25 Years of Jazz Studies
Launched in the spring of 1993, the Purchase College Jazz Studies program is celebrating 25 years of making great music and nurturing some of the best Jazz musicians in the universe.
“It’s an honor to celebrate such an important milestone for Jazz Studies at Purchase,” says noted Jazz pianist Pete Malinverni, who leads the program. “Our alumni are among the most talented and professional in the country, as evidenced by their accomplishments in Jazz clubs and festivals around the world, and on award-winning recordings. We are thrilled to invite the public to check out the next generation of leading Jazz artists right in their own back yard.”
Throughout the 2018–19 season, Jazz students from Purchase, as well as alumni and musical friends of the program, will perform on campus and at such noted New York City venues as the Blue Note, Birdland, and Dizzy’s (Lincoln Center).
Friends of Jazz Scholarship
Also coinciding with the 25th Anniversary is the launch of an effort to raise funds for a Friends of Jazz Scholarship Fund. All gifts will go to scholarships for students in the Jazz Studies program. Purchase maintains a strong commitment to the idea that any student talented enough to succeed in a program as competitive as Purchase Jazz should not be impeded by an inability to pay.
The James Moody Scholars program awards tuition funds to two Purchase Jazz Studies students annually who’ve demonstrated outstanding skills as musicians, along with an understanding of the values James Moody exemplified, of devotion to music, good citizenship, and service to mankind.
Past recipients have included Mike Troy, Chris Foe, Max Darche, Juan Sanchez, Andrew Gould, Nathaniel Ranson, Nicole Davis, Alexandra Hamburger, Andrew Latona, and Malik McLaurine.
The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation awards tuition funds to an outstanding Jazz Voice major who shows the kind of work ethic and intent on sharing music with the world personified by Ella Fitzgerald
Past recipients have included Maria Quintanilla and Lucy Wijnands.
About the Jazz Studies Program
The performance-driven curriculum strives to emphasize the practical, bringing “the street into the classroom.” With world-class performance and rehearsal facilities, the program enjoys an acclaimed reputation among today’s leading institutions. Read further about the Jazz Studies program here
25 Years of Jazz Stories
Being surrounded by writers, artists, actors, producers, etc. allowed me to collaborate in monumental ways, including cowriting and coproducing two full-length musicals in the Humanities Building.
There was always a practice room available, there was always someone to jam with, and there was always a faculty member to point you in the right direction.
I felt an overwhelming sense of community the moment I stepped in the doors.
Being a student of the Purchase Jazz Studies program means more than just staying in a practice room...It means getting to know who you are as a musician.
“Attending Purchase was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made!”
“[Purchase] was great for a person like me, because I was able to explore many of my interests. Purchase made the tools available and I just had to take advantage of them.”
“My time at Purchase College was formative and unforgettable…the opportunity to learn from such luminaries was mind-blowing.”
“Purchase gave me the space to grow and discover who I would become, musically and personally.”
Check back often as we celebrate our 25th anniversary through new stories about alumni, faculty, and current students posted during the 2018–19 academic year.