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August 16, 2017

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Tamir Hendelman Trio East Coast Tour
with Marco Panascia and Matt Wilson


Tamir Hendelman famously drives the piano seats of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and has performed with Claudio Roditi, Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Barbra Streisand, and James Moody.

Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30pm:
Temple University Gittis Center, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, Sept. 7th at 6pm:
Birdland Jazz Club, NYC

Friday, Sept. 8th at 8pm:
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Saturday, Sept. 9th at 8:30pm:
The Side Door, Lyme, CT

Sunday, Sept. 10th at 4pm:
Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room, Wilton, CT

EAST COAST TRIO TOUR DATES IN DETAIL:
Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 7:30pm
Jazz @ the Underground at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center

with the Tamir Hendelman Trio with Marco Panascia and drummer Matt Wilson starts a 5-day tour of the East coast.

Thursday, Sept. 7th at 6pm
BIRDLAND Jazz Club NYC

The Tamir Hendelman Trio comes to New York’s Birdland for one special set:
Music of Arlen, Parker, Jarrett, Ravel, Jobim and Tamir Hendelman.
Doors open at 5pm. Reserve your seats HERE.

Friday, Sept. 8th at 8pm
The trio returns to Rockport, MA 
for a night at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, a beautiful hall overlooking the ocean.
Reserve your seats HERE.

Saturday, Sept. 9th at 8:30pm
The trio visits a great Connecticut jazz room:
The Side Door Jazz in Old Lyme, CT.   2 sets. Doors at 7:00.
Get tickets HERE or at (860)434-2600.

Sunday, Sept. 10th at 4pm         
The trio returns to Dave Brubeck’s home town to perform at:
Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room.

We will close out our tour with one or two tips of the hat to the man himself.
A reception will follow the free concert.

Later in September:
Tamir Hendelman will perform two nights at the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival.

Friday, Sept. 15th at 9pm: Vocalist Roberta Gambarini’s quartet with bassist
Chuck Berghofer and drummer Joe La Barbera.

Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7:30pm: The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guests, the Gerald Clayton Trio will premiere the 2017 MJF Commission, John Clayton’s “Stories of a Groove: Conception, Evolution, Celebration.”

 

 

Born in Tel Aviv, Tamir Hendelman began keyboard studies at age 6, moving to the U.S. in 1984 and winning Yamaha’s national keyboard competition two years later.  Concerts in Japan and the Kennedy Center followed.  Drawn to the impressionistic and jazz harmonies of composers such as Ravel and Bill Evans, he studied at the Tanglewood Institute and received a B.M. in Music Composition from Eastman School of Music in 1993.  Soon after, he formed his own trio, featuring original compositions, bebop, blues and Brazilian music.    Since 2000 he has toured the US, Japan and Europe with his trio and as a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

In 2001 he premiered Clayton’s orchestration of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.  Peterson wrote in his online journal: “It was a satisfying but strange feeling… to hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces…I look forward to hearing more from him.”

Tamir Hendelman has released two recordings as a leader of his trio:  Playground (Swing Bros, 2008) and Destinations (Resonance 2010). Reaching #1 on the jazz charts, Destinations takes listeners along on a voyage of musical discovery.  The music ranges from originals to Jobim, Keith Jarrett and Maurice Ravel.  “Destinations to me is not only about the places I have traveled to, but also about the journey of being a jazz musician.”

He has also become a first-rate arranger and accompanist for some of today’s premier vocalists, such as Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, and Jackie Ryan. He has accompanied Barbra Streisand in her return to jazz on Love Is The Answer (Columbia, 2009), at the Village Vanguard as well as on her 2012 North American orchestral tour.

Since 2005, Tamir Hendelman has been on the jazz faculty of UCLA and has conducted numerous workshops in universities and music programs in the US and abroad. He has also recently arranged and recorded for artists such as trumpeter Claudio Roditi, accordionist Richard Galliano and violinist Christian Howes.  In 2014, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Winston-Salem Symphony.

“There are many fine pianists with impressive technique and swing who are convincing in a number of styles and play with real feeling. What increasingly distinguishes Hendelman is his gift for imaginative arranging…. He will compose an introduction that makes it difficult to predict what follows, but seems perfectly suited—even organic—once the tune begins.”   (www.allaboutjazz.com)

 

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My first Indiegogo campaign has just launched. I am promoting my daughter, Jazz Vocalist Lucia Jackson’s Debut Album on my indie record label, Roni Music Label. We just finished the album photoshoot last night!

This Indiegogo campaign is to promote Lucia’s album on print media, radio and hire the liner note writer Tyran Grillo. This will launch Lucia’s music career and help my indie label continue to release great albums.

I am raising $5,000. I will use the funds for $2000 Radio promotion, $2000 toward print promotion. $500 toward print and online ads, $250 liner note writer $250 to shipping and print costs toward shipping and related expenses.

The musicians on the album are Lucia Jackson- Vocals, Ron Jackson 7 String Arch Top, Classical and Steel String Guitar-Yago Vazquez-piano; Matt Clohesy-double bass; Corey Rawls-drums, Samuel Torres -Percussion, Daniel Garcia -Flamenco Guitar, Fredrieka Krier -Violin, Javier Sanchez-Bandoneon, Yaacov Mayman-Tenor Saxophone

 

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Please Support My Indiegogo Campaign!

 

My daughter, 25 year old jazz vocalist, dancer and model Lucia Jackson and I had a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise contributions to record her debut album this past winter 2017, I produced and arranged her album for my indie record label, Roni Music Label. We recorded the band tracks at Bunker Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, June 2017 and recorded the vocal tracks in July 2017 at Trading 8’s Studios, Paramus New. Jazz bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott help produce the vocal tracks, as well as mentoring Lucia and as a big contributor to her campaign.

I need your help to make this album a success.To make it a success, we need to work together We don’t want her to release just any jazz vocal CD, that we will just sell to our friends, we want her to launch her career in the music industry. To make this album successful, We will need to promote it on the radio, in print and internet media and finding the right agents and venues to book Lucia’s performances .

With your support, you will help Roni Music Label gain notoriety among indie labels. Creative jazz recordings are few and far between.The listening public needs more exposure to this truly great American art form, jazz.

Thank You! Ron

 

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Drummer/Composer Matt Wilson Pays Tribute to “Poet of the People”
Carl Sandburg on his Much Anticipated New Recording Honey and Salt
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death, the album features readings by Jack Black, Christian McBride, John Scofield, Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Rufus Reid, with music by Wilson and longtime collaborators
“Matt Wilson has never failed to bring an element of surprise and unabashed joy to the bandstand.”
– Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“Wilson’s recordings as a leader are characterized by an adventurous, eclectic spirit, as well as musical humor.” – Mark Sullivan, All About JazzAvailable August 25, 2017 on Palmetto RecordsWilson celebrates recording in concert:  o September 3 – Chicago Jazz Festivalo September 12 – Redwood Jazz Alliance, Arcata, CA   o September 13 – Healdsburg, CA

o September 14 – Take 5 Jazz Club, Stockton, CA   o September 15 – Monterey Jazz Festival

o September 19-20 – The Jazz Standard, NYC   o September 21 – Clark University Worcester, MA

o September 22 – The Side Door, Old Lyme, CT   o October 26-29- Earshot Jazz Fest Residency, Seattle, WA

 

When Carl Sandburg died in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson hailed the famed poet as “more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.” Fifty years after Sandburg’s passing, drummer/composer Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt pays tribute to the “poet of the people,” who won three Pulitzer Prizes, wrote the definitive biography of Abraham Lincoln, advocated for civil rights and traveled the country collecting traditional folk songs.


Sharing both Sandburg’s Midwestern roots and his gift and passion for communicating lofty art to a broad and diverse audience, Wilson has been a lifelong admirer of the poet’s work and has been setting his words to music for more than 15 years. The long-awaited release of Honey and Salt (out August 25 on Palmetto Records) coincides with the 50th anniversary of Sandburg’s death in July 1967 and looks ahead to January 2018, when the 140th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated.

“Sandburg was a Renaissance man and a poet of the people,” Wilson says. “I feel sometimes that of all the celebrated American poets, he doesn’t really get his due. Hopefully we can help his work get more recognition in some small way.”
To recite Sandburg’s poems, Wilson enlisted a stellar list of jazz greats whose spoken voices are as expressive and eloquent as their better-known instrumental voices, including Christian McBride, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Joe Lovano and Rufus Reid, along with actor/comedian/ musician Jack Black – an honorary member of the jazz family through his marriage to Charlie Haden’s daughter Tanya. Wilson sets these recitations in an eclectic variety of settings for the ensemble that he’s formed expressly to pay homage to Sandburg: guitarist/vocalist Dawn Thomson, cornetist Ron Miles, multi-reedist Jeff Lederer, and bassist Martin Wind, along with Wilson’s familiarly jubilant and spirited drumming.
 

Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878; in 1964, Wilson was born one town over, in Knoxville. That proximity meant that the drummer became acquainted with the poet’s name and iconic silhouette almost from birth; there was a junior college nearby named for Sandburg, as well as a shopping mall. At home, the Wilson family read and discussed Sandburg’s poetry and listened to recordings of his readings.

Later, finding himself in the frantic metropolitan surroundings of New York City, Wilson found nostalgic solace in Sandburg’s transporting verses. But he also found, in Sandburg’s free verse, a parallel to his own adventurous musical proclivities. “As you get older you start to appreciate your regional connections a lot more,” Wilson says. “But I was always fascinated because it didn’t rhyme. That aligned with my tastes in music at that time, when I was exploring all different kinds of music.”

Sandburg’s influence has emerged sporadically throughout Wilson’s career. His leader debut, As Wave Follows Wave, was named for a Sandburg poem that is reprised here; his 2003 album Humidity included a setting of Sandburg’s “Wall Shadows;” and An Attitude for Gratitude, the 2012 release by Wilson’s Arts and Crafts quartet, features the Sandburg-inspired “Bubbles.” The Honey and Salt project began life in 2002 with the help of a Chamber Music America New Works Grant and has since toured the world while Wilson has continued to delve into Sandburg’s volumes for new additions to the band’s repertoire.

Honey and Salt is loosely divided into three chapters and an epilogue: the first, urban-leaning poems; the second, more rural themes and ideas; the third examining the collision and overlap of the two; and the epilogue serving as a meditative leave-taking. Lee Morgan-esque horn lines over a gut-rumbling blues bassline open “Soup,” Sandburg’s more-timely-than-ever musing about a celebrity caught in the ordinary act of slurping soup from a spoon. Christian McBride’s gregarious baritone intones “Anywhere and Everywhere People,” with a series of horn motifs for the poem’s key repeated words. Wilson himself recites the contemplative “As Wave Follows Wave,” ultimately joined by a host of collaborators, friends and family members. “Night Stuff” unfolds against a slow, twilit landscape, while John Scofield recites “We Must Be Polite” in a hilarious deadpan against Wilson’s New Orleans shuffle. Sandburg’s own voice can be heard in duet with Wilson’s drums on his most revered poem, “Fog.” Chapter one closes with the raucous march of “Choose.”

Lederer reads “Prairie Barn” (which references a barn owned by a relative by marriage of Wilson’s) against Thomson’s American-tinged guitar and clattering wind chimes to open chapter two. “Offering and Rebuff” becomes a country love song, while “Stars, Songs, Faces” takes on an Ornette-inspired harmolodic tone. “Bringers” closes the chapter with a taste of down-home gospel. Chapter three opens with Black reading “Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz” in a cantankerous rasp while Lederer and Wilson duet – a happy accident occasioned by a power outage at the studio. Bill Frisell’s soft-spoken voice on “Paper 1” contrasts with Joe Lovano’s hep-cat enthusiasm on its companion piece. The two are separated by Rufus Reid’s throaty purr on Wilson’s Beat-era throwback take on “Trafficker,” and the chapter ends with the lyrical “I Sang.”


Bley reads “To Know Silence Perfectly,” for which Wilson made silence the vehicle for improvisation; in an approach that John Cage would have appreciated, the tune’s theme is the same every time, while the length of silences vary based on the performers’ whims. Finally, “Daybreak” ends the album on a celebratory note.
As always, Wilson revels in a wide variety of moods and styles throughout Honey and Salt, which takes its name from a 1963 collection of Sandburg’s poetry. The title captures the delectable combination of sweetness and spice that characterizes the poet’s – and Wilson’s – work. “That’s my favorite volume of his poetry and I love the title,” Wilson says. “It has some collision, some rub. Music isn’t all flowers and candy; it has to have some edge to it.”

 

 

 

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August 15, 2017

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For Your Grammy Consideration
New Americana CD From Pascal Bokar
Afro Blue Grazz “American Shores”
Watch
Pascal Bokar AFRO BLUE GRAZZ “SO LONG”
 American Shores (Savanna Jazz Records)

Throughout his productive musical career, guitarist/vocalist Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam has always understood the connections between West African music and the sounds of the American South. His landmark book Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta discusses the music of the three empires that dominated the culture of West Africa starting in the 6th century, tracing the music from its role in the culture and daily life of Africa to its eventual emergence in the United States. In his teachings, lectures and music (where he displays his own individual voice), Pascal has consistently paid tribute to his ancestors. “As a musician, I have always tried to synthesize the convergence of African esthetics and appreciate their influence in the music of the African American communities of the American South, from the rural sounds of the Blues and Gospel into this music we call Jazz.”

Pascal Bokar’s American Shores, in the “AfroBlueGrazz” style coined by the album’s producer Greg Landau, is an ambitious fusion of textures and styles that comes from Bokar’s unique cultural perspective. As an accomplished jazz guitarist and scholar of African music and jazz he consistently heard clear examples of African musical concepts and instruments throughout his musical explorations. In this project he brought together accomplished musicians from Appalachia’s bluegrass style with Senegalese master drummers, African-American Rhythm and Blues singers, funky keyboards, and the stomp/clap percussion of a gospel choir. This eclectic cross cultural mix brings together long lost musical relatives as a platform for Pascal’s rich guitar and vocal improvisation.

Pascal Bokar previous recording Guitar Balafonics was selected by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “Best CDs of 2015.” Pascal Bokar is listed in Jazz journalist Scott Yanov’s Book entitled Great Jazz Guitars. Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam is also the owner of the Award Winning Savanna Jazz Club of San Carlos, CA, and is recipient of the Jim Hall Jazz Master Award from Berklee College of Music.  Notable musicians on this record: fiddler Blaine Sprouse (Bill Monroe), bassist Tony Saunders (Eric Clapton & David Crosby), Gospel Hawkins Family, and keyboardist Steve Carter (George Benson & Bobby Womack).

 

 

 

 

 

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August 14, 2017

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The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival
Swings Into Gear
Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th

Broad reaching in it’s geography and style. From traditional to gypsy jazz, modern, be-bop, acoustic and funky electric.

Featured show with  guitarist Jeff Ciampa of Warwick and  keyboardist, Pete Levin of Woodstock together with ex-Miles Davis and Return to Forever drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Alex Foster from Saturday Night live and Ira Coleman, formerly with Tony Williams on Saturday Aug 19, 8 PM at The Warwick Community Center.

But the continued thrust of this series is to highlight the great many Hudson Valley local artists who’s talent in many cases is on par with these marque name jazz musicians. Warwick, Newburgh, Nyack, Greenwood Lake, Blooming Grove, Chester, Goshen, Peekskill and SugarLoaf all participate.
Shows take place in an outdoor courtyard, B&B, cafes, clubs, restaurants, community centers, organic farms, art workshop spaces and housing development performance rooms.

Most shows are free, those with a fee are modestly priced.

Full schedule posted here:  2017 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Program

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
The 2017, 8th Annual Hudson Valley Jazz Fest Schedule is…

Thursday Aug. 17    7 PM

The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble, with John Arbo, Bob Rosen, Lydia Pidlusky, Mark Minchello, Gabe Valle, Steve Rubin  7- 10 PM The Village Courtyard Music Series Presented by Donahue & Associates, PC and  Hosted by Grappa Ristorante & The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival

22 Railroad Ave. Warwick


Pennings Farm & Market, Rt. 94 & Warwick Tpk. Warwick. 8 PM

The Stonehouse Jazz Project   with Michael Hickey, Rave Tesar and Mickey Kopchak

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Friday Aug. 18

It Had To Be You , Gypsy Jazz Band    5 PM

Presented by MILKWEED, 2&3 Romer’s Ally, Sugar Loaf-  suggested donation.

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Robert Kopec and “Hang ’em High”  8 PM 

with Eric Person, Jon Leonard, Neil Alexander & Dean Sharp .

The Green Onion, Chester        $5

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Ray Blue Quartet8-10:30 p.m. $15

The BeanRunner Café

201 S. Division St.   Peekskill

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Rob Scheps Core-tet  7 PM

Maureen’s Jazz Cellar

 2 N Broadway, Nyack

Saturday Aug. 19

The Bill Pernice Group  with Cameron Brown and Tony Jefferson 11 am to 2 PM

Blooming Hill Farm  1251 NY 208 Blooming Grove

INNERrOUTe

with Rick Savage, Eliot Zigmund, Joe Tranchina, JP Heston.   2  PM

The Tuscan Cafe, South St. Warwick   .

Partly sponsored by Uncorked Wines,  and Harvest Moon Nat Food, both of W. Milford NJ

The Stage Coach Inn, 268 Main St. Goshen, NY Presents  The Billy Stein Trio – 5 PM

Billy Stein –  guitar,Joe Giardullo – saxophones,Pete Swanson – bass
https://stagecoachny.com
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Laura and Jeff Wurster Jazz Duo   6:30-8:30 p.m.
Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery   104 Ann Street Newburgh

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The Brian Kasten Trio   7 PM

Presented by The Warwick Wine Garden & Piano Bar, 22 McEwen St. Warwick

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 The Gabriele Tranchina Group – 7- 9:30 PM

with Willie Martinez, drums, Carlo DeRosa, bass, Eric Person, saxophone, Joe Vincent Tranchina, keyboards, Gabriele Tranchina, voice

Presented by The Village of Greenwood Lake

At the Lake,  Thomas Morahan Park  5-15 Windermere Ave. Greenwood Lake

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The Jeff Ciampa- Pete Levin  Group with Lenny White, Alex Foster and Ira Coleman  8:15

The Warwick Valley Community Center

11 Hamilton Ave. Warwick ( life fare food available by Healthy Thymes Market)

Made possible by The Warwick Valley Community CenterHealthy Thymes Market, Vernon, NJ, The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, Seely Durland Ins.,  Vastu Heliosoul.org

Richie Goods &Nuclear Fusion, 2 shows, 7-8:30 and 9:30-11:00 pm, $20

The BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill

Sunday Aug. 20

The Dave Smith Group

with Dave Smith, keyboards, Mike Antonelli, saxophone, Mark Hagan, bass, Steve Rubin, drums.

The Iron Forge Inn  noon– 3     38 Iron Forge Road, Warwick    845-986-3411 for reservations

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#shineonTrio  noon– 3

Barry Scheinfeld, guitar, Michael Purcell, keyboards, Mike Cervone, drums, Larry Ravdin, saxophone

Dancing Cat Saloon, 2037 Route 17 B, Bethel

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Warwick Grove presents Russ Kassoff’s tribute to Sinatra  4 PM

Featuring Alexis Cole vocals,  Russ Kassoff, piano, Frank Tate – Bass,,Tony Tedesco – Drums

12 Cropsey St.  Warwick

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The Thunderhead Organ Trio 5-7 PM

with Neil Alexander, Joe Gill and Ian Carroll

BeanRunner Cafe, Peekskill

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The Chris Persad Group  8 PM

Matt Vashlishan , Danny Walsh , Joe Tranchina, Robert Kopec, Scott Neuman, Antoinette Montague

Limoncello’s

159 Main St. Goshen

 

 

 

 

 

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August 14, 2017

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Nancy Kelly’s Mark Murphy Tribute CD

Nancy Kelly’s 6th CD
Honoring Legendary Jazz Singer Mark Murphy

As a young jazz singer, I was blessed to be supported by a well-run indie label that helped build my career and established my presence on the national and international jazz scene. Over the ensuing decades, I’ve seen the music industry mutate. Today the challenges of the digital age can put tremendous stress on the recording artist, but it has also brought new opportunities, such as crowdfunding. Although no longer a source of significant income, even for many established popular artists, the need for releasing new recordings is still essential for staying alive in the business. It’s important to document one’s artistry, and it’s a hook for getting booked and staying in the game. It heightens awareness, it generates work, and emotionally speaking, making recordings is what keeps artists alive, this ability to share their art of spontaneous creation and love.

Why Mark Murphy: 

People often ask me who my favorite singer is, and my answer is always, without hesitating, Mark Murphy. I was heavily influenced by his work. He was “the real deal,” and he’s the reason I am a jazz singer. With Mark’s recent passing, I am moved to honor him musically with this recording. Mark and I were friends and we adored each other. I was very moved to learn recently that I was one of his favorite singers.

The CD:

I am collaborating with pianist John DiMartino on this project. He too is a huge Mark Murphy fan and we are very excited to see this endeavor take on its own life. You certainly won’t need to be a Mark fan to be moved by the music I’ve chosen for this recording. Mark’s music went through many changes as he grew and matured. I’m going to record the songs that most affected me as an artist. These compositions nourished me and gave birth to my jazz soul.
With your financial support, I will honor my mentor, the great Mark Murphy, and will continue to aspire to achieve his authentic artistry, helping to keep jazz vital, relevant and alive.

The recording date has been set for mid-October. We would like to see the CD released in early 2018.  John and I are rehearsing and developing the music. Once we get a feel for the vibe and direction of the music, we will then choose the players from the New York city jazz pool that will compliment the direction and sound.

A personal note from Nancy

Dear Friends,

In the past few years I have teamed up with an international booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc www.lunchedrecords.com. We met just after my last recording, “B That Way,” had run its course. So much is about timing in this business. As it happens, Jean-Pierre was Mark Murphy’s last manager, and we both continue to feel a very strong personal connection to him. We feel confident that this project will not only be a worthy addition to my discography, but will also create a demand for concerts worldwide.
Not only will your support honor the great Mark Murphy and his formidable legacy, it will also create awareness for my artistry, to continue my quest to keep creating great music for you, and for all that enjoy this great art form.
To quote one of Mark’s most fabulous albums, “Love Is What Stays.”

Click here for link to the project  

Nancy Kelly: 
www.nancykelly.com

Artist representation and tour support:
Jean-Pierre Leduc 
www.lunchedrecords.com

 

 

 

 

 

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new music release:

Behn Gillece “Walk Of Fire”

A burning performance from the magnificent vibraphonist.

Today is the worldwide release of the new album by Behn Gillece, featuring veterans Walt Weiskopf (tenor), and Michael Dease (trombone). Thanks for listening!

Vibraphonist Behn Gillece heads boldly down a courageous path to explore his “Walk of Fire.” With an exciting program of compositions and an amazing group of players, the stage is clearly set for Gillece to confidently demonstrate both his stunning harmonic knowledge of the idiom as well as his total melodic command of his instrument. The amazing musicians in the band are trombonist extraordinaire Michael Dease, saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, trumpeter Bruce Harris, pianist Adam Birnbaum, bassist Clovis Nicolas, and drummer Jason Tiemann. With a dazzling series of performances overflowing with energized enthusiasm, serious listeners will enjoy following along while Gillece leads his merry minstrels down this “Walk of Fire” as a joyous musical experience of inspiration and delight.

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behngillecejazz.com

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Happy Sunday Evening, Everyone!

I just got some supremely fantastic news … are you ready for this?

 

I am in the running for Pasadena Weekly’s Best Musician Award – and I can win this with your help!

 

I’m asking you to go to www.pasadenaweekly.com and click on the “Best of Pasadena 2017 – Vote Now” button (shortcut link is this: https://www.beedfack.com/do/dspLogin/9) and vote for me in Section 4 under “Best Local Musician!”  All you have to do is type in Emiko and then scroll to the bottom and hit “submit.” Simple as that!

 

The best news is that you do not have to be local to the area to vote – votes are cast from all over the world (you can only vote once – but please ask your friends and family to vote, too) so you can thousands of miles away and it’ll still count!

 

Voting closes soon so I hope you will cast your vote for me so I can deliver great news when the awards are, well, awarded!

 

I’m super excited about this – can you tell?  Look at how many exclamation points I’m using.  Anyway, thank you in advance for all your continued support – and your vote – (and as always, new music and videos coming soon, so please stay tuned).

 

Rock, roll, and respect,

Emiko

 

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Everything Social: @emikomusic

 

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Music

 

Simple Love (Sample)
Freeze Frame
This Is Me

 

 

 

Shows

 

Tuesday, August 22 @ 8:00pm
Kulak’s Woodshed, North Hollywood, CA
Get the Details

 

Saturday, August 26 @ 7:00pm
Live at the 85: Emiko and Matt Moran, Pasadena, CA
Get the Details

 

Saturday, September 9 @ 1:00pm
Hammond Hang w/Dr. Gayle Serdan @ Church Keyboard Center, Monrovia, CA
Get the Details

 

 

 

Press

 

“Is [Simple Love] a brilliant masterpiece? Absolutely” — Heather M., Exposed Vocals, Jan 6, 2017

“It’s incredible writing and composition, essentially taking all of the best bits from the classic ballad, and fusing them creatively and optimistically with this new and exciting, at times classically inspired, expression of sound and soul. The increasing intensity towards the song’s climax is hypnotic, mesmerizing, and always captivating. When it does in fact come to an end, there’s a struggle to walk away from it all – Simple Love bears listening to far more than once to truly capture what it’s all about, and to build a familiarity with it that sinks in for good. Emiko’s performance and writing style shine with beautiful brightness throughout this track. It’s a great place for listeners to begin their journey through the artist’s music, and it’s a great example of the unique talent and creativity that exists and in fact thrives and continuously evolves just below the mainstream radar.” — Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman, Dec 31, 2016

“Taking a sharp left from her dalliance with slick pop, a warm, ardent ovation to love in its purest form will pull at your heartstrings and stay with you.”Pasadena Independent, Dec 28, 2016

“Beautiful voice… poppy and fun arrangements! Now is the prime time to jump on the next big thing bandwagon.” — Matt Chimento, Courier Post, Aug 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

 


Featured Video
This is Me (I am a Velociraptor) featuring the Alesis Vortex Wireless Keytar!

 

 

Hi Everyone!

Are you ready to have some FUN?!   Many of you have been asking me to make a video featuring my keytar (the Alesis Vortex Wireless) and I finally did it!  IT’S HERE!  My team and I took the instrumental version of my song “This is Me” and turned it into a rockin’, poppin’, jumpin’, super fun video featuring my keytar and of course … dinosaurs!  What goes better than keytars and dinosaurs?!  It’s definitely a departure from my “usual” music and took some prodding (and a tiny bit of bravery on my part to take the chance) so I hope you like it! I want to thank Alesis for standing by me over the past few years and always supporting my work on the keytar!!

 

Next, I have to take a moment and thank everyone who came out to my songwriting clinic on Tuesday night at Sam Ash Music in Westminster, CA.  It was a FULL HOUSE.  Literally.  Folks were standing in the back.  I met some wonderful songwriters who shared their stories with all of us and we had a blast.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Hammond Organ for sponsoring my clinic series – their understanding that it’s the music that makes the instrument sound great is paramount and it’s so wonderful that they continue to support artists in all genres!   The next clinic is September 21st at the Sam Ash Music Store in Puente Hills, CA (that’s West Covina) so I hope to see those of you who are in the SoCal area – we are launching some exciting contests and challenges that night so stay tuned!

**Also, thank you to everyone who signed up on my mailing list last night.  As I said, I never spam and if you write to me (which I hope you do because I love connecting with all of you), I will write back!  It might take me a little while, but I always do. 🙂

 

Continuing in the world of Hammond Organ, I’m delighted to tell you that WE MADE THE PAPERS!  The Hammond Hang, a program I started with our late Director of Marketing, Gregg Gronowski, has taken off in Monrovia, CA on location at Church Keyboard Center and we were covered by the papers!  Check it out here!  The next Hammond Hang is on September 9th.

 

Finally – as if all of this wasn’t enough (haha), we have a slew of shows coming up, starting Saturday!  Actually, shows started last night at the Northridge Farmers Market, but on Saturday, I’ll be performing with the band as part of the Hillside Music House Concert Series, hosted by my good friend and guitarist, Matt Moran!

 

Then on August 26th, there’s super exciting news which is that we are launching “Live at the 85,” a new interview/concert/variety series in LA and we will be webcasting as well!  Stay tuned for all sorts of great artists that I’ll be featuring and interviewing!  Tune in to watch what makes them tick, what inspires them, their musical history and hear their songs.

 

And NOW????  Well, now it’s time for dinner, so I wish you very well until next time!

 

Rock, roll, and respect,

Emiko

 

Links:

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Social: @emikomusic (for literally everything)

 

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Lampifier.com

Bluemic.com

Starrlabs.com

 

 

 

 

Music

 

Simple Love (Sample)
Freeze Frame
This Is Me

 

 

 

Shows

 

Saturday, August 12 @ 7:00pm
House Concert, Los Angeles, CA
Get the Details

 

Tuesday, August 22 @ 8:00pm
Kulak’s Woodshed, North Hollywood, CA
Get the Details

 

Saturday, September 9 @ 1:00pm
Hammond Hang w/Dr. Gayle Serdan @ Church Keyboard Center, Monrovia, CA
Get the Details

 

 

Press
“Is [Simple Love] a brilliant masterpiece? Absolutely” — Heather M., Exposed Vocals, Jan 6, 2017

“It’s incredible writing and composition, essentially taking all of the best bits from the classic ballad, and fusing them creatively and optimistically with this new and exciting, at times classically inspired, expression of sound and soul. The increasing intensity towards the song’s climax is hypnotic, mesmerizing, and always captivating. When it does in fact come to an end, there’s a struggle to walk away from it all – Simple Love bears listening to far more than once to truly capture what it’s all about, and to build a familiarity with it that sinks in for good. Emiko’s performance and writing style shine with beautiful brightness throughout this track. It’s a great place for listeners to begin their journey through the artist’s music, and it’s a great example of the unique talent and creativity that exists and in fact thrives and continuously evolves just below the mainstream radar.” — Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman, Dec 31, 2016

“Taking a sharp left from her dalliance with slick pop, a warm, ardent ovation to love in its purest form will pull at your heartstrings and stay with you.”Pasadena Independent, Dec 28, 2016

“Beautiful voice… poppy and fun arrangements! Now is the prime time to jump on the next big thing bandwagon.” — Matt Chimento, Courier Post, Aug 23, 2013

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Acclaimed drummer/composer Matt Wilson celebrates release of new recording Honey and Salt at Jazz Standard on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 & 20

 

Recording pays tribute to “Poet of the People” Carl Sandburg on 50th anniversary of the poet’s death

 

Performances are part of 11-date, nine-city US tour

 

5-stars “This new disc not only reminds us how whimsical a poet the master truly was, but also how gifted a drummer and arranger Wilson is… irresistible.”  – Jim Macnie, DownBeat reviewing Honey and Salt

 

 “Matt Wilson has never failed to bring an element of surprise and unabashed joy to the bandstand.” – Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

 

“…a big-hearted comedian who likes a happy workplace…as rowdy as a halftime band.” – Kevin Whitehead, NPR’s Fresh Air

 

 “…wild, joyful and ceaselessly inventive.” – Jeff Simon Buffalo News

 

 

Acclaimed jazz drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson brings his “unabashed joy to the bandstand” at the Jazz Standard, 116 E 27th Street, New York City.  Wilson and his all-star band featuring cornetist Ron Miles, multi-reedist Jeff Lederer, bassist Martin Wind, guitarist/vocalist Dawn Thomson and surprise guest readers, are touring in support of their “irresistible” new recording Honey and Salt.  The project pays tribute to “poet of the people” Carl Sandburg on the 50th anniversary of his death. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30. Tickets are $25. For reservations call (212) 576-2232 or visit www.JazzStandard.com.

Few musicians embody the spontaneous energy of jazz quite like Matt Wilson. The New York-based drummer combines buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing, and an indomitable spirit of surprise, making him one of the most in demand players and educators on the modern jazz scene. He leads an array of distinctive ensembles – the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts & Crafts, Christmas Tree-O, Topsy Turvy and Big Happy Family. Wilson’s 13th recording as a leader for Palmetto, Honey and Salt (Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg) received a 5-star review in DownBeat magazine which called it “irresistible.” Wilson’s impressive discography numbers more than 400 CDs, including releases by his co-led trios Sifter and Trio M and sideman recordings with such greats as Dewey Redman, Paul Bley, Charlie Haden, and Lee Konitz. He’s topped the “Rising Star Drummer” category in DownBeat’s Critics’ Poll for five consecutive years and has been voted Drummer of the Year in 2003 and 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, among numerous other accolades. As an educator, he’s led workshops and master classes around the world and is on the faculty at the New School, SUNY Purchase, San Francisco Conservatory and the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Holland.

When Carl Sandburg died in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson hailed the famed poet as “more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.” Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt pays tribute to the “poet of the people,” who won three Pulitzer Prizes, wrote the definitive biography of Abraham Lincoln, advocated for civil rights and traveled the country collecting traditional folk songs.

Sharing both Sandburg’s Midwestern roots and his gift and passion for communicating lofty art to a broad and diverse audience, Wilson has been a lifelong admirer of the poet’s work and has been setting his words to music for more than 15 years. The long-awaited release of Honey and Salt (out August 25 on Palmetto Records) coincides with the 50th anniversary of Sandburg’s death in July 1967 and looks ahead to January 2018, when the 140th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated.

“Sandburg was a Renaissance man and a poet of the people,” Wilson says. “I feel sometimes that of all the celebrated American poets, he doesn’t really get his due. Hopefully we can help his work get more recognition in some small way.”

To recite Sandburg’s poems, Wilson enlisted a stellar list of jazz greats whose spoken voices are as expressive and eloquent as their better-known instrumental voices, including Christian McBride, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Joe Lovano and Rufus Reid, along with actor/comedian/ musician Jack Black – an honorary member of the jazz family through his marriage to Charlie Haden’s daughter Tanya. Wilson sets these recitations in an eclectic variety of settings for the ensemble that he’s formed expressly to pay homage to Sandburg: guitarist/vocalist Dawn Thomson, cornetist Ron Miles, multi-reedist Jeff Lederer, and bassist Martin Wind, along with Wilson’s familiarly jubilant and spirited drumming.

Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on January 6, 1878; in 1964, Wilson was born one town over, in Knoxville. That proximity meant that the drummer became acquainted with the poet’s name and iconic silhouette almost from birth; there was a junior college nearby named for Sandburg, as well as a shopping mall. At home, the Wilson family read and discussed Sandburg’s poetry and listened to recordings of his readings.

Later, finding himself in the frantic metropolitan surroundings of New York City, Wilson found nostalgic solace in Sandburg’s transporting verses. But he also found, in Sandburg’s free verse, a parallel to his own adventurous musical proclivities. “As you get older you start to appreciate your regional connections a lot more,” Wilson says. “But I was always fascinated because it didn’t rhyme. That aligned with my tastes in music at that time, when I was exploring all different kinds of music.”

Sandburg’s influence has emerged sporadically throughout Wilson’s career. His leader debut, As Wave Follows Wave, was named for a Sandburg poem that is reprised here; his 2003 album Humidity included a setting of Sandburg’s “Wall Shadows;” and An Attitude for Gratitude, the 2012 release by Wilson’s Arts and Crafts quartet, features the Sandburg-inspired “Bubbles.” The Honey and Salt project began life in 2002 with the help of a Chamber Music America New Works Grant and has since toured the world while Wilson has continued to delve into Sandburg’s volumes for new additions to the band’s repertoire.

Honey and Salt is loosely divided into three chapters and an epilogue: the first, urban-leaning poems; the second, more rural themes and ideas; the third examining the collision and overlap of the two; and the epilogue serving as a meditative leave-taking. Lee Morgan-esque horn lines over a gut-rumbling blues bassline open “Soup,” Sandburg’s more-timely-than-ever musing about a celebrity caught in the ordinary act of slurping soup from a spoon. Christian McBride’s gregarious baritone intones “Anywhere and Everywhere People,” with a series of horn motifs for the poem’s key repeated words. Wilson himself recites the contemplative “As Wave Follows Wave,” ultimately joined by a host of collaborators, friends and family members. “Night Stuff” unfolds against a slow, twilit landscape, while John Scofield recites “We Must Be Polite” in a hilarious deadpan against Wilson’s New Orleans shuffle. Sandburg’s own voice can be heard in duet with Wilson’s drums on his most revered poem, “Fog.” Chapter one closes with the raucous march of “Choose.”

Lederer reads “Prairie Barn” (which references a barn owned by a relative by marriage of Wilson’s) against Thomson’s American-tinged guitar and clattering wind chimes to open chapter two. “Offering and Rebuff” becomes a country love song, while “Stars, Songs, Faces” takes on an Ornette-inspired harmolodic tone. “Bringers” closes the chapter with a taste of down-home gospel. Chapter three opens with Black reading “Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz” in a cantankerous rasp while Lederer and Wilson duet – a happy accident occasioned by a power outage at the studio. Bill Frisell’s soft-spoken voice on “Paper 1” contrasts with Joe Lovano’s hep-cat enthusiasm on its companion piece. The two are separated by Rufus Reid’s throaty purr on Wilson’s Beat-era throwback take on “Trafficker,” and the chapter ends with the lyrical “I Sang.”

Bley reads “To Know Silence Perfectly,” for which Wilson made silence the vehicle for improvisation; in an approach that John Cage would have appreciated, the tune’s theme is the same every time, while the length of silences vary based on the performers’ whims. Finally, “Daybreak” ends the album on a celebratory note.

As always, Wilson revels in a wide variety of moods and styles throughout Honey and Salt, which takes its name from a 1963 collection of Sandburg’s poetry. The title captures the delectable combination of sweetness and spice that characterizes the poet’s – and Wilson’s – work. “That’s my favorite volume of his poetry and I love the title,” Wilson says. “It has some collision, some rub. Music isn’t all flowers and candy; it has to have some edge to it.”

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TICKETS & INFOWATCH: Audrey Silver – “Getting to Know You”
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Music by Richard Rodgers

Quotes on Audrey’s new CD, Very Early

“….Silver engrosses with her tales….[a] talent worthy of being picked up by a major label.”
Robert Rusch, Cadence Jazz Magazine

“Very Early…is a pure delight….crystal clear vocals, an excellent song selection and fantastic musicianship makes this an outstanding recording.”
Glenn Daniels, The Jazz Page

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello!

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments will present more than 100 performances and events for the 150th anniversary season.

The new season showcases diverse musical offerings from today’s most talented artists performed in NEC’s renowned concert halls, including three new state-of-the-art venues at the Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC).

2017-2018 Season highlights include:

* World premiere of new work by alumnus Darcy James Argue

* World premiere of new work by alumnus and faculty member Anthony Coleman 

* Monk’s Dream: Thelonious Monk at 100 with T.S. Monk performing portions of Monk’s legendary Town Hall Concert with the NEC Jazz Orchestra

* Manteca: Dizzy Gillespie and the Birth of Latin Jazz celebrating Gillespie’s centennial 

* Residency featuring composer, performer, sound artist, improviser, and NEC alumna Matana Roberts

* The Seven Rays: Music of Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst

 A press release is below.

I hope you will be able to preview or cover this landmark 150th anniversary season!

Warmest wishes,

Ann Braithwaite
781-259-9600

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present 100+ Performances and Events for 150th Season

2017-2018 Season highlights include:

• World premieres of new works by Darcy James Argue and Anthony Coleman 

• Monk’s Dream: Thelonious Monk at 100 with T.S. Monk

• Manteca: Dizzy Gillespie and the Birth of Latin Jazz celebrating Gillespie’s centennial 

• Residency featuring Matana Roberts • Music of Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst

Boston, MA (August 1, 2017) – New England Conservatory’s (NEC) internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation (CI) Departments announce more than  100 concerts for the celebratory 150th anniversary season. The 2017-2018 continues to build on NEC’s rich legacy featuring 150 years of innovation showcasing the work of the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory as well as the pioneering CI department. The new season showcases diverse musical offerings from today’s most talented artists performed in NEC’s renowned concert halls, including three new state-of-the-art venues at the Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC).

Highlights include the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by alumnus Darcy James Argue as part of a concert honoring the legacy of Bob Brookmeyer; the premiere of alumnus and faculty member Anthony Coleman’s new work, “Streams,” a composition commissioned for NEC’s sesquicentennial; “Thelonious Monk at 100” featuring T.S. Monk performing portions of Monk’s legendary Town Hall Concert with the NEC Jazz Orchestra; a residency featuring composer, performer, sound artist, improviser, and NEC alumna Matana Roberts; a celebration of the centennial of Dizzy Gillespie; CI Salon Nights and Jazz Ensemble Concerts featuring hour-long concerts by rising star NEC students from the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation departments.

NEC is pleased to offer  the following concerts, free and open to the public. For more information, visit necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1122.

FALL 2017

August/September 2017

Wednesday, August 30 – Jazz Jam Session
7:30 p.m. Brown Hall

Tuesday, September 5 – Opening Night
7:30 p.m.  Brown Hall

Join NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation department in kicking off the academic year with a concert featuring CI faculty including Ran Blake, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Hankus Netsky, Anthony Coleman and others.

Thursday, September 7 – CI Jam Session
7:30 p.m. Pierce Hall

Saturday, September 23 –Open Studios
Street fair all day, barn dance 7 – 10 p.m. – Brown Hall

NEC’s Open Studioscelebrates the opening of  the new Student Life and Performance Center with live music, dancing, food, drink, and much more. CI events include live concerts by Night Tree and the Ladles, and a Barn Dance featuring the Ladles and special guests, calling by Angela DeCarlis. No partners or dance experience necessary – just come and dance the night away!

October 2017

Friday, October 6 – CI and Jazz Master Class with Burton Greene
10 a.m.

Originally from Chicago, Burton Greene rose to popularity during the 1960s on New York’s free jazz scene, gigging with well-known musicians including Marion Brown, Bill Dixon, Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Byard Lancaster, Sam Rivers, Patty Waters, Perry Robinson, Willem Breuker, and many others. He moved to Holland in 1969 and, in the late 1980s, began exploring the Klezmer tradition in his groups Klezmokum (along with Perry Robinson), Klez-thetics, and a more recent group called Klez-Edge with vocalist Marek Balata. Klez-Edge has a recent recording Ancestors, Mindreles, NaGila Monsters (2008) out on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. A duet with Perry Robinson, also on the Tzadik label, Two Voices in the Desert was released in January 2009.

Wednesday, October 18 – Concert with NEC Alumna Matana Roberts and CI students
7:30 p.m. Brown Hall

NYC-based sound experimentalist, jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, composer, improviser, Doris Duke Artist Award recipient and NEC alumna Matana Roberts is the composer of Coin Coin, a multichapter musical work-in-progress exploring themes of history, memory and ancestry. She has been a guest curator at the Stone and Artist in Residence at the Whitney Museum, among others. While at NEC, she will conduct a week-long residency, Monday through Friday, October 16-20. In addition to the Wednesday concert, public events are planned on Tuesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. when Matana will discuss her music and on Friday, October 20 when she will host an improvisation workshop.

Thursday, October 19 – Monk’s Dream: Thelonious Monk at 100
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

NEC will celebrate the 100th Birthday of jazz giant Thelonious Monk with a concert featuring NEC faculty and alums including Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Fred Hersch, Nedelka Prescod and Dominique Eade. T. S. Monk will play portions of Monk’s legendary Town Hall Concert with the NEC Jazz Orchestra. Robin Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life of an American Original, will speak about Monk’s life and music.

Friday, October 27 – Masterclass with Daniel Levin, Tony Malaby, Randy Peterson
10 – 11:50 a.m.

Three of today’s most innovative improvisers will work with NEC students.

Sunday, October 29 – Linda Chase: The City is Burning
4 p.m. Brown Hall

CI faculty member and NEC alumna Linda Chase presents her extraordinary and timely mixed media piece The City Is Burning, featuring CI faculty and students and special guests Stan Strickland and Professor Harvey Cox.

Monday, October 30 – Ken Schaphorst Faculty Concert
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

November 2017

Wednesday, November 8 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, November 9 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC, Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Monday, November 13 – What Keeps Mankind Alive: Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, and the Epic Theater
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

CI students and faculty explore the world of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill through performances of works from The Threepenny Opera and The Seven Deadly Sins, along with original pieces and traditional songs. Performers include the Anthony Coleman and CI Chamber Music Ensembles.

Tuesday, November 14 – NEC Gospel Ensemble and NEC Composers Ensemble
8 p.m. Brown Hall

This concert showcases two of NEC’s exceptional student ensembles. The NEC Gospel Ensemble, coached by Nedelka Prescod, explores contemporary gospel music as it is currently being created and performed. This ensemble works with repertoire composed within the last 20 years and highlights key composers and choir leaders. The NEC Jazz Composers Ensemble, coached by Jorrit Dijkstra, gives student composers the opportunity to develop their work for small jazz ensemble through rehearsal and performance.

Thursday, November 16 –Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Monday, November 20 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Tuesday, November 21 – CI Salon Night
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Pierce Hall

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow in these three one-hour performances by CI student small ensembles. Tonight’s lineup features the Irish Music, Joe Morris, and Cobra ensembles.

Monday, November 27 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Tuesday, November 28 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Wednesday, November 29 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, November 30 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

December 2017

Sunday, December 3 – Linda Chase’s “Hope Is the Hardest Love We Carry”
3 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hope Is the Hardest Love We Carry, a chamber composition by faculty member Linda J. Chase, features poet Jane Hirshfield reading her own poetry and her translations (with Mariko Aratani) of thousand-year-old Japanese poems by Izumi Shikibu and Ono no Komachi. The music was composed following Chase’s Japan Foundation residency that happened to coincide with the 3/11/11 Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Performers will include NEC faculty members flutist Linda J. Chase, pianist Hankus Netsky and students from New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department.

Monday, December 4 – CI Salon Night
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Pierce Hall

Line-up features the Zaleski Non-Majors, African American Roots, and Anthony Coleman Ensembles.

Tuesday, December 5 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Wednesday, December 6 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, December 7 – Manteca: Dizzy Gillespie and the Birth of Latin Jazz
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie’s centennial, with a particular emphasis on his contribution to the development of Latin Jazz, the NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform “Manteca,” “Tin Tin Deo” and “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,” written by Gillespie and longtime NEC faculty member George Russell.

Monday, December 11 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Tuesday, December 12 – Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Brown Hall

The Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra is devoted to rehearsing and performing works by NEC Jazz Composition students. Coached by pianist/composer and NEC jazz faculty member Frank Carlberg, the ensemble gives its composers the opportunity to learn how to rehearse and conduct a band, as well as have their works heard.

Wednesday, December 13 – CI Salon Night
7 and 8 p.m. Pierce Hall

Tonight’s lineup features the Persian Music and Interdisciplinary Ensembles.

Wednesday, December 13 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, December 14 – CI Salon Night
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Pierce Hall

Tonight’s lineup features the Turkish Music, CI Chamber, and Songwriters Workshop Ensembles.

SPRING 2018

January 2018

Monday, January 29Jazz and CI Faculty Spotlight
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

February 2018

Wednesday, February 21 – Film Noir: Cria Cuervos
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

Co-producers Aaron Hartley and Ran Blake present their 13th Annual Film Noir project, featuring students and faculty of NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation department. This year’s performance explores Carlos Saura’s film Cria Cuervos heightened by new music created by NEC musicians and special alumni guest artists percussionist Tupac Mantilla and vocalist Burcu Gulec.

March 2018

Thursday, March 1 – Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

The NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform music by Bob Brookmeyer and six of Brookmeyer’s former NEC students, including the world premiere of a new composition commissioned for NEC’s 150th Anniversary by alumnus Darcy James Argue. Argue was a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient in 2015. Music by NEC alumni Ayn Inserto, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Ryan Truesdell and Nicholas Urie will also be featured. Saxophonist, low reed expert and NEC alumnus Brian Landrus will be featured playing Brookmeyer’s “Celebration Suite.” Brookmeyer taught composition at NEC between 1997 and 2007.

Tuesday, March 13 – Eden MacAdam-Somer Faculty Recital
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

Monday, March 26 – Jazz and Wild Card Honors Ensemble Concert
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

Each year, an audition committee selects a few exceptional students to represent NEC in the Honors Jazz and Wild Card ensembles.
                         
April 2018

Monday, April 2 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Tuesday, April 3 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Wednesday, April 4 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, April 5 – NEC Gospel and NEC Composers Ensemble
7:30 p.m. Brown Hall

This concert showcases two of NEC’s exceptional student ensembles. The NEC Gospel Ensemble, coached by Nedelka Prescod, explores contemporary gospel music as it is currently being created and performed. This ensemble works with repertoire composed within the last 20 years and highlights key composers and choir leaders. The NEC Jazz Composers Ensemble, coached by Jorrit Dijkstra, gives student composers the opportunity to develop their work for small jazz ensemble through rehearsal and performance.

Monday, April 9 – CI Salon Night
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Pierce Hall

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow in these three one-hour performances by CI student small ensembles. Tonight’s lineup features the Middle Eastern, Ted Reichman, and R&B Ensembles.

Tuesday, April 10 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Wednesday, April 11 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, April 12 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Monday, April 16 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Tuesday, April 17 – CI Salon Night
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Pierce Hall

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow in these three one-hour performances by CI student small ensembles. Tonight’s lineup features the Tanya Kalmanovitch, American Roots, and CI Chamber Ensembles.

Wednesday, April 18 – CI Salon Night
7 and 8 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow in these two one-hour performances by CI student small ensembles. Tonight’s lineup features the Jewish Music and Contemporary Rock Ensembles.

Thursday, April 19 – The Seven Rays: Music of Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

This concert features the NEC Jazz Orchestra with saxophonist/composer Jerry Bergonzi in the performance of his composition “The Seven Rays,” a seven movement suite inspired by mystical associations with the number seven. Ken Schaphorst arranged the suite for the HfMT Big Band in Hamburg in 2016. This will be the first time the arrangement has been played in the United States. Bergonzi has taught at NEC for over twenty years, developing an international reputation as saxophonist, author, composer and educator.

Monday, April 23 – CI Salon Night
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Pierce Hall

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow in these three one-hour performances by CI student small ensembles. Tonight’s lineup features the Zaleski Non-Majors, Anthony Coleman, and Monk/Mingus Ensembles.

Tuesday, April 24 – Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

Wednesday, April 25 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Thursday, April 26 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Monday, April 30 – International Jazz Day
7:30 p.m. Brown Hall

UNESCO has designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. NEC joins the celebration with a performance featuring NEC faculty and students playing music embodying the ongoing dialogue between jazz and musical cultures from throughout the world.

Monday, April 30 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

May 2018

Tuesday, May 1 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

Wednesday, May 2 – World premiere of Streams by Anthony Coleman
7:30 p.m. Jordan Hall

For its first 150 years one of NEC’s most important contributions to music education has been the school’s efforts to confront the convergence of various musical idioms and genres. These efforts only intensified in the late 1960s, when NEC president Gunther Schuller brought his “Third Stream” idea to the conservatory, creating a department (now called “Contemporary Improvisation”) with the specific mission of crafting a new approach to teaching music that could adapt as a new global approach to composition, performance, and improvisation took shape. This concert features the world premiere of “Streams,” a new composition commissioned for NEC’s 150th Anniversary. In this work CI alum, faculty member, and maverick composer Anthony Coleman bring the forces of today’s Contemporary Improvisation department (both students and faculty) together to explore and confront the problems and possibilities inherent in creating a global music for the 21st century.

Thursday, May 3 – Jazz Ensemble Concerts
7, 8 and 9 p.m. SLPC Eben Jordan Ensemble Room

Discover the musical innovators of tomorrow with these one-hour concerts featuring NEC’s student ensembles, each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty.

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became president of the Conservatory in 1967, the Jazz Studies faculty has included six MacArthur “genius” grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters. The program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers and has an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of jazz. As Mike West writes in JazzTimes: “NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world; so says the roster of visionary artists that have comprised both its faculty and alumni.” The program currently has 101 students; 52 undergraduate and 49 graduate students from 18 countries. www.necmusic.edu/jazz

Founded in 1972 by musical visionaries Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake, New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation (CI) program is “one of the most versatile in all of music education” (JazzEd). CI trains composers, performers, and improvisers to broaden their musical palettes and develop unique voices. It is unparalleled in its structured approach to ear training and its emphasis on singing, memorization, harmonic sophistication, aesthetic integrity, and stylistic openness. Under Blake’s inspired guidance for its first thirty-three years, the program grew considerably and has expanded its offerings under current co-chairs Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer. Alumni include Don Byron, John Medeski, Jacqueline Schwab, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz; faculty include Carla Kihlstedt, Blake, Dominique Eade, and Anthony Coleman. “A thriving hub of musical exploration,” (Jeremy Goodwin, Boston Globe), the program currently has more than 50 undergrad and graduate students from 14 countries. http://necmusic.edu/contemporary-improvisation

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