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Bill Lowe

February 7, 2014


Bass trombonist and tubaist Bill Lowe is a performer, composer, producer, and educator. Having worked with masters of African-American musical expression across many genres, he has been a major influence in the music world.

Lowe’s musical experience includes working with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, and Eartha Kitt. He has collaborated with leaders of the avant-garde, and mentored and inspired up and coming musicians from all over the world. In addition to performing and studying music, incorporating jazz into the university setting has been one of Lowe’s passions.

As an educator, Professor Lowe offers a broad perspective of jazz studies that moves away from the usual star-centered studies, and focuses on the experiences of the musicians that have kept this music alive. Professor Lowe has taught African American studies, Jazz Studies, and Music at several major universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Columbia University, Barnard College, , Wesleyan University, Yale University, City University in New York, and the New England Conservatory. In addition to teaching, Lowe has lectured to audiences about jazz in many parts of the world, including Cuba and London.

Nina Blalock CAS’14

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