TWIN FALLS • In April, two musicians from Seattle will bring their love of drums and bass to Idaho and make sweet music.

And the public is invited to attend two events - a jazz master class and then a concert - at the College of Southern Idaho.

On Thursday, April 4, bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer John Bishop will present a jazz master class and concert in CSI’s Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The master class will feature students from CSI’s jazz combo program. They’ll perform for Deardorf and Bishop, who will then offer comments and suggestions.

“I love working with younger musicians and seeing the talent that’s out there,” Deardorf said. “They (students) keep you young - while teaching them the music that influenced you and your peers, they absorb that but start working on the music that will follow our generation ... very inspiring to watch.”

Brent Jensen, assistant professor of music, said while the class will be pretty technical, people with an interest in jazz may enjoy seeing the process that jazz musicians go through and gain some insights into jazz pedagogy.

“This is the first time I’ve had Chuck to CSI ... John has been here several times in the past,” Jensen wrote in an email. “I’ve known John since 2001 and we’ve collaborated on several projects. I’ve had him over to CSI for master classes and concerts in the past.”

For more than 30 years, Bishop has performed in concerts and clubs with numerous musicians. He has been involved in recordings for more than 100 albums, including a Grammy-nominated recording on RCA with singer Mark Murphy.

Bishop was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008.

Chuck Deardorf is a teacher and educator at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he also enjoyed a number of years as director of jazz studies.

Deardorg and Bishop’s visit will also be a musical reunion for Jensen, who will play with the bassist and drummer along with CSI faculty member, Michael Frew, on the guitar during a jazz concert the same night.

“John and I are both members of the jazz quartet, ‘Wellstone Conspiracy.’ We played at the Jazz on the Canyon Rim last July in Twin Falls,” Jensen said. “Chuck was the bassist on a CD I did back in 2000, ‘Brent Jensen Meets the Dave Peck Trio,’ and I played with him on a concert last December in Seattle.”

If You Go

Bassist Chuck Deardorf and drummer John Bishop will present a jazz master class at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the College of Southern Idaho’s Fine Arts Recital Hall. The class is open to the public to attend and watch.

Then, the Seattle jazz musicians will join CSI faculty members Brent Jensen, saxophone, and Michael Frew, guitar, for a jazz concert that evening at 6 p.m. in the CSI Recital Hall.

Donations to benefit the newly-established CSI Jazz Camp ( will be accepted at the door.

The quartet of Chuck Deardorf, John Bishop, Brent Jensen and Michael Frew will also perform from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 5 for “First Friday” at Rudy’s- A Cook’s Paradise, 147 Main Ave. N., in Twin Falls.

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