Internationally renowned vocalist/composer Dominique Eade
is joined by pianists Jed Wilson and Ran Blake
, oud player Kenan Adnawi and setar player Nima Janmohammadi
in a faculty recital melding Eade’s original music with songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Bob Dylan and more. The concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston and is free and open to the public. For more information, go to: necmusic
or call 617-585-1122.About Dominique Eade
Dominique Eade has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory since 1984, where she teaches voice, composition and improvisation. The list of Eade’s accomplished students is impressive and continues to grow. In the 1994 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition, three of the eleven finalists, including the winner, Sara Lazarus
, were Eade’s students. The 1998 third-place winner Roberta Gambarini
, also studied with Eade. In the 2004 competition, Eade’s students Rachael Price
(Lake Street Dive) and Jo Lawry
(Sting) were both finalists. In the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition, Richard Saunders placed as a finalist. Other outstanding students include Grammy-nominated artists Luciana Souza and Sarah Jarosz; Berklee faculty members Lisa Thorson, Patrice Williamson, Kris Adams and Aubrey Johnson; Julie Hardy, Kristin Slipp, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still, Goat Rodeo, Dave Douglas), Heather Masse (Prairie Home Companion and Wailin’’ Jennies), Amy Cervini
, Sara Leib, Sunny Kim, Rebecca Shrimpton (Jazz Composer’s Allliance), classical soprano Elizabeth Keusch, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis and Michael Mayo (The Monk Institute). She is the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award.
An impossibly versatile vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger" (David Hajdu, The New York Times Magazine), Eade has recorded six CDs as a leader (two of them for RCA Victor) featuring such notable musicians as Dave Holland
, Victor Lewis
, Fred Hersch
, Bruce Barth
, Benny Golson
, Ran Blake, Donald Brown and George Mraz
.About NEC’s Jazz Studies Department
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.
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 95 students; 48 undergraduate and 47 graduate students from 13 countries.About the New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program
Founded in 1972 by musical visionaries Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake, New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program is “one of the most versatile in all of music education” (JazzEd). Now in its 43rd year, the program trains composer/performer/ 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 twenty-six years, the program grew considerably and has expanded its offerings under current chair Hankus Netsky and assistant chair 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 over 50 undergrad and graduate students from 17 countries.