Composers

ECHO Composers is a cooperative of high profile, award-winning American jazz composers. The group features composers writing creative and extremely well-crafted music for jazz ensembles. You can learn more about our accomplished composers by clicking on the “read more” tag after each composers bio.

Dan Cavanagh HeadshotDan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. He is an Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Music, and received a 2009 gold medal prize from that organization’s International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. His trio was a finalist in the 2013 Bucharest International Jazz Competition, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano competition. Cavanagh received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Gil Evans/IAJE Commission Competition, Featured Performance at the 2006 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, finalist in the 2002 and 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competitions, and other awards. Read more…

 

Miley PublicityJames Miley, recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, directs the program in jazz and improvisational music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he conducts the Willamette Jazz Collective and teaches improvisation, composition, orchestration, jazz history, music technology, and music theory. A versatile composer and pianist comfortable in both the jazz and classical idioms, he has written music for a variety of chamber and choral ensembles in addition to his work for jazz orchestra. Recent commissions include new works for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Lawrence University, the California All-State Honor Jazz Band, and the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival. Read more…

 

Brian LandrusBrian Landrus began playing saxophone at 12 and was performing professionally by 15. He has become one of the strongest original voices in the music world on baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, bass saxophone, bass flute, and alto flute. He has been called a “Low Woodwind Expert” by Time Out New York, and a “baritone saxophone and bass clarinet ace”, by JazzTimes. He has been voted rising star baritone saxophonist in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Poll in 2012, 2011, & 2010. Landrus plays in many different ensembles and currently tours the world in Esperanza Spalding’s band where he plays baritone and tenor saxophone. Read more…

 

DavDGe Glenn, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies and low brass at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington received a Bachelor of Music in Trombone performance from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Dave Glenn spent 11 years as a professional trombonist in New York City. While there, he played for ten years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and toured estensively with Bill Watrous’ Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Diana Ross and Lou Rawls. Dave also subbed with Chuck Mangione, Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. Read more…

 

SOwenSteve Owen is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Music and director of the University of Oregon’s award-winning Jazz Studies Program.  A respected composer, saxophonist, and music educator, Owen has presented clinics at MENC conventions across the nation and has directed All-State jazz ensembles in Colorado, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and Minnesota as well as Oregon.  Steve is also a founder and co-director of the Oregon Jazz Festival, an annual workshop for college, junior high, and high school jazz ensembles, the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp, and is on the faculty of the University of Kansas summer jazz camp. Read more…

 

BishopAndrewAndrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, flute), composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in a wide array of musical idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He studied jazz and improvised music with David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Fowler, Dave Liebman, Craig Owens, Ellen Rowe, Ed Sarath, and Reggie Workman; saxophone with Donald Sinta and Jean Lansing; and composition with William Albright, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Walter Mays. Read more…

 

VernSielertVern Sielert is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Idaho. He has performed with artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, The Spinners, The O’Jays, Bobby Shew, Don Lanphere, Gerald Wilson and Ralph Carmichael, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.  Vern was also a member of the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, which has recorded several of his compositions and arrangements. He holds BM degrees in jazz studies and music education, and a MM degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and a DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois. Read more…