Born: July 28, 1939 Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor
Jim Knapp, director of the Jim Knapp Orchestra, trumpet player, composer, and teacher was born in Chicago, received BA and MA degrees in Music Composition from the University of Illinois, and lives in Seattle. He has served as director of The Composers and Improvisors Orchestra and has led various small jazz groups such as Ohio Howie and the Temple of Boom, and the J- Word. After developing the Jazz Program at Cornish College, he continues to teach there with the academic rank of professor. The list of courses taught at Cornish include 16th Century Counterpoint, Improvisation, Composition, Arranging, Jazz Theory II, Composition Seminar (string quartets), Standards, Jazz Orchestra, Ensembles, Rhythm, Sight-reading and Trumpet...
Awards:Earshot “Best Acoustic Jazz Group” award in 1995 Things For Now, received the Earshot “Jazz Record Of The Year” award in 1999. Earshot Hall of Fame 2006
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Professor of Music. Cornish College of the Arts. Courses taught: Jazz Theory II, Composition, Arranging, Ensemble.