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Homegrown Hip!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual B’Town Jazz Fest had to be cancelled this year. However, B’Town Jazz has taken up the challenge of producing a series of virtual performances that you won’t want to miss!

A new video will premiere on the
first Saturday of each month @ 8pm Eastern
Sept. 2020 – Aug. 2021

Dec. 5 – Episode #4
the Dillingham / Dobbins / Ward Trio

The holiday season episode of Homegrown Hip will feature music and conversation with three amazingly versatile musicians from the Jazz Studies faculty at the IU Jacobs School of Music: Christian Dillingham, Sean Dobbins, and Greg Ward.


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Episode #4: 

Bassist Christian Dillingham, an IU faculty member since the fall, is that rare musician who excels in an orchestral setting, yet has an intuitive feel for nuance and the improvisational skills necessary to play jazz. He played rock and jazz bands throughout high school, then studied music in college. He is or has been or a member of many Chicago area classical, jazz and avant-garde orchestras, bands, and projects, and leads the Christian Dillingham Quintet, which draws from all of his experiences to explore Western classical music and American folk traditions in an improvised jazz context.

Drummer Sean Dobbins has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including a Woody Herman Jazz Award for outstanding musicianship and a Louis Armstrong Scholarship. He has performed with many well-known musicians, as well as educated others as faculty at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, director of jazz studies at Oakland University, and jazz program director at Community Music School–Detroit, before joining Indiana University.

Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward has performed and recorded with a variety of performers and maintains an active international touring schedule with a number of groups.  As a composer, he has received commissions from the Jazz Gallery in NYC, Chicago Jazz Institute, City of Chicago’s Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz Series, and the Peoria Ballet Company. He is currently working on a commission for B’Town Jazz, which will reflect on the racial crisis in our nation and underscore the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement!  (See btownjazz.org for more information and a chance to contribute!)

Join us Dec. 5 at 8pm to add some jazz to your weekend and have a wonderful and safe, if a little strange, holiday season!


B’Town Jazz Board 2020:

  • John Porter, President
  • Chris Parker, Vice President
  • Andrea Wiley, Treasurer
  • Lisa Ensman, Secretary
  • Zachary Finnegan, Member at Large
  • Janis Stockhouse, Member at Large
Additional Committee Members:

  • Pat Harbison, Professor of Music,
    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Clark Hunt, Director, Drive-By Big Band
  • Jeffrey Parker, Student, IU Jacobs School of Music
  • Steve Peterson, Steve Peterson Photography
  • Video production and editing:  Chris Parker
  • Social Media: Hannah Tarbert
  • Graphic design:  Dhruv Shankar