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VIDEO NEWS: St. Olaf jazz wins big

By Daniel Haywood '11
May 2, 2011

The St. Olaf Jazz I ensemble recently was named best large undergraduate ensemble by Downbeat magazine. Faculty member Dave Hagedorn calls the "huge" win "a testament to the level of skill these guys have, and what they're doing."

"Amid the stringent framework of their other, more formal ensembles, the Jazz I students discuss Bill Evans, Joe Phillips, Ornette Coleman and Fred Sturm as musical influences," writes Hilary Brown in the June issue of Downbeat. "But it's the light-heartedness and spontaneity of Hagedorn's teaching style that keeps students on their toes and focused on the material."

Read news stories about the win, and catch the live and archived online stream of the ensemble's May 6 performance.

Contact David Gonnerman at 507-786-3315 or