MM, University of North Texas
Building: PAC, Room 249
Department Position: Music faculty
Professor Rocky Winslow has been the director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Chico since joining our music faculty in the fall of 2002. Rocky holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Texas where he was a featured soloist with the One O'Clock lab band and can be heard on five of their CDs. Jazz Studies at CSU, Chico boasts two big bands and several jazz combos. The flagship ensemble, Jazz X-Press has been proud to host concerts with guest artists such as Grammy Award singer Terry Richards, Bobby Shew, Greg Gisbert, Sinatra's jazz pianist and conductor Vincent Falcone, trombonist Mark Patterson, drummer and recipient of the 2006 Presidential Teaching Award Paul Romaine, along with many others. The X-Press was a featured group summer 2008 at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado. Rocky is also a popular clinician having served as the all-state guest conductor and a clinician for Music Education Associations in Texas, Nevada, California, Arkansas, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, and Scotland. As a performer, Rocky has shared the stage with, recorded, and toured with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Vincent Falcone Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations, Don Menza Big Band, Natalie Cole, Drew Carey, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, Bob Newhart, and many others. Rocky's last two CD recordings, both on Troppe Note Records, “Simple Complications, and “Out of the Blue” feature many of his original compositions and boast some terrific side men including former members of the famed Bill Evans trio Eddie Gomez and Elliot Zigmund.