New England Conservatory’s Jazz Lab, a one-week intensive program for students ages 14 – 18, will feature five free concerts featuring renowned artists including Grammy-award winning bassist Dave Holland and Dominique Eade, Ken Schaphorst, the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and a Jazz Lab student farewell concert from Sunday, June 22 – Friday, June 27th.
All concerts are free and open to the public. The concert schedule is as follows:
Sunday, June 22nd — Jazz Lab Faculty Concert — 8 pm Williams Hall
solo plus Dave Holland-Dominique Eade duo — 8 pm Jordan Hall
Tuesday, June 24th — Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra — 8 pm Brown Hall
Wednesday, June 25th — The Ken Schaphorst Ensemble — 8 pm Jordan Hall
Friday, June 27th — Jazz Lab Student Farewell Concert, 1 pm — Jordan Hall
Jazz Lab hosts jazz musicians ages 14 – 18 from throughout the United States and abroad. During Jazz Lab students work with NEC’s premier jazz faculty and participate in a curriculum full of improvisation, small group training, jam sessions, entrepreneurial workshops and college audition prep. The week’s teachers include Dave Holland, NEC Jazz Studies Department Chair Ken Schaphorst, David Zoffer, Rick McLaughlin, Peter Moffett, Tim Lienhard, and Mark Zaleski.
Jazz Lab features seminars in entrepreneurship and training for careers in music. NEC jazz alumni talk about what it takes to promote your music, produce concerts, build a private teaching studio and find success as a 21st century jazz musician. Faculty also instruct students on applying to conservatories, schools of music and universities, what to look for in potential colleges and techniques for a successful audition.
Ken Schaphorst and David Zoffer host songwriting and composition seminars during the week where students are encouraged to engage in the writing process. Rick McLaughlin curates an evening of listening, giving students a taste of the range of jazz recordings over the last 97 years.
The School of Continuing Education (SCE) at New England Conservatory makes the resources of one of the world’s leading music institutions available to everyone, offering serious, satisfying music study from private instrument lessons to full certificate programs. Students can find classes in a range of subjects, workshops, master classes, private instruction and summer institutes, taught by over 100 of the area’s most highly qualified musicians.
Instructors include current and former Boston Symphony Orchestra members, NEC faculty, working jazz artists and many other highly qualified professionals. They’re superb musicians with a special quality: they love to teach students of all levels and abilities. The School of Continuing Education strives to match each student with the teachers who will meet his or her musical and personal needs. Many of the classes are designed for working adults and meet on weekday evenings or Saturdays. NEC’s School of Continuing Education is one of the few community education programs in the area that offers financial aid to its adult students in need.
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, and alumni that reads like a who’s who of jazz. Now in its 44th year, the program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers. 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 114 students; 67 undergraduate and 47 graduate students from 12 countries.