John Garvey, Director

Sea Breeze Records

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Television Appearances    

 

Spring 2000- Yvonne’s Piano

Yvonne Faddis-Stroud, piano

Larry Gray, acoustic bass

WJYS-Channel 62

Chicago, Illinois

36 shows @ 30 minutes per

Syndicated throughout the U.S.

WJYS Television Productions

 

Summer 1999- The Making of: Tribute to Ellington

Live Taping: “Tribute To Ellington” recording session- Chicago Recording Company

Daniel Barenboim piano

Don Byron, clarinet

Dianne Reeves, vocals

Atlantic Records

 

Winter 1999- The Black Orchid Showroom, Chicago, IL

The Doug Lawrence Orchestra

ShowTime Cable Network

 

Summer 1994- Chicago Jazz Festival

The Joel Spencer-Kelly Sill Quartet

Ira Sullivan, trumpet and reeds

Chris Potter, tenor saxophone

Garry Dial, piano

Kelly Sill, acoustic bass

WTTW Chicago Public Television/Live Televised Broadcast

 

Spring 1979- Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL

Live taped performance w/ Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole and The John Campbell Trio

Eddie Jefferson and Richie Cole, featuring the John Campbell Trio:

Live at the Jazz Showcase (international distribution)

 

Spring 1978- WCUI Television- Champaign, Illinois

The University of Illinois Jazz Band

John Garvey, Director

 

Winter 1977- Mexico City, Mexico

The Carmen Cavallero Trio

Live Nationally Televised Performance

 

Fall 1976- NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan

The Carmen Cavallero Trio

Christmas Special/National Broadcast, Japan

 

Spring 1970- The Mary Dee Show, Marina Towers, Chicago, IL

The Peter Budd Trio

WFLD- Fox Broadcasting Network

 


 

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Studio Recording

 

Movie Soundtrack Recording

Summer 2001- Soundtrack for “American Girl” products- Industrial Film

 

Summer 2000- Movie Soundtrack for “Unconditional Love”

United Artists

Vocalist, Barry Manilow

 

Summer 1997- Movie Soundtrack for: “Hoodlum”

MGM

 

Summer 1990- Movie Soundtrack for "In a League Of Their Own"

Paramount Pictures

 

Commercial Recording

As a recording musician, I have performed on numerous TV commercials that have been televised nationally. These product ads have been recorded for Chicago producers:

Cliff Colnot- Colnot Music

Manny Mendelson- Chicago Recording Company

Steve Ford- Steve Ford Music

Sandy Turano- Scandal Music

Steve Shaeffer and Ira Antelis- Shaeffer & Antelis Music

 

Honors and Awards

 

Fall 1999- Nominated for "Best Jazz CD Of 1999" by The Chicago Music Awards.

Joel Spencer & Mike Kocour: "Interior Window"

Lakeside Jazz of Chicago Records.

 

Summer 1981- Chicago Jazz Festival

Interview with Billy Taylor following guest appearance with Archie Shepp

NPR National Public Radio Broadcast, 250 cities live

 

Winter 1977- University of Illinois School of Music

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Jazz Ensemble Program

John Garvey, Director

 

Summer 1974- Notre Dame University School of Music

Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship Award

Jazz Ensemble Program

Father George Wiskirken, Director

 

Spring 1973- Ludwig Percussion Award

University of Illinois Symphonic Winds

Dr. Harry Begian, Director

 

 




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Interviews

 

Summer 2004- Chicago Jazz Magazine

May/June Cover Story: Confessions of a Drummer

“Joel Spencer, in his own words…”

 

Summer 2001- ChicagoJazz.com Magazine

Joel Spencer: His Life in Music

By Michael Jeffers

 

Fall 1990- Town & Country Magazine

Jazz: It’s Still Hot

By Don McLeese

 

Winter 1987- Down Beat Jazz Magazine

Pro Session: “How To Become A House Musician”

By Mark Stryker

 

 

 

Lifetime Organizations

 

University of Illinois Alumni Association

Chicago Federation of Musicians

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, University of Illinois Chapter

 

 

 

Artist Endorsements

 

Premier Drums, London, England

Zildjian Cymbals, USA

Craviotto Snare Drums, Los Angeles, CA

Regal Sticks and Brushes, Ontario, Canada

Aquarian Drum Heads, USA