Metrics: WMU Jazz & Dance Collaboration

Metrics PosterWednesday February 11 – 7:30 pm

Dalton Wed@7:30: Live and Interactive!

METRICS – WMU Jazz & Dance Collaboration

Featuring the Advanced Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew Rathbun, and choreography by Prof. Kirsten Harvey

Dalton Center Recital Hall

Tickets $12 (Seniors $10, Students $5) available from Miller Auditorium at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 & at the door (free for WMU Music students with BPI pass)

Andrew on Kenny Wheeler

Andrew Rathbun explains why he’s paying tribute to Kenny Wheeler in New York (Ottowa Citizen)

Excerpt: What is your personal connection to Kenny and his music?

AR: Like many musicians, I met Kenny at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He was one of the main reasons I wanted to go there. Someone had given me a copy of Gnu High, and it was such a revelation. The compositions, the sound that Ken achieves, the fact that his improvisational language is totally his own, had a major impact on me. So going to Banff and hearing that sound in person, was totally incredible. Standing beside him and playing a unison line made you feel like your sound was engulfed by his. People have said that when he solos with a large ensemble, it sounds like the entire big band is coming out of his horn.

Read the full article here

Kenny Wheeler Memorial Concert: Andrew Rathbun Speaks

Excerpt: As a Canadian-born jazz musician, can you speak a bit about how Kenny Wheeler was regarded on the Canadian jazz scene?

AR: He was a titan. Everyone was super aware of him and really revered and respected him. He’d come to Toronto every year and do a week at one of the clubs like the Montreal Bistro with Toronto guys like Don Thompson, and he knew those guys really well from Banff [Jazz Workshop].

I think that Banff is the biggest connection that people have to Ken. Through Banff he’d just give his music away, and people would take his tunes and play them at sessions. People were playing his music a lot and it became a word of mouth thing because he was the most self-effacing, humble guy; he was humble almost to a fault. He never did anything to promote himself, so whatever fell into his lap was what happened.

Read the full article here

Memorial Concert for Kenny Wheeler

Wheeler Poster

Performing some of Ken’s iconic large ensemble works, including the Sweet Time Suite from Music for Large and Small Ensembles. Featuring soloist Tim Hagans.

NEW YORK, NY 10001
(646) 494-3625

Upcoming Events

Two upcoming events of note:

FreefallNEW CD: Freefall from the WJQ

Info Here

Saturday March 8th
with special guest
66 Park Avenue at East 38th St
New York NY 10016
Sets at 8 and 10pm
Tel: 212-885-7000
Rsvn: 1-800-KITANO-NY


NEXT WEEK Edward Simon and myself will premiere a number of new works for Orchestra

Ed Simon Feb 19

Wednesday Feb 19
Dalton Live and interactive series:
pre-concert interview 7pm, Concert 7:30pm
Western Michigan Univ.
Dalton Center
Recital hall
School of Music
(269) 387-4667

Upcoming Events: Shadow Forms II Released

Shadow Forms IINEW CD: Shadow Forms II just released.

Wed Sept 11th
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, NYC 10014 (212)989-9319
8:30 and 10:00 PM

Thur. Sept 12th
Western Michigan University – Dalton Center
7:30 PM

Fri. Sept 13th
Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
8 PM

Sat Sept 14th
Milwaukee Jazz Gallery
926 E Center Street, Milwaukee WI 53212
7-10 pm

Sun. Sept 15th
Hungry Brain Series
2319 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Interview with Jazz Weekly

An interesting and detailed interview on Jazz Weekly.

Excerpt: Saxist and composer Andrew Rathbun’s career has been filled with a thirst for knowledge, which he uses to pass on to his audience.  His first level of education came very young, through public school and his nascent performing career. He recalls, “I was blessed with a real good school in Toronto as a kid. You were pulled out of school and hour a week, and given a private lesson. There were two big bands, a blues band and a rock band, all guided by faculty members. They were all the best jazz guys in Toronto. I’m still in touch with one of the guys who I “blame” for my life as a jazz musician. He got me into all of this trouble; Geoff Young, a guitar playing. Really amazing, under the radar kind of guys. Great taste, and real inquisitive.”

Read full review @ Jazz Weekly

New Videos on YouTube

Some clips of a quartet at Cornelia Street Cafe:

Me + Nate Radley + Joe Martin + Clarence Penn





Frontier Psychiatrist Article

A really nice writer and musician named Alania Ferris wrote a nice profile of me at FRONTIER PSYCHIATRIST.


What is your musical history and how did you end up where you are today?

I was really lucky in that, when I was young, I went to a school that had a musically rich program – I attended an hour of private lessons each week at the school. That influenced my musical development a lot – started this musical quest. My teachers would mention all these musicians, so I’d set out to the library, borrow as many cassettes as I could carry, listen to them, copy them, learn them, and then go back next week…this became my modus operandi. You know, when you’re young, your cauldron is empty, and I wanted to fill it as fast as possible. I started playing clarinet in fourth  grade and then picked  up the saxophone in ninth grade. Later, I attended New England Conservatory of Music and am now getting ready to finish my D.M.A. at Manhattan School of Music.

Read full article here