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Music Society Jam Session Will Honor Former Professor Gene Rush

For release: April 20, 2011
For press information, contact Wendy Sumner-Winter, 901-678-1562

Gene Rush
Gene Rush
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 artists.

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 wsumner1@memphis.edu  or 901-678-1562.

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