Jazz At NEC: November & December Highlights


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November 29 NEC Jazz Orchestra in Rebirth of the Third Stream

November 16 Jason Moran Piano Seminar and December 4 Jason Moran Master Class

Nov. 13 - Dec. 13 In the Mix, concerts by Jazz Stars of Tomorrow

Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra

NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra

November 13 - December 13 In the Mix

Discover the jazz stars of tomorrow with In the Mix, 35 free 1-hour concerts, Tuesday, November 13 through Wednesday, December 12 at New England Conservatory's Pierce Hall on the first floor of NEC's St. Botolph Building, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston. This series of concerts, featuring NEC's Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles, take place at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. each evening and are free and open to the public. Go to www.necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1260 for more details.

Each ensemble is coached by a member of NEC's renowned faculty including Jason Moran, Bob Moses, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Jerry Bergonzi, Anthony Coleman, Joe Morris, Dominique Eade, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Frank Carlberg, Aubrey Johnson and more.

Friday, November 16 Jason Moran Piano Seminar 10 a.m. - Noon Williams Hall

NEC Jazz faculty member, pianist/composer musical visionary Jason Moran is one of the most esteemed players in jazz today. He earned a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius grant" in 2010 and was appointed artistic advisor for jazz at the Kennedy Center in 2011.

Thursday, November 29 NEC Jazz Orchestra, Rebirth of the Third Stream Jordan Hall

Jazz Studies department chair Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra in this tribute to the genre reinvention that Gunther Schuller brought to NEC 40 years ago. The program will include George Russell's “All About Rosie" and Gunther's “Transformation," both of which were performed at the original “Birth of the Third Stream" concert at Brandeis in 1957. Other rarely heard pieces will include Steve Lacy's “Worms," Duke Ellington's “Black" (from “Black, Brown and Beige") as well as Ken Schaphorst's new arrangement of Ran Blake's “Horace is Blue" that will feature Blake playing with the NEC Jazz Orchestra.

Tuesday, December 4 Jason Moran Master Class 1 p.m. Pierce Hall

Tuesday, December 4 Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra 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. For this concert, the ensemble will be performing music by NEC's Jazz Composition majors: Jenn Allen, Aaron Bahr, Steve Bass, Mina Cho, Tyler Gilmore, Lorenzo Marquez, Chase Morrin and Peter Jonatan.

Friday, December 7 Jason Moran Master Class Brown Hall

Wed., December 12 NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra Brown Hall

NEC's Youth Jazz Orchestra performs a wide-ranging program including “Do It Fluid" by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jimmy Giuffre's “Blue Birdland," Thad Jones' “Big Dipper," Radiohead's “Everything in its Right Place," and Benny Moten's “Moten Swing."

The first organization of its kind, the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band comprised of high school students from throughout the greater Boston area. The group meets once a week and performs at NEC as well as at events such as the Highland Jazz Series, the MMEA Conference and First Night Boston. Open by audition to all musicians high school age or younger, the ensemble gives young musicians opportunities to learn and perform together in an environment of high expectations and standards.

All events are free and open to the public

Go to necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1260 for more details.

New England Conservatory'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 unprecedented program was approved by the National Association of Schools of Music and began offering classes in September 1969. Closely allied to the Jazz Studies program was his Third Stream department (now Contemporary Improvisation), which came along a few years later, building bridges between classical music, jazz and related genres.

Jazz Studies faculty have included Carl Atkins, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, six MacArthur “Genius" grant recipients (Steve Lacy, George Russell, Ran Blake, Gunther Schuller, Miguel Zenón and Jason Moran) and four NEA Jazz Masters (Schuller, Bob Brookmeyer, Russell and Ron Carter). Current faculty, led by Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst, are among the most distinguished jazz artists of today: Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake, Luis Bonilla, Anthony Coleman, Dominique Eade, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, Donny McCaslin, John McNeil, Jason Moran, Bob Moses, Brad Shepik and Miguel Zenon, among others.

Prominent NEC alumni include Darcy James Argue, Bruce Barth, Richie Barshay, Don Byron, Regina Carter, Freddy Cole, Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Ricky Ford, Satoko Fujii, Jerome Harris, Fred Hersch, Roger Kellaway, Mat Maneri, Harvey Mason, Andy McGhee, Bill McHenry, John Medeski, Vaughn Monroe, Michael Moore, Noah Preminger, Jamie Saft, George Schuller, Luciana Souza, Chris Speed, Cecil Taylor, Daniel Tepfer, Cuong Vu, Phil Wilson, Bo Winiker, Bernie Worrell and Rachel Z. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the program has 61 undergraduate and 45 graduate students representing 12 countries.

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