Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet
Consisting of award-winning artists based in the mid-west region of the United States, the Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet is building a new base of original jazz repertoire that accentuates the eclectic styles and talents of its members while paying respect to the great music traditions laid by many of our founding jazz pioneers…. in a refreshing and upwardly way!
Outstanding musicianship and artistic passion provide the perfect complement for excellence. Each Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet member is an award-winning, world-class musician with an exceptional performance and teaching resume. Collectively, their combined talents and musical aesthetics make their live performances memorable, exciting and full of variety.
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Vibes & Percussion
Gregory A. Carroll is the President, CEO & Founder of Midnight Blue Jazz, LLC – a global jazz collective & executive consultancy providing creative, scholarly and strategic services. Previous positions include: CEO – American Jazz Museum; Director of Education – International Association for Jazz Education; and Director of Jazz Studies – University of Colorado, Boulder. He is highly active as an award-winning clinician, guest artist, scholar, and executive leader. In addition to his own celebrated release entitled, Shavewo, Mr. Carroll can be heard on 22 recording projects including Everett Devan, Angela Hagenbach, the Hugh Ragin Collective, Midnight Blue Jazz Quartet, Leslie Drayton, Marc Sabatella, Peter Barbieri, Cat’s Night Out, the James Ward Band, and others.
Dr. Arthur White recently completed his tenure as director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri. White has recorded with Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Russell Malone, Robin Eubanks, Mike Mainieri, Mike Metheny, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Sean Jones, Jimmy Greene, Fred Wesley, and Dewey Redman. White will record his solo CD debut in 2016 for the Artists Recording Collective label.
A Midwest native, Dr. William Flynn is a young guitarist and composer emerging onto the contemporary jazz community with an increasingly original musical voice. William has spent years playing and freelancing in the Columbus, Dallas, and Wichita areas. Highlights include performances with his original music project Driver. F5 Magazine has hailed William’s writing as “uplifting and inspiring” and has described Driver as being able to “[lift] the music off the page and into the hearts of the audience. William’s writing for his self-led William Flynn Group can be heard on their self-titled 2012 EP.
Dr. Jeffery Utter is currently adjunct faculty at Washburn University and Kansas State Universities. Jeffery is active in the Topeka and Kansas City areas where he plays with various groups. Jeffery has had the fortune to perform with many great musicians including Darcy Hepner, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer, and others. He has held teaching positions at Doane College and Nebraska Wesleyan.
Dr. Tom Morgan is Director of Percussion Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Along with his teaching duties at Washburn, Dr. Morgan has a large private studio made up of elementary, junior high and high school percussion students from the surrounding community. He is the author of A Sequential Approach to Fundamental Snare Drum, and A Sequential Approach to Rudimental Snare Drum, The Musical Marimbist, and The Drumset Reading Workbook, all published by C. Alan Publications.