“I want to be a force for real good. In other words, I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.”
- John Coltrane,
Seth Ebersole is a saxophonist and educator hailing from the Philadelphia area. He has shared the stage and recorded with with some of the finest musicians in jazz including Terell Stafford, Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Dick Oatts, Etienne Charles and many others. A graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music as well as the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, Seth recently joined the faculty of the Saginaw Valley State University Department of Music where he works as Instructor of Jazz Ensemble and Improvisation. Seth maintains a busy work schedule teaching and performing both jazz and commercial music.
Eddie Codrington, a Harper C. Maybee and Howard Luckey jazz scholar, is a saxophonist and composer from Ann Arbor, MI. Codrington’s improvisational style is rooted heavily in the subtle melodicism of the cool jazz tradition and extends to the bold, complex nature of the modern electronic jazz scene. His compositions explore a combination of elements between jazz and other genres such as hip-hop, rock, electronica and classical. His latest works include The Archangel Suite, an original four-movement suite for electronic jazz ensemble, "Obsidian Galaxy," a collaboration project between the Advanced Jazz Ensemble and new music composer Dr. Christopher Biggs, and “Atlantic Exodus,” a collaboration project between Western Michigan University's Advanced Jazz Ensemble and contemporary ensemble Birds on a Wire. In 2018, Codrington received an honorable mention in the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards for “Atlantic Exodus.” Codrington earned a BM in Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University where he studied saxophone with Dr. Andrew Rathbun and composition with Dr. David Colson. He’s currently working as the graduate assistant of the saxophone studio while earning his master's degree at WMU.