Guest Artists & Clinicians
Friday Night Concert | Guest Clinicians
True to its Greek goddess namesake, the all-star jazz supergroup Artemis draws back its bow and strikes true at high-wire interplay and pure joy. Hailing from America, Canada, Israel, Chile and Japan, the sextet features Renee Rosnes (piano / musical director), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Anat Cohen (clarinet), Noriko Ueda (bass), Allison Miller (drums) and tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, the latter of whom Convocations presented to sold-out Carnahan Hall crowds in 2014. Regularly leading their own bands, the artists of Artemis gather their genius for selections spanning Thelonious Monk to the Beatles—presented with passion, power and sensitivity.
This performance represents Convocations’ kick-off contribution to the 30th annual Purdue Jazz Festival. Tickets may be purchased here.
Guest Artist with Purdue Jazz Band | Guest Clinician
When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and the performing precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, Fuller is a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more. Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, fulfilling a demanding schedule as both a busy touring and recording artist and a full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Fuller’s resume makes her uniquely qualified for these roles. The Denver, Colorado native graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and summa cum laude with a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Already established as a leading jazz musician, Fuller was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with Grammy-winning pop star Beyoncé. Performing as part of the I AM … Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour on stages across the globe, Fuller also became a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I), I AM Yours I DVD (Wynn Theatre) and also appeared on number of major television shows, including Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, BET Awards, American Music Awards, Grammy Awards and as a featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House.
An accomplished solo artist in her own right, Fuller has recorded five full-length projects with her quartet. Her most recent album, Diamond Cut, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Instrumental Jazz category; produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington, the album also features two superb rhythm sections, both of which contain some of jazz world’s brightest luminaries – bassist Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, then bassist James Genus and drummer Bill Stewart. Adding texture and harmonic support of several compositions are guitarist Adam Rogers and organist Sam Yahel. Additionally, Carrington contributes to two tracks with percussion.
As a Professor at Berklee College of Music, Fuller shares her expertise with more than 70 students per week. She leads the college’s Rainbow Big Band and All-Stars, the Esperanza Ensemble, repertoire class, jazz improvisation, two jazz combos, and the Christian McBride Ensemble. In addition, she produces and directs groundbreaking large production ensembles focusing on the works of major pop innovators Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, and Micki Miller. Innovated by Fuller to provide more contemporary, real-world experiences for students, these ensembles are cross-collaborations with other college departments and duplicate an “A-list” tour production incorporating musicians, choreography, strings, dancers, video, and lighting. As an artist, performer, and teacher, Fuller feels that she is fulfilling her purpose here on this earth, which is to “serve as a light for others.”
Guest Artist with Purdue Jazz Band | Guest Clinician
The media refer to #1 selling artist, Aubrey Logan as “The Queen of Sass,” and it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, expert trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun! Her heart wrenching musical stories has audiences in tears just before her comedic relief has them in stitches.
The Seattle native, trained in trombone performance at Berklee College of Music, Logan soon after made her way to Los Angeles, with dreams of becoming L.A.’s “most cerebral musician with a personality”. Once there she created her own path, lining up professional work with acts as disparate as the Boston Pops, Pharrell, Josh Groban, Seth McFarlane, and Meghan Trainor, and at the same time amassing a huge online following thanks to her performances with the YouTube phenomenon PostModern Jukebox.
Her debut, Impossible, was a top 10 album on the iTunes, Billboard and Amazon charts. Her appearance on Summer Horns II, from A to Z, as a special guest of Dave Koz and Concord Records, became the No. 1 selling Contemporary Jazz Album. Aubrey’s features on Jimmy Kimmel, The Grammy Awards, a PBS special and London Live have kept her in the public eye and millions of fans have watched her head-spinning videos on YouTube and Facebook.
Aubrey is a transplanted Angeleno, with a love for all things on the sunny side of Southern California and a sharp wit about all its pitfalls. On her second studio album, Where the Sunshine Is Expensive, Logan pays homage to her adopted hometown, as only the Queen of Sass could: with a twinkle in her eye and a newfound confidence in her mind.
Aubrey Logan has performed more than 250 shows since 2016. Written in airports around the country (and in LAX, of course), Where the Sunshine Is Expensive came together as Logan accepted that love it or hate it (but mostly love it), L.A. has her heart.
Artist-in-Residence | Purdue Jazz Band Noon Concert, Guest Artist | Greater Lafayette Jazz Showcase, Guest Artist
Mark Buselli is director of jazz studies at Ball State University. Buselli has over fifty arrangements published for big bands, brass ensemble, and piano/trumpet. He has ten recordings out as a leader on the Owlstudios and OA2 record labels. He has performed with many notable artists and has played for four United States presidents.
Awards include: 2010-11 BSU College of Fine Arts Dean’s Creative Arts Award, Creative Renewal grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council in 2005, Teacher of the year award in 2004 at Butler University, Creative Vision award from NUVO in May, 2007, ¨Top ten CD release of 2009 (Dec 09) in JAZZIZ magazine for “An Old Soul,” ¨Top 100 CD of the decade (Jan 10) in Downbeat magazine for the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (BWJO) release of “Basically Baker,” 2012 Jazz Times Critics poll as being one of the five finalists for Large Jazz Ensemble of the year (BWJO), 2016 Basically Baker vol. 2 release (BWJO) went to #17 on the national jazz charts, and a 2017 inductee to the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame.
Mark was the featured trumpet soloist on the award winning short film “Claire and the Keys” released in 2015. Mark was a semi-finalist judge for the 2017 Essentially Ellington competition held at Lincoln Center in NYC and has served as a finalist for the National Jazz Trumpet Competition.
He has taken his college bands on tours of Russia, China, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. Buselli currently serves as Education Director of the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra in Indianapolis where he has created numerous educational opportunities for over 50 thousand students with their relationship to Arts For Learning of Indiana.
Mr. Buselli graduated from Berklee School of music in Boston and received his MM in Jazz studies from Indiana University. While at Indiana he was awarded a Performers Certificate. The late David Baker personally picked the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra to record his music.
He is a Yamaha performing artist and the Director of the Jazz track for the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mark resides in Indianapolis with his wife Andrea and daughter Sophia.
Drummer, composer, producer and director; Rodrigo Villanueva holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He has played and recorded with several jazz, classical and pop artists from Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the U.S. Among them are Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Eddie Gomez, Fareed Haque, Ed Saindon, Ben Sidran, Liam Teague, Rodolfo Sanchez, Lee Tomboulian, Hiro Morozumi, Jangeun Bae, Carlos Guedes, Takayoshi Yoshioka, Jon Anderson, Carlos Prieto, Roberto Limón, Sandra Kaye, Carla White, Tony Monaco, Reggie Thomas, Craig Butterfield, Anders Svanoe, Alex Mercado and Latin Pop singers: Lucero, Shaila Durcal and Alejandro Fernandez.
Rodrigo has taught drumset courses, clinics and workshops at many institutions of higher learning in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Korea, Singapore, Japan and the U.S. He has been featured at many international jazz festivals and conferences, including International Association for Jazz Education, Jazz Education Network, Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the International Band and Orchestra Midwest Clinic. He also has published several original compositions for large jazz ensembles (ASCAP). Rodrigo is currently a Full Professor of jazz studies at Northern Illinois University where he teaches jazz drumset, jazz arranging and directs the NIU Jazz Ensemble. Rodrigo performs regularly with his jazz trio and quartet, the Eddie Gomez Trio, the NIU Jazz Faculty Group Nucleus, Liam Teague’s Panoramic, Daniel Wong Trio and Anders Svanoe Trio. Rodrigo endorses Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth drumsticks and Latin Percussion. He also teaches at Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Pan Summer Program. In 2010, Rodrigo launched his own record label, Jazzling Records. the first production of this project was the Eddie Gomez Trio album: Live In Mexico City with the legendary Eddie Gomez on bass, Swedish pianist Stefan Karlsson and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums (© Jazzling Records 2010).