Music

Softly,As In A Morning Sunrise – Sigmund Romberg with Ed Soph

January 25, 2024 – SOFTLY, AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE – Sigmund Romberg with drummer Ed Soph. Recorded @ my UofL office. April 2023. ‘Mr. Soph’ and I… [read more]

Poland – December 2023

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Brazil – May/June 2023 – Brasilia and Natal

June 12, 2023 – Great time being back in Brazil with my old friends and making new ones – playing music, meeting students, seeing sites, beaches, excellent… [read more]

Colombia – March 2023 – Bogota

June 12, 2023 – Great time being back at the Universidad El Bosque and working with their students.  I hear and see so much progress, a true jazz program… [read more]

Brazil – May/June 2023

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Improvisation Master Class – Michael Tracy

March 4, 2023 – I really enjoy working with students, especially ones in different countries, who may or may not speak English. Typically they are keenly… [read more]

Colombia – March 2023

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Louisville Jazz Workshop 2023

December 22, 2022 – July 15–23 I am very pleased to announce the second edition of the  LOUISVILLE JAZZ WORKSHOP with registration opening… [read more]

Ecuador – October 2022 Quito

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History of the Louisville Jazz Scene

June 20, 2021 – An excellent document on jazz in Louisville by Sean… [read more]

Panel discussion with Russian artist and festival representatives

July 5, 2020 – I was to have performed at the 2020 What a Wonderful World Jazz Festival in Chelyabinsk, Russia in June.  I was also scheduled to present… [read more]

Peru, October 2019 – Lima

October 1, 2019 – Very pleased to have been asked to return Lima to work with the students and faculty at Pontifical Universidad Catolica del Peru. I spent an… [read more]

Peru – October 2019

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Universidad de las Artes master class

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Ecuador, May 2019 – Quito, Loja, Guayaquil

May 7, 2019 – Returning to Quito for my second residency at the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) Escuela de Música.  Great to be back with… [read more]

Ecuador – May 2019 Quito

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Ecuador – May 2019 Loja

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Ecuador – May 2019 Guayaquil

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Brazil, March 2019 – Brasilia, Goiania, Foz do Iguaçu and Vítoria

March 3, 2019 – I been so fortunate to have visited Brazil so many times.  I have seen so much of their country, made so many friends, enjoyed hearing and… [read more]

Brazil – March 2019

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Ecuador, October 2018 – Galapagos and Quito

October 18, 2018 – Spending the month of October in Ecuador offered me an amazing experience.  I was most fortunate to have been granted a Fulbright Senior… [read more]

Ecuador – October 2018

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Iceland – July 2018

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Colombia, March 2018 Calí and Bogota

March 7, 2018 – Look forward to returning to Colombia and seeing old friends and making new ones.  Fourteen students and two jazz faculty from UofL’s… [read more]

Colombia – March 2018

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Argentina, November 2017 – Buenos Aires, Cordoba & La Plata

November 14, 2017 – I really enjoy visiting Argentina.  Love the music, people, food, scenery and all.  An exciting place.  Looking forward to my… [read more]

Argentina – November 2017

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Italy, July 2017 – Siena, Tuscany and Rome

September 4, 2017 – Visiting Italy for seventeen days, what could be more fun.  Melissa and I got to spend extended time in Siena (while I attended the IASJ… [read more]

Italy – July 2017

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Cuba, May/June 2017 – Havana & Vinalis

June 21, 2017 – Cuba, who would have thought that I would get a chance to visit Cuba.  What an experience – the old cars, fantastic beach,… [read more]

Cuba – May/June 2017

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Colombia, August 2016 – Bogota & Calí

August 9, 2016 – Looking forward to being back in Colombia next week this time with my UofL colleagues Craig Wagner and Chris Fitzgerald. It will also be… [read more]

Colombia – August 2016

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Mike Tracy in Tbilisi

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Republic of Georgia, June 2016 – Tbilisi

June 3, 2016 – Excited to share that my Fulbright Senior Specialist status has been renewed and that I will be teaching at the Tbilisi State… [read more]

China – May 2016 – Chengdu, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Shanghai

June 2, 2016 – Looking forward to visiting with a number of cultural and musical organizations in China.  Pianist Winton Reynolds and I will be working… [read more]

Republic of Georgia – May/June 2016

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China – May 2016

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Colombia – October / November 2015: Universidad el Bosque

April 5, 2016 – I had a wonderful visit to Bogota and the Universidad El Bosque and their Formación Musical.  The students, faculty and administrators were… [read more]

Scotland – March 2016: Edinburgh and Ayr

April 5, 2016 – Great time playing at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh and at the Harbour in Ayr.  Good seeing new folks and old friends in master classes. Scotland… [read more]

Scotland – March 2016

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Brief Overview of Brazilian Music

November 23, 2015 – What Kind of Music is Played in Brazil – Styles, Rhythms,… [read more]

Colombia – October/November 2015

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Brazil – May / June 2015: Brasilia and Natal

October 19, 2015 – It was a great pleasure being invited to participate once again in the ENSAX saxophone conference.   This was the 2nd meeting and as exciting… [read more]

Brazil March 2015: Special Concert at Casa Thomas Jefferson and more

October 19, 2015 – Always fun playing with friends Bruno Mangueira, guitar and Renato Vasconcellos, piano and this Special Concert at Casa Thomas Jefferson is… [read more]

Brazil June 2015: 2nd ENSAX

September 12, 2015 – It was a great pleasure being invited to participate once again in the ENSAX saxophone conference.   This was the 2nd meeting and as exciting… [read more]

Brazil – June 2015

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Brazil 2015: Special concert at Casa Thomas Jefferson

February 25, 2015 – Looking forward to playing with master Brazilian musicians – Renato Vasconcellos, piano and Bruno Mangueira, guitar – for my… [read more]

Argentina – November 2014

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Argentina Tour: Buenos Aires and the La Plata Jazz Festival – November 2014

October 18, 2014 – Looking forward to being back in Argentina seeing and playing music with old friends and meeting new ones. Performing at the La Plata Jazz… [read more]

UofL Jazz Studies Program

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ECUADOR MAY 2014: QUITO and GUAYAQUIL

May 18, 2014 – Ecuador is a very diverse country from Quito in the Andes to Guayaquil on the Pacific Ocean.  The UofL Jazz Faculty Ensemble:  Ansyn Banks… [read more]

Ecuador – May 2014

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Meet the Faculty – Mike Tracy

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ITALY 2013: Taormina, Sicily and surrounding area, Firenze and Milano

November 10, 2013 – October in Italy (and Sicily) playing music, working with students, seeing old friends, making new ones while visiting the sites….what a… [read more]

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Brazil – May/June 2013

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Brazil Summer 2013: Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Natal

May 27, 2013 – It is no secret that I love visiting, being in Brazil. I think this is my eleventh visit and it seems like home. I really need to learn… [read more]

Czech Republic – May 2013

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Poland – May 2013

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Poland Tour

April 8, 2013 – Playing music is a great way to see the world and I have been fortunate to have met many outstanding musicians in far away places.  One… [read more]

Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble

April 8, 2013 – It is no secret that I love the music of Brazil and its musicians.  It has been my pleasure to work with a number of outstanding young… [read more]

Argentina – October 2012

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Argentina Tour: Buenos Aires and the La Plata Jazz Festival – September 2012

September 24, 2012 – Looking forward to being back in Argentina seeing and playing music with old friends and meeting new ones. Performing at the La Plata Jazz… [read more]

BRAZIL: Brasilia, Natal and Rio de Janeiro – June 2012

September 23, 2012 – Playing music in Brazil is fun, especially with my longtime friends – Renato, Bruno, Mosies, Leander, Oswaldo and more. Nice to be asked… [read more]

Jamey Aebersold’s Jazz Workshop

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Master class with Eric Alexander – Summer Jazz Workshops

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Brazil – June 2012

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Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop 2012

May 9, 2012 – You want to play jazz? Want to hear great concerts every night and even during lunch every afternoon? The place to be is at the School of Music… [read more]

Ecuador Tour 2012: Quito, Cuenca, Loja

May 9, 2012 – My first visit to Ecuador in March 2011 was a wonderful experience – making friends, experiencing a different culture, walking in the… [read more]

Ecuador – May 2012

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Jazz Education Network Conference

January 3, 2012 – The annual JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference is being held in Louisville January 4 – 7. My friend Renato Vasconcellos and I will… [read more]

BRAZIL: Natal – June 2011

October 21, 2011 – I am fortunate to have had many outstanding students who are helping to spread the work of jazz throughout the world.  Anderson Pessoa is… [read more]

ECUADOR: Loja and Quito – March 2011

October 20, 2011 – Getting to play with a symphony is always a treat for a jazz musician, being the featured soloist is a dream. I got to live that dream in March… [read more]

Brazil – June 2011

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Saxophone Workshop In Brazil

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SOMETHIN’ ELSE: This Week’s Featured Artist – April 6, 2011

April 25, 2011 – I recently was honored to be the featured artist on Oberlin College and Community Radio (www.wobc.org) Sunday night jazz show.  Host Aidan… [read more]

Ecuador – March 2011

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ARGENTINA: La Plata Jazz Festival – November 2010

December 27, 2010 – Visiting Argentina, Buenos Aires and La Plata (Louisville’s Sister-City) is always exciting. It was an honor to once again be asked to… [read more]

BRAZIL: FIPSE-CAPES meeting – September 2010

December 27, 2010 – Always fun playing with Brazilian musicians. The FIPSE-CAPES grant meeting afforded an opportunity to do just that with Ricardo Dourado Freire,… [read more]

Big Rock Jazz Fest – October 2010

December 27, 2010 – Mike Tracy Quintet performed at the annual Big Rock Jazz Fest during October 2010. Performers included Craig Wagner – guitar, Todd… [read more]

Argentina – November 2010

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Wingspan – Michael Tracy featuring pianist Davide Logiri

September 5, 2010 – Wingspan by Michael Tracy featuring pianist Davide Logiri with guitarist Craig Wagner, bassist Doug Elmore and drummer Terry O’Mahoney… [read more]

Big Rock Jazz Fest & Fall for Jazz in Tyler Park

September 4, 2010 – Join the Mike Tracy Jazz Quintet for two October outdoor jazz festivals. The annual Highland-Douglass Neighborhood Big Rock Jazz Fest will be… [read more]

Brazil – September 2010

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COSTA RICA: San Jose – May 2010

August 6, 2010 – During my vacation to Costa Rica, I was asked to visit the University of Costa Rica to present a saxophone and improvisation clinic.  I found… [read more]

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Anatheme

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Freddie Freeloader

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The Only Peace I Know

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Emanuela’s Trouble

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Wingspan

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Like Tyner

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Old Folks

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Samba for Tracy

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Cloning

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Kitchen in a Mess

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Costa Rica – May 2010

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UofL Open World Jazz Program

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Russia – November 2009

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Interview with Walter Turkenburg, Mike Tracy, & David Liebman

October 1, 2009 – The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville was fortunate to be the host of the 16th Annual Meeting of… [read more]

Blues for Alice

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Blue Bossa

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Beautiful Love

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Once I Loved

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Favela

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Melancia

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August 5

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Sweet and Lovely

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Note to Self

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Bern Waltz

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Sergio

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Julia’s Swing

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In the Hills

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Alone and Away

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And Sometimes Why

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Jog Left

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Gusting

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Peace Please

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No Complaints

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Sonatina: mvt. 2

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Sonatina: Mvt. 1

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Meiji (Enlightened Peace)

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Memorial Groove

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Avitar

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I Love Paris

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So Wistfully Sad

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If I Could Only Hold You When You Cry

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If You Never Come to Me

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Conversation with Bill

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Something Songful

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Alfonsina y el Mar

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Beatrice

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Invitation Note

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Ugy Beauty

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The Wayfarer

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Sometime Ago

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Where or When

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JAZZ at HERMITAGE GARDENS: Moscow, Russia (August 2008)

February 20, 2009 – I had a great time visiting Moscow and performing at the Jazz at Hermitage Gardens Festival. My ensemble was made up of alumni from the Open… [read more]

Swiss Group of International Schools 2009 Conference

February 20, 2009 – Back to School: Rekindling a passion for content: Exploring new topics across subject areas… The teacher is put back into the classroom not… [read more]

UofL JAZZ FACULTY in Brazil (March 2008)

February 19, 2009 – The University of Louisville’s Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program presented its initial international jazz workshops in Brasilia and… [read more]

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The Polish-American Ensemble

February 13, 2009 – Kentucky Music Teachers’ Association (Fall 2003) — One often hears that music is the universal language. I have been very fortunate to… [read more]

Carribean Fire Dance

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Tin Tin Deo

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Caravan

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How Insensitive

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Angelica

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Con Alma

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Nutville

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Mamacita

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Balaio

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Funji Mama

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The Girl From Ipanema

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As Time Goes By

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Someday My Prince Will Come

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Autumn Leaves

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Cantaloupe Island

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When I fall in Love

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St. Thomas

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Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

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Latin-Jazz

February 6, 2009 – detailed outline for school… [read more]

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Basic Tonal Concepts for Saxophone – Overtones

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Basic Tonal Concepts for Saxophone – Long Tones

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Basic Technical Concepts for the Saxophone

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Jazz Man

February 5, 2009 – WUOL Encore — While rehearsing his student jazz band for an upcoming concert, Mike Tracy looked like a man waiting for a bus. He walked to the… [read more]

Feature Article

February 5, 2009 – Saxophone Journal, Vol. 27 No. 1 — Those who have known Mike Tracy since he was the first student to major in saxophone at the University of… [read more]

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Jazz Ambassador. UofL’s Tracy takes music abroad

February 5, 2009 – Courier-Journal — Music professor Mike Tracy was looking forward to having some extra time at home to practice during his sabbatical from the… [read more]

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Five Important Questions

February 4, 2009 – LEO Weekly — Mike Tracy really doesn’t fit the jazz player stereotype: shrouded in mystery, behind a veil of cigarette smoke, smooth talking… [read more]

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Giant Steps: The Jazz Studies Program at UofL.

February 4, 2009 – UofL Magazine (Spring 2003) — The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at U of L has risen like an exhilarating jazz jam. The talented faculty… [read more]

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Jam sessions jazz up piece of paradise

February 4, 2009 – The Daily Mercury – Australia — Jamming with one of the greats in a tropical paradise – it sounds like every musician’s… [read more]

Take Five

February 4, 2009 – UofL Magazine — Early in their lives, five Russians heard John Coltrane or Dave Brubeck or Count Basie and got turned on to jazz. Now… [read more]

An Unlikely Symbiotic Relationship – A Unique Jazz Education / Island Resort Partnership

February 4, 2009 – IAJE Jazz Educators Journal… [read more]

If it’s Tuesday, This must be Louisville

February 4, 2009 – UofL Magazine — With an itinerary that rivals the most intensive world tour, five Russian jazz musicians have come to the United States for 15… [read more]

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Cuando el jazz se enseña

February 4, 2009 – La Nacion — LA PLATA.- La octavaediciónde La Plata Jazz Festival fueambiciosa en suscontenidos y rica en material… [read more]

World Class Jazz

February 4, 2009 – Courier-Journal — For the past decade, the profile of the University of Louisville’s School of Music has risen steadily among jazz educators,… [read more]

Yaroslavl Jazz Center Unites Russian Musicians, Educators

February 4, 2009 – Downbeat — At first sight, Yaroslavl doesn’t appear to be a jazz hotbed. This Russian industrial town of 600,000 largely eschews the European… [read more]

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The Moscow Times 8/22/08

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Your Moscow Guide 8-22-08

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Jazz Master Chick Corea Jams with Russian Jazz Players Open World article

February 3, 2009 – Imagine the following improbable story line: four young Russian jazz musicians depart from Moscow for their first-ever trip to the United… [read more]

Spreading his love of jazz around the globe

February 3, 2009 – Louisville Cardinal — When Michael Tracy was a teenager, he wanted to be a lawyer. “I was intrigued by the show Perry Mason,” said Tracy. So… [read more]

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Tracings

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LA PLATA JAZZ FESTIVAL: La Plata, Argentina (November 2007)

January 28, 2009 – I truly enjoyed playing at the La Plata Jazz Festival in 2007 with the David Becker Trio (David Becker – guitar, Bruce Becker –… [read more]

England – August 2008

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Russia – August 2008

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Italy – June 2008

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Latvia – June 2008

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Jazz Studies in Brazil

March 1, 2008Louisville Jazz Society Newsletter
In March 2008, seven faculty members from the University of Louisville Jamey Aebersold Jazz… [read more]

Brazil – March 2008

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Argentina – October 2007

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Italy – June 2007

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Argentina – November 2006

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A Year in Global Jazz

April 1, 2006 – Jazz Educators Journal — As someone who has actively been involved in the jazz education movement for more than 30 years, I have witnessed… [read more]

A Year in Global Jazz

April 1, 2006 – Jazz Educators Journal — As someone who has actively been involved in the jazz education movement for more than 30 years, I have witnessed… [read more]

Estonia – March 2006

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Finland – March 2006

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Russia – March 2006

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Australia October 2005

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Australia, Hamilton Island, and Jazz Education

October 1, 2005 – Imagine standing under a swaying palm tree, shading yourself from the blazing tropical sun; a welcome breeze off the ocean, helping to cool the… [read more]

Australia, Hamilton Island, and Jazz Education

October 1, 2005 – Imagine standing under a swaying palm tree, shading yourself from the blazing tropical sun; a welcome breeze off the ocean, helping to cool the… [read more]

England – August 2005

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Russia – March 2005

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Estonia – August – December 2004

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Brazil – June 2004

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Jazz in Estonia

February 4, 2004 – Friends and colleagues gave me the oddest looks when I told them that I was going to Tallinn, Estonia, for ten weeks. Why? To help build a jazz… [read more]

England – August 2003

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Singapore – March 2002

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Belize – March 2001

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Blue Note Classics: An Analytical, Comparative & Historical Study of Eleven Jazz Recordings

October 1, 1990(PROCESSES, APPLICATIONS, AND ETHICS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, JANUARY, 1990)
In music, when one composes, the artist creates new… [read more]

College Jazz: A Brighter Future in Sight

September 20, 1990(JAZZ EDUCATORS JOURNAL, FALL 1990)
When educators consider the inevitability of declining enrollment at colleges and universities,… [read more]

Aesthetic Education & the Jazz Ensemble

January 1, 1989(JAZZ RESEARCH PAPERS. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JAZZ EDUCATORS, 1989)
During the past quarter century, public and private… [read more]