For release: April 20, 2011
For press information, contact Wendy Sumner-Winter, 901-678-1562
The University of Memphis Music Society will host a Jam Session on Tuesday, May 3,
from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Drum Shop, 878 S. Cooper. A house band will set the
beat with a keyboard, guitar, and trap drums, and musicians are encouraged to bring
their own instruments to play along.
Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night. Light appetizers and wine will be
served. Admission is free for U of M Alumni Association members and $10 for others.
During the evening, the Music Society will present its Award of Distinction to Gene
Rush, professor emeritus of jazz and studio music at the U of M. Rush coordinated the graduate
and undergraduate jazz studies programs for 20 years. In a career that has spanned
nearly four decades, he has appeared on 23 albums and performed with many international
recording artists, from John Abercrombie to Attila Zoller. Rush has also arranged
and conducted recording sessions for Roberta Flack, Cybill Shepherd, and other popular
A former governor of the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts
and Sciences (NARAS), he served as chairman of the chapter’s arranging/composing craft
committee for 10 years. Rush also is former president of the Tennessee unit of the
International Association of Jazz Educators. Since 1981, he has directed instructional
programs at the Attila Zoller Vermont Jazz Center.
To RSVP for the jam session, or for more information about it, contact alumni coordinator
Wendy Sumner-Winter at email@example.com or 901-678-1562.