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Jazz At NEC: September and October Highlights


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Wednesday, September 19, 1:30 p.m.: Fred Hersch Master Class, Brown Hall

On tour to promote his latest two-disc album Alive at the Vanguard, NEC faculty member and alum Fred Hersch will present a master class with his working trio, featuring bassist Drew Gress and drummer Eric McPherson.

Thursday, September 27, 1:00 p.m., Jason Moran and Dave Holland Master Class, Keller Room

MacArthur Fellow, Kennedy Center advisor and NEC faculty member Jason Moran joins NEC’s Artist in Residence, Dave Holland, for a rare joint master class.

Thursday, September 27, 8:00 p.m., Music of Dave Holland, Brown Hall

In the culmination his 5-day residency, legendary jazz bassist and composer Dave Holland will lead student ensembles in the performance of his music.

Thursday, October 11, 8:00 p.m., Dominique Eade Recital, Jordan Hall

Vocal music from Hildegard to Nancarrow to Monk to Dylan, performed by NEC Contemporary Improvisation/ jazz faculty member plus guests.

Celebrating her 28th year on the NEC faculty, singer Eade will perform a wide-ranging repertoire from Hildegard von Bingen to Nancarrow, from Thelonious Monk to Bob Dylan. She’ll also perform new original songs. The recital will feature special guests from NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Faculty including guitarist Brad Shepik.

Monday, October 15, 8:00 p.m., Ken Schaphorst Recital, Jordan Hall

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department Chair presents a concert of new compositions for an octet featuring Schaphorst on flugelhorn, Allan Chase and Jorrit Dijkstra on alto saxophone, Jerry Bergonzi on tenor saxophone, Daniel Ian Smith on baritone saxophone, Dave Harris on trombone, John Lockwood on bass and Yoron Israel on drums. The concert will also feature Schaphorst’s chamber music played by pianists Emely Phelps, Benjamin Woo and cellist Emileigh Vandiver.

Thursday, October 18, 8:00 p.m., Bob Brookmeyer Memorial Concert, Jordan Hall

New England Conservatory presents a tribute to legendary jazz composer and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, who taught at NEC for ten years between 1997 and 2007. Earlier in the day, there will be a panel discussion at noon in NEC’s Pierce Hall at which Brookmeyer’s legacy will be discussed with a group of his former students, including Daniel Henderson and The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra. Brookmeyer passed away in December 2011.

The concert will feature Brookmeyer’s music performed by the NEC Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Ken Schaphorst, including Brookmeyer’s compositions “ABC Blues,” “Ho Hum,” “Nasty Dance,” and “Dreams” along with his arrangements of Django Reinhardt’s “Django’s Castle,” Fats Waller’s “Willow Tree,” and “Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark.” The program will also include two pieces by young composers who studied with Brookmeyer at the Conservatory: Darcy James Argue’s “Blow-Out Prevention” and Ayn Inserto’s “A Little Brook.” “Blow-Out Prevention” was composed to feature Brookmeyer on valve trombone at Argue’s debut at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.

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.

This story appears courtesy of Braithwaite & Katz Communications.
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