Roland Vazquez (composer, drummer, educator, producer) has been performing and recording his original “Latin rhythmic chamber jazz” for quintet, nonet, big band, and chamber ensembles for over 40 years. From his critically acclaimed first international release, “Urban Ensemble – the Music of Roland Vazquez” (1979) to his most recent CD, “The Visitor” (2010) - an all-star NYC jazz orchestra (supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.), he has been widely recognized as an innovator; developing music that speaks from his culturally-diverse heritage via inclusive dynamic compositions; and through many high-energy performances by his internationally recognized ensembles at Festivals and venues around the world. As Jazz Faculty at Manhattan School of Music and then at University of Michigan (between 1988 and 2006), he established and directed multiple ensembles, taught Jazz Composition, and also presented “Music of the Afro Latin Diaspora” (at University of Michigan’s American Culture/Ethnic Studies wing).
Currently teaching as Adjunct Artist Faculty at Vassar and Bard Colleges, he continues composing and recording, while performing concerts and presenting clinics in residencies at colleges around the country (Eastman, Berklee, UCCM, Ohio U, U of Wisconsin, etc.).
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Research and Academic Interests
Percussion; History of Jazz & Afro Caribbean music; Jazz Composition
Departments and Programs
MUSI 78 Percussion
MUSI 178 Percussion
MUSI 278 Percussion
MUSI 378 Percussion
MUSI 380 4th Year Instruction
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