A revered acoustic bassist from Detroit’s jazz bass legacy will share her unwavering tempo and style with students and community as the eighth annual MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence Program continues to roll out its virtual season, Nov. 4-6.


Former MSU Jazz Studies student Marion Hayden (‘81–‘84) is the second guest in the lineup of working musicians, educators and composers conducting week-long residencies focused on jazz music and performance through the College of Music. Hayden’s residency will feature streamed performance and interactive virtual sessions, mirroring the university’s switch to remote learning and performances during the pandemic. She will also “virtually tour” with the MSU Jazz Octets — an advanced ensemble featuring a big band sound through a small group.


Remote sessions, video conferencing and interactive webinars will be tailored for different audiences that include MSU jazz studies students, high school students, students at the MSU Community Music Schools in East Lansing and Detroit, and the general public. The week-long residency wraps with a high-energy video performance of Hayden and the Jazz Octets that is free and open to the public via the college’s Livestream channel on Nov. 6.


“Marion Hayden was one of my role models growing up in the City of Detroit. Her sense of swing and sophistication had a profound effect on me as a young aspiring bassist,” said director of jazz studies Rodney Whitaker. “She embodies the Detroit jazz tradition of performing with and mentoring the next generation of jazz

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