Gerry Mulligan Tribute Concert Presented by Juilliard Jazz on February 29


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Juilliard Jazz presents a special evening featuring the music of the legendary Gerry Mulligan performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and conducted by James Burton III, with guest artist, baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, on Wednesday, February 29 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The Gerry Mulligan Tribute Concert celebrates the creation of the first Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship. Also as part of this special evening, one of Gerry Mulligan's baritone saxophones will be donated to Juilliard. Juilliard Jazz student, saxophonist Jordan Pettay, is the first recipient of the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship and will be performing with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra that evening.

The program includes original compositions by Mr. Mulligan: Bweebida Bobbida; Festive Minor; Walk on the Water; Walking Shoes; Maytag; Line for Lyons; Ballad (arranged by Bob Brookmeyer); Jeru; Venus de Milo; Etude for Franca; and K-4 Pacific.

As one of the foremost baritone saxophonists in jazz history, Gerry Mulligan was a mentor to Gary Smulyan, whose CD Plays Mulligan in 1998, also paid homage to the late saxophonist. “I'm honored to be part of this tribute to Gerry Mulligan," said Gary Smulyan. “He was one of the most influential jazz baritone saxophonists of all time. He also was an amazing composer and arranger."

Members of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra are: Jordan Pettay and Braxton Cook (alto saxophone); Morgan Jones and Chase Baird (tenor saxophone); Anthony Orji (baritone saxophone); Joseph Boga, Alphonso Horne, Gabriel Medd, Riley Mulherkar, and Enrique Sanchez (trumpets); Andrew Clausen, Nicholas Finzer, Joseph McDonough, and Javier Nero (trombones); Alex Wintz, guitar; Samora Pinderhughes, piano; Robert Bickley, bass; and Carmen Intorre (drums). Brandon Lee is assistant conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

FREE tickets will be available beginning February 15 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) occupies a unique place in the American musical scene. As arranger, composer, saxophonist, and conductor, he played a vital role in the history of modern jazz and contemporary music. As one of the great jazz innovators, his writing and playing influenced entire stylistic movements, including both “cool jazz" and “bossa nova." Gerry Mulligan performed with such jazz immortals as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jack Teagarden, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday. He also wrote for musicals, symphony orchestra, and chamber orchestra. He was consistently voted number one in jazz polls around the world and won a record twenty-nine consecutive DownBeat Readers Poll Awards. In 1999, the Library of Congress celebrated the opening of the permanent exhibit of the Gerry Mulligan Collection, housed in a special room at the entrance to the Performing Arts Reading Room in the Music Division, in the James Madison Memorial Building.

The Tribute Concert celebrates the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship, established by the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Foundation, a charitable organization, to support young musicians and to perpetuate the music of Gerry Mulligan. The permanently-endowed scholarship will be awarded annually to a Juilliard Jazz student—a saxophonist or composer—and the recipient will include Gerry Mulligan's compositions in performance or recital. Juilliard is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship is Juilliard saxophonist Jordan Pettay.

About Gary Smulyan

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the DownBeat Readers Poll and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls, including the Jazz Journalists Award for baritone saxophone. He is a five-time Grammy® award winner for his work with B.B. King, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Smulyan has recorded and performed worldwide with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tom Harrell, Cedar Walton, George Coleman, Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea, Diana Ross, Clark Terry, James Moody, and Slide Hampton, among others. He has recorded five CDs for the CrissCross label. Mr. Smulyan currently performs with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano's Nonet, David Holland's Octet and Big Band, The Three Baritone Saxophone Band, George Coleman's Octet, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, and Tom Harrell's Octet, as well as his own projects. Mr. Smulyan is on the faculty at William Paterson University.

About James Burton III

Conductor James Burton III, a New York-based trombonist, is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most sought-after performers and educators in the jazz community. Mr. Burton holds a master of music degree and Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies from Juilliard and was a summa cum laude graduate of the Hartt School. Mentored by jazz luminaries Jackie McLean and Curtis Fuller, Mr. Burton has performed and recorded alongside many jazz greats, including Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, James Moody, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, and Christian McBride. He also has performed with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Roy Hargrove Big Band. Mr. Burton recently joined the Juilliard faculty as professor of jazz theory and conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. He was the former director of Jazz Studies at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

About Jordan Pettay

Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1990 and raised in Texas, Jordan Pettay began saxophone studies at the age of eleven and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts in Dallas. Winner of numerous DownBeat student music awards, she is now a fourth-year undergraduate student of Ron Blake at Juilliard. Ms. Pettay recently participated in a residency at Jazz Aspen under the direction of Christian McBride and also participated in the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute. In 2009, she traveled to Japan with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra for a series of concerts and workshops at Osaka University of the Arts. A devoted advocate of educational outreach, Ms. Pettay has been active in Juilliard Jazz summer programs for children in Georgia and Florida. She was recently featured in a Juilliard Jazz Ensemble concert presenting the music of Horace Silver.

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz is one of the newest programs of performance education inaugurated by The Juilliard School. Founded in 2001, Juilliard Jazz offers degrees at bachelor, master, and artist diploma levels. The curriculum combines tailored studio and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. In addition, its faculty and students conduct national and international master classes and clinics.

Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and tour to destinations such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, Spain, and Brazil. The ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Frank Wess, Kenny Barron, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Ernie Andrews, Tom Harrell and Sean Jones.

These talented Juilliard young artists are taught by today's most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. The experienced Juilliard Jazz faculty combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages and in recording studios worldwide.

Recent up-and-coming alumni of the program include: Etienne Charles, Aaron Diehl, Marion Felder, and Thelonious Monk winners Kris Bowers, Jon Irabagon, Lage Lund, and Ben Williams.

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