Jim performing at Duke Chapel for Service of Remembrance for
John Hope Franklin
with President Bill Clinton in attendance
Mr. Ketch is a Bach/Selmer Paris trumpet artist and clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation. He is a faculty artist for both the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops at the University of Louisville and the Savannah Music Festival. Mr. Ketch, serving as artist-clinician and consultant, has joined with Marcus Roberts in providing the leadership for the creation of the Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central. This is a national high school jazz band competition begun in 2008. Mr. Ketch has served as conductor for All-State Jazz Ensembles in Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New Hampshire. As a former graduate student of trumpeter David Hickman, Mr. Ketch was active in the Keystone Brass Institutes, in conjunction with the Summit Brass. Mr. Ketch has served a President of the North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators and he was a co-recipient of the first Jazz Service Award presented by the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for distinguished service to jazz education in North Carolina. From 2001-2004, he was Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His articles on trumpet issues and jazz studies have appeared in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, the Journal of the International Association of Jazz Education, and the North Carolina Music Educator.
Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, Jim, Ted Nash in concert at the Savannah Jazz Festival