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Liana Valente Receives Summer Faculty Research Fellowship

07/01/2019 Dr. Liana Valente, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Classical Voice, has been awarded a 2019 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship by the Howard University Office of Research. With support from this fellowship, Dr. Valente will spend part of her time during the next year writing a comprehensive introductory musicianship textbook for musical theater students. Once completed, this new text will be an invaluable resource for students preparing for a professional career on the musical theater stage.

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Blues Alley Features HU Jazz Faculty and Alumni

rev.6/28/19, 6/24/19, orig.6/7/2019. Blues Alley, "Washington's Premier Jazz Supper Club," has booked several Department of Music alumni as featured artists this summer. The historic jazz venue was founded in 1965 and has operated continuously since that time as one of the Nation's top jazz spots. It's location in a 19th-century carriage house in an alley in Georgetown—now named after the club—adds to the jazz mystique and allure. Read the Article

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HUJE Releases New CD

The Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE), under the direction of Fred Irby, III, released its annual CD at the end of April. As usual, the recording was recorded at Bias Recording Studios in Silver Spring, MD at the end of the previous academic year and is simply titled "HUJE 2018." Read a full review by Jack Bowers on "All About Jazz. Visit the new HUJE website. For copies of the CD, go to All About or contact Fred Irby, III at Read the Article

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Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Introduces Jazz Oral History Project

On March 7, 2019, Dr. Arthur Dawkins, Professor Emeritus, spoke to students during the Department's weekly recital period. His audio-visual presentation introduced his Jazz Oral History Project, now available in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at The Project comprises more than 290 hours of audio and video recordings of interviews conducted over a number of years by Dr. Dawkins and two others. The subjects are 15 of the major architects of modern jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and Max Roach. Dr. Read the Article