NEC Jazz Orchestra Showcases Bob Moses, April 20 at NEC's Jordan Hall


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NEC Jazz Orchestra Plays Music of Bob Moses, April 20 in NEC's Jordan Hall

The NEC Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jazz and Improvisation Chair Ken Schaphorst, will spotlight the music of composer, drummer, and percussionist Bob Moses at its Jordan Hall concert April 20 at 8:00 p.m. Moses has been teaching at NEC since 1983, but this will be the first time that his music has been presented by the Jazz Orchestra. The concert will focus primarily on the music from three of his acclaimed Gramavision recordings, When Elephants Dream of Music (1982), Visit With the Great Spirit (1983), and 1994's Time Stood Still. Selections will include the following Bob Moses compositions: African Violet, Bahia, Black Orchid, Bugs Bunny, Lost in Your Eyes, Mbira Tanzania, Reverance, The Light of the All Day Night, and Time Stood Still.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Bob Moses began playing drums at the age of 10 and was composing music by the time he was 14. Because his father, Richard Moses, was a press agent for various jazz artists including Charles Mingus, Max Roach and Rashaan Roland Kirk, Moses got noticed early. He first sat in with Mingus when he was about 12. He played vibraphone in Latin bands in New York while still in his teens, and formed the group Free Spirits with Larry Coryell in 1966. The following year he played and recorded with Roland Kirk for six months and joined Gary Burton's quartet, remaining with the group until 1968. He then joined Jack DeJohnette's group, Compost, and later formed the trio Open Sky with Dave Liebman, recording two albums in 1972 and 1974. He also played with saxophonist Harold Vick in 1973, and with the Mike Gibbs orchestra in 1974. He rejoined Gary Burton's group in 1974, and in 1975 recorded the brilliant trio album Bright Size Life with Pat Metheny and the late Jaco Pastorious. He also started his own record label, Mozown Records, releasing Bittersuite in the Ozone in 1975.

Bob Moses's life has been a continuous quest for vision, spirit, compassion, growth, and mastery in a multiplicity of art forms. A partial list of other stellar musicians he has worked with both as leader and sideman includes: Jim Pepper, The Free Spirits, Keith Jarrett, Steve Swallow, Lyle Mays, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Hal Galper, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Steve Kuhn, Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Don Alias, John Scofield, Terumasa Hino, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Hermeto Pascoal, Jovinos Santos Neto, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Chucho Valdes, Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Stan Strickland, Tiger Okoshi, Nana Vasconcelos, Obo Andy, John Medeski, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Badal Roy, Ravikiran, Master Anand, Raqib Hassan, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, and Tisziji Munoz.

Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes--thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC's opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top," a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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