“I have been writing music inspired by my recent work in Africa. This one was sparked by my first safari  – which followed the Mozambique International Music Festival in 2012.  The tour guide listed the many animals he had hoped we would see. In fact, we saw everything he predicted – and a Cheetah!”            Tom Knific

Tom Knific's CheetahThe WESTERN JAZZ QUARTET is a resident faculty ensemble in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. Formed in 1974, the quartet combines performing and teaching with uncommon success as they promote jazz music and jazz education through a very active schedule of tours, concerts and workshops.

Tom Knific – Bass
Andrew Rathbun – Saxophone
Jeremy Siskind – Piano
Keith Hall – Drums