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March 7, 2015

Steve Zegree dies

Stephen Zegree, former Western Michigan University music professor and director of the vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company, died this morning at his home in Bloomington, Indiana.

Zegree, 61, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this fall. He began hospice care recently.

Zegree taught at Western Michigan University for 34 years before leaving in 2012 to join the faculty at Indiana University. While at Western, he was the WMU Bobby McFerrin Distinguished Professor of Music, he taught piano and vocal jazz, performed with the Western Jazz Quartet, and was the director of the popular vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company.

Under his direction, Gold Company won almost 50 Outstanding Performance awards from DownBeat magazine and the group performed at major jazz festivals and events such as the International Association for Jazz Education and the World Symposium on Choral Music. The group also performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Kurt Elling and John Hendricks. Read more.

How sad to lose another vocal jazz great. I had the pleasure of working with Steve on several occasions and he truly was a gracious and kind man.

Posted by acapnews at March 7, 2015 12:00 AM