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The Interlochen Collection: Bill Sears

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Bill Sears directing the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble (2012-13 Academy year)

Bill Sears recently retired from Interlochen Center for the Arts after more than 30 years as director of jazz studies and instructor of saxophone.

Sears handpicked some of his favorite and most memorable performances from the past three decades to feature on the program.

Music heard in this program

"Eye of the Hurricane" (Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, January 1994)

"Wind Machine" (Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, January 1995)

"Ya Gotta Try Harder" (Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, May 2014)

"Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" (Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, January 2004)

"Kinda Dukish/Rockin' in Rhythm" (Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, May 2003)

"Jig-a-Jug" (Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Combo, December 2013)

"Dolphin Dance" (Bill Sears, Jeremy Allen, Luke Gillespie, Sean Dobbins, October 2014)

"Sleeping Dancer Sleep On" (Bill Sears, Robert Hurst, Gary Motley, Sean Dobbins, March 2019)

The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to The Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, support from IPR listeners, and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Michael Culler, Leo Gillis, and Eileen Ganter provided support on this episode.

Anastasia Scholze provided research and production support.

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