North Central College - Naperville, IL

In True Jazz Tradition, It Started with a Good Vibe

A good vibe led to Count Basie Orchestra alumnus, jazz trombonist and composer/ arranger T.S. Galloway joining North Central College's highly acclaimed Jazz Studies Program faculty this year.

Program director and jazz drummer Jack Mouse met Galloway several years ago when Mouse's wife, jazz vocalist and North Central instructor Janice Borla, was rehearsing for a performance with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, where Galloway arranged a song for her.

"We didn't have a trombone teacher—we just hadn't found the right one to complete our faculty lineup," Mouse says. "When I met T.S., I knew he was the guy. It was initially just a vibe thing."

Mouse and Borla stayed in touch with Galloway. When he contacted them with news he was moving to the area, the time was right to invite him to join North Central, they said.

Galloway, who previously taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory and The Hague, teaches jazz trombone, composing and arranging. A composer/arranger for the Center for Black Music Research and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, he was recently commissioned by the Chicago Jazz Festival to compose a work featuring world-renowned trombonist Julian Priester in tribute to legendary Chicago band director Captain Walter Dyett. Galloway's work premiered at the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park in August.

In addition to playing with the Basie orchestra, Galloway has been musical director and arranger for numerous productions in the United States and abroad. In 1992, he toured Germany and Spain with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has worked with Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Red Saunders and many other greats.

"Adding T.S. truly completes our outstanding jazz faculty," Mouse says.

North Central's program maintains an outstanding reputation among jazz educators and the global jazz community. Jazz media have ranked North Central's program in the top 10 percent of collegiate programs.

North Central NOW Spring 2008