Jazz Pioneer Roscoe Mitchell Marked for Dismissal at Mills College 

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...

Source: KQED Arts. Well, this is not good. Academia is one of the few steady gigs for accomplished creative musicians.

Roscoe Mitchell, the influential saxophonist known for groundbreaking work in jazz and orchestral music, is in danger of losing his job at Mills College due to the Oakland-based university’s financial problems.

A founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago who was once described as “one of the most important musicians in jazz” by the New York Times, Mitchell is one of 11 faculty members expected to lose his position, according to Chris Brown, the co-director at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music.