Rachel Bade-McMurphy

Rachel Bade-McMurphy

Rachel Bade-McMurphy is an award-winning vocalist, saxophonist and composer.  Spawned in rural the Inland Northwest, she received her bachelor’s degree in music from Washington State university and masters degree from Eastern Washington University in Jazz studies .  She has released two CDs of all-original music which have received international airplay and has written background music for Emmy-nominated promotional spots for KHQ-Q6 of Spokane.    She is a woodwind specialist in the Mead school district, maintains a private music studio and is on staff at Holy Names Music Center where she runs the legacy jazz program designing classes, festivals, camps and workshops.  In addition to teaching and performing, Rachel is an advocate for Jazz and the local music scene.  She is the founder of the non-profit organization Imagine Jazz, a 2019 recipient of Spokane Art Grant Award for the purpose of providing Spokane concerts, educational events and jam sessions to enrich the community. She also works for Spokane Public Radio hosting the “Afternoon in Jazz” on friday afternoons. 


Past Guest Clinicans include:

The Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles program (SAJE) was established in 2003.  It began under the direction of Rob Tapper with one big band fielding some of the finest young jazz musicians in the area. Since the first year, the program has expanded to the Middle School level and has served hundreds of young musicians.


Brian McCann assumed control of the organization upon Rob's departure in 2012. During Brian's tenure, the program flourished with highlights including the implementation of the All-star JAM group in addition to the SAJE in the summer program.


In 2017, Christopher Parkin was named Artistic Director. Covid-19 hit in early 2020 and the program was not able to run in its normal capacity for 2 years.


In 2022, SAJE is being relaunched with a new director, Rachel Bade-McMurphy. 


Dave Pietro, Dana Landry, Marcus Printup, Mark Taylor, Reggie Thomas, Paul McKee, Bijon Watson, Willie Jones, Steve Treseler