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Purdue Ft Wayne Jazz Fest Program 2022

January 22, 2022 – … [read more]

Challenges for Higher Education in Arts in Times of Pandemic, Music Edition

December 21, 2021 – Universidad de las Artes (UArtes) Guayaquil,… [read more]

Let’s Jazz!  – Clausura del Semestre de los Estados Unidos

December 3, 2021 – Universidad el Bosque (UEB), Bogota, Colombia – December 3,… [read more]

Latin Music Awards Kentucky

September 25, 2021 – I am very honored to be recognized by our Latin music community – “The Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to our… [read more]

Latin Music Awards Kentucky

September 25, 2021 – Honored to receive “The Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to our Latino music Community in… [read more]

Festival Internacional de Musica em Casa

June 20, 2020 – Sponsored by Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Online master class on jazz repertoire presented to participants throughout… [read more]

Maestro del Jazz

October 13, 2019 – Pontifical Universidad Catolica del Peru, October 7-13, 2019 — This week, renowned American saxophonist Mike Tracy will give master classes… [read more]

Maestro del Jazz

October 13, 2019 – Pontifical Universidad Catolica del Peru, October 7-13, 2019 — This week, renowned American saxophonist Mike Tracy will give master… [read more]

All the World’s a Stage This Summer for UofL Students and Faculty.

June 11, 2019 – by Niki King, UofL News – Arts and Humanities — UofL’s School of Music is going worldwide this summer with an especially long list of travel… [read more]

Art Reduces Conflict in the World

June 3, 2019 – InforUArtes (Edición No. 5.  June 3, 2019) — Michael Tracy, American musician, saxophonist and educator, gave a master class on… [read more]

Visita de “embaixador do Jazz” dá início a série de Intercâmbios da Fames

March 28, 2019 – A Faculdade de Música do Espírito Santo (Fames) promove hoje, o workshop “A História do… [read more]

Performance at Kexland

July 19, 2018 – Reykjavik,… [read more]

Noche de Jazz: Colombia Y Estados Unidos

March 9, 2018 – … [read more]

To the sound of trumpets and saxophones the Jazz Workshops culminated in El Bosque

March 1, 2018 – To the sound of trumpets and saxophones the Jazz Workshops culminated in El Bosque. Universidad El Bosque, Atre y entretenimiento (Bogota) –… [read more]

UofL Jazz Mike Tracy talks Jazz Fest 2018

February 21, 2018 – by Niki King, UofL News – Arts and Humanities. — The UofL School of Music’s 26th annual Jazz Fest, is Feb. 22-24. As usual, it… [read more]

Louisville Metro Proclamation – Mike Tracy Day!

October 10, 2017 – I am truly touched to have been given such a recognition by the Mayor and others in my… [read more]

UofL professor practices the ‘art’ of diplomacy

November 29, 2016 – UofL Magazine (Fall 2016) — Mike Tracy, professor and director of the School of Music’s jazz studies program, is what you might call a world… [read more]

Cultural Exchange

October 1, 2016 – by Marty Rosen, Downbeat — THE COMBINATION OF TREMENDOUS musical talent and incredible patience has allowed saxophonist Michael Tracy to… [read more]

WHAS Great Day Live

September 12, 2016 – Fun playing with Gabe… [read more]

Georgian jazz festival pulls in UofL duo

June 27, 2016 – by Marty Rosen, Courier Journal — Late on the second night of this year’s Kavkaz Jazz Festival – a fixture on Tbilisi’s summer arts… [read more]

Kavkaz Jazz Festival 2016 opening night

June 8, 2016 – Opening night… [read more]

The world is a stage for UofL jazz professor

May 28, 2016 – Last week he left for teaching engagements and performances in China, and later this summer he’ll land in the Republic of Georgia and… [read more]

UofL professors teach jazz, spread diplomacy

May 27, 2016 – by Jeffrey Lee Pucket, Courier Journal — Mike Tracy has visited dozens of countries as a music educator, sharing his knowledge of jazz with a… [read more]

UofL professor to teach jazz workshop in Republic of Georgia

May 25, 2016 – Live performance on WHAS 11 Great Day live with Craig… [read more]

China Tour

May 13, 2016 – May 3-13, 2016 – Chengdu, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Shanghai. Pianist Winton Reynolds and I worked with students, educators, performers and… [read more]

The world is a stage for UofL jazz professor

May 10, 2016 – by Niki King, UofL News — UofL Jazz Professor Michael Tracy has hit the road again.  Last week he left for teaching engagements and… [read more]

UofL Jazz Fest brings world renowned jazz artists to Kentucky

February 19, 2016 – WHAS-TV — Performance by Mike Tracy and Andre Gonsalves… [read more]

Bogota, Colombia – Formación Musical de la Universidad El Bosque

November 5, 2015 – My first visit to Colombia and Universidad El Bosque thanks to Javier… [read more]

Paramount Arts Center

June 12, 2015 – JAZZ ALLEY — Fun evening performing a variety of Brazilian styles with an exceptional group.  Check out the program and… [read more]


June 12, 2015 – Fun evening performing a variety of Brazilian styles with an exceptional group. Check out the program and… [read more]

2nd ENSAX Saxophone Conference

June 5, 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]

Concerts: Casa Thomas Jefferson & C’est si Bon – Brasilia, Brazil

March 5, 2015 – Wonderful time playing with master Brazilian musicians – Renato Vasconcellos, piano and Bruno Mangueira, guitar – for my friends at Casa Thomas… [read more]

UofL continues to pull in top-notch talent

February 25, 2015 – Insider Louisville — Jazz students and lovers of the form, take note. The Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of… [read more]

B-sides: The Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble

January 28, 2015 – LEO Weekly – Mike Tracy spoke to LEO just after returning from one of his many trips to Brazil, where he visited friends and soaked in music…. [read more]

WHAS Great Day Live

January 26, 2015 – Interview and performance with the Mike Tracy Brazilian… [read more]

Musical Journey: Polish opera students visit UofL to cllaborate on ‘Don Giovanni.’

January 20, 2014 – Courier-Journal – It all started with messages from a stranger. An American with links to Poland contacted Mike Tracy with concerns about a… [read more]

Italy 2013 – Milano, Taormina

October 12, 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]

Faculty Music Gala Wows Audience

September 9, 2013 – by Natalie Moser, Louisville Cardinal — The University of Louisville’s  Twenty-first Annual Faculty Gala Concert was an evening of rich… [read more]

Poland / Czech Republic 2013 (5/2013)

May 31, 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]

Brazil 2013 – Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Natal

May 31, 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]

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]

Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble

May 5, 2013 – Always fun playing music from Brazil and even more enjoyable when performed with young musicians from that… [read more]

Twenty years of jazz

February 20, 2013 – By Martin Z. Kasdan Jr. The University of Louisville’s School of Music is celebrating 20 years of stellar jazzpresentations, and Mike Tracy,… [read more]

Jazz studies at UofL: Why it may be the happiest major on campus

November 21, 2012 – By Simon Isham – Louisville Cardinal — Jazz Studies at U of L may well be the happiest major on campus. When walking by the School of Music,… [read more]

Jazz brings world together at UofL

July 18, 2012 – Jazz students and musicians from around the world gathered at UofL recently when the School of Music hosted the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop…. [read more]

The Sunday Session on Crescent Hill Radio

January 1, 2012 – Guitarist Diego Palma is the host of a weekly jazz radio show – The Sunday Sessions – on the internet radio station Crescent Hill Radio and… [read more]

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

June 24, 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 one… [read more]

Somethin’ Else: This Weeks Featured Artist. (4/6/2011)

April 6, 2011 – I was recently honored to be featured artist on the Oberlin College and Community Radio ( Sunday jazz show.  Host Aidan Plank… [read more]

Jazz Sinfoncio – Loja, Eucador (3/14 thru 18, 2011)

March 18, 2011 – I was the featured artist with the Loja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) on their first all jazz program – Jazz Sinfoncio.  This was a wonderful… [read more]

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

March 12, 2011 – I took the opportunity to work with student at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito during my first visit to Ecuador.  It was a great time… [read more]

La Plata Jazz Festival 11va. Edición

November 21, 2010 – The 11th edition of the 2010 La Plata (Argentina) Jazz Festival was an exciting weekend which featured performing group from throughout the… [read more]

Big Rock Jazz Fest

October 3, 2010 – The Mike Tracy Quintet The Mike Tracy Quintet is the headliner for this year’s the Bgi Rock Jaz Fest. The group si acombination of… [read more]

Big Rock Jazz Fest – Fall for Jazz – Wingspan

September 1, 2010 – Louisville Jazz Society Newsletter — The Mike Tracy Jazz Quintet featuring Renato Vasconcellos will perform at a number of fall jazz… [read more]

UofL Open World Jazz Program YouTube video detailing February 2010 visit

March 5, 2010 – … [read more]

Jazz: At the Library Photos from concert for Jazz Arts Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky

February 11, 2010 – Brazilian ensemble featuring Renato Vasconcellos – piano, Chris Fitzgerald – bass, Mike Hyman – drums, and Mike Tracy -… [read more]

Muzenergo Jazz Festival Review in, Release of #19, 2009

December 31, 2009 – Review of Muzenergo International Jazz Festival by Cyril Moshkov, editor of… [read more]

Rostov-on-the-Don International Jazz Festival

November 30, 2009 – Program cover and text for the 2009 International Jazz Festival -… [read more]

Photos from Russian Tour

November 30, 2009 – … [read more]

Muzenergo Jazz Festival

November 22, 2009 – Performance at the Muzenergo International Jazz Festival – Kimry, Russia – with the Nick Kulikov Quartet – Nick Kulikov… [read more]

Student Jazz Group from Louisville Heads to Russia

November 20, 2009 – by Lee Mergner, — For most school bands, hitting the road usually means at best a trip to some school festival or competition or… [read more]

Tools of the Trade JazzTimes 2009-2010

October 7, 2009 – Jazz Education Guide Collected & Edited by Jeff Tamarkin (Sept/Oct 2009) — Top jazz educators choose the resources they can’t teach… [read more]

Jazz Connection: Open World All-Stars

October 5, 2009 – by Scott Yanow, JazzTimes — Russia meets Louisville on this two-CD set with the visitors dominating the music.  Four Russian combos, all call… [read more]

Leeds International Jazz Conference Scene & Heard

September 1, 2009 – by Ivor Widdison, Jazz UK (8/2009) Issue 88 — Overview of Leeds International Jazz… [read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Relationships and Open World

October 31, 2008Louisville Jazz Society Newsletter
As we look forward to receiving another group of Russian jazz students as part of the Open World… [read more]

Jazz At Hermitage Garden

August 24, 2008 – Moscow television station arts news broadcast Jazz At Hermitage Garden – Review. Jazz Times (8/24/08) Russia has a long, complicated… [read more]

Annone: ottimo il debutto dell’Art & Music

June 27, 2008 – La Provincia — Raffinato ed elegante il suono di Mike Tracy e del Davide Logiri Trio a Villa… [read more]

Jazz Studies in Brazil

March 31, 2008 – Louisville Jazz Society Newsletter — In March 2008, seven faculty members from the University of Louisville Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies… [read more]

La Plata Jazz Festival  (11/6 2007)

November 6, 2007 – Performance at the La Plata (Argentina) Jazz Festival in November with Renato Vasconcellos (piano), David Becker (guitar), Bruce Becker (drums)… [read more]

Una buena idea con escasa repercusión

November 16, 2006 – La Nacion — Ocurre a menudo que una propuesta interesante no tiene el suficiente respaldo en términos de público. En el jazz, especialmente,… [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]

IASJ Meeting Liebman: University of Louisville

February 28, 2006 – For the 16th meeting of the International Association of Schools of Jazz, we were in the States for the third time at the University of… [read more]

American Cultural Center Enters Fifth Year

February 2, 2006 – St. Petersburg (Russia) Times — … the University of Louisville Jazz Ensemble is giving a free… [read more]

Jazz on Hamilton

October 26, 2005 – The Daily Mercury – Australia — A music professor from Louisville, Kentucky will team up with Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music… [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]

Building a Jazz Education Program from the Ground Up

September 1, 2005 – In Estonia. Louisville Jazz Society… [read more]

Jazz Education in Russia

January 1, 2005 – by Cyril Moshkow,… [read more]

Eastern Europe and all that jazz

December 6, 2004 – University of Louisville News — Say jazz and most Americans immediately think of New Orleans or Chicago — not Russia, Poland or… [read more]

Young and In Love

June 30, 2004 – LEO Weekly — New cats negating notions of insider nods and secret… [read more]

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]

Ten Years of ‘Crazy’ Music

February 19, 2003 – LEO Weekly — I went crazy. You can quote me on that. And you won’t get any arguments from anyone who knows… [read more]

Jazz Workshop and Evening Performance

March 30, 2001 – … [read more]

Jazz em Concerto

November 10, 1998 – Dios/Correio Brasiliense — O saxofonista Michael Tracy é solista do concerto que a Orquestra de Música Popular da Universidade de… [read more]

Cathedral Kicks off Series

October 4, 1997 – Courier-Journal — Denine LeBlanc and Mike Tracy kicked off the Downtown Arts and Music… [read more]

Saxophone and Piano Concert

January 29, 1997 – The Lebanon Enterprise — Saxophone and piano concert is Thursday at Loretto… [read more]

A True Jazz Lover

August 1, 1990 – Louisville Jazz Society — When Mike Tracy was a little boy his father told him, “Whatever you do in life, do something you love, because I… [read more]

Hungering for Jazz

January 1, 1990 – Courier-Journal — Hungarian saxophonist strives to get UofL… [read more]

Jazz Society gears up to move beyond Be-Bop

September 1, 1987 – Courier-Journal — When Gus Coin died last year, he took a little of the Louisville Jazz Society with him. Coin, the society’s tireless… [read more]

Artists in Residence

May 27, 1986 – Courier-Journal — The Kentucky Arts Council Artists-in-Education Residency Program is a continuing program that brings artists into Kentucky… [read more]

Horns of Plenty – Courier-Journal 1985

November 1, 1985 – When you’re hot, you’re hot. And right now jazz is hot in… [read more]

Club Profile – Greenstreet Tavern – Louisville Scene 1985

September 20, 1985 – Located within Howard Johnson’s Hotel, 100 East Jefferson, Greenstreet Tavern has recently abandoned their long-running variety and Top 40… [read more]

Greenstreet Tavern now features live jazz music – 1985

September 12, 1985 – … [read more]

Greenstreet Tavern starts jazzing up its act – The Louisville Skyline 10/30/1985

September 8, 1985 – The Greenstreet Tavern has jazzed up its act. – The Louisville Skyline… [read more]

UofL clinic has students being taught all that jazz – Courier-Journal Cityscape 7/21/1985

July 21, 1985 – The Dave Brubeck Quartet once recorded a fine, melodic composition called “One Moment Worth Years,” a palette of the many hues of… [read more]

Louisville jazzman Mike Tracy is always teaching it or playing it – Courier-Journal 1985

July 10, 1985 – Remember the old 1950’s stereotype of a jazz musician?… [read more]


July 7, 1981 – Louisville Times – Two Louisville artists say their music isn’t at home in their hometown now… [read more]

Louisville Jazz

August 24, 1980 – Courier-Journal, 1980 — It’s been around for a while and it’s here to… [read more]