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Two trombonists making a name in jazz

By Sarah Foster

January 29, 2015


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Jim Pugh has a variety of extraordinary experiences to share with his students.Throughout his half-century-long musicianship, the trombonist and professor of jazz studies has written and directed pieces for symphonies. He’s soloed on soundtracks for feature films, and he’s had his head smashed in a tr...

UI professor tours, records, connects through jazz

UI professor tours, records, connects through jazz

By Sarah Foster

December 3, 2014


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When he first saw it, he was ten years old. And, for whatever reason, he thought it might be interesting. Now 54 years later, Jim Pugh, professor of jazz studies at the University, sits in his office behind the door’s “Bone Island” sign, a shorthand nod to his life’s profession. He tries to re...