01/27/10

New England Conservatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Noted jazz education program celebrates 40th with a week of special performances in New York City.

The New England Conservatory continues the 40th Anniversary celebration of its landmark Jazz Studies program in New York City in March, with a week of performances by various alumni. Gigs will be spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn from March 20 – 27 and proceeds will go to support jazz scholarships at NEC.

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Gunther Schuller and Joe Lovano after Schuller's 75th birthday and the 20th anniversary celebration of GM Recordings, Harvard's Sanders Theater, March 18, 2001
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Some of the highlights for Hot and Cool: 40 Years of Jazz at NEC include John Medeski at B.B. King’s Blues Club, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the NEC Faculty Jazz All Stars with George Garzone, both at the Jazz Standard.

The anniversary was celebrated in NEC’s hometown of Boston in October with a similar series of events. The week of performances in New York gives NEC another chance to celebrate the first fully accredited Jazz Studies program in the nation, which was the brainchild of conductor Gunther Schuller who spearheaded the initiative in 1969 while he served as the school’s president.

The venerable program—which set itself apart by separating the study of jazz from classical music—has produced numerous Grammy-winning composers and performers, five MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners, four NEA Jazz Masters, and scores of alumni who have gone on to create critically acclaimed records.

The program’s alumni include but are not limited to Freddy Cole, Harvey Mason, Andy McGhee, Bill McHenry, John Medeski, Jamie Saft, Frank London, Luciana Souza, Cecil Taylor and Bridget Kearney. Past faculty includes pianist Jaki Byard, saxophonist Carl Atkins and Ran Blake, among others.

For further information visit NEC.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 20
8:30 p.m.: Matana Roberts, saxophone
10 p.m.: Jeremy Udden, saxophone
$10 cover; 1 drink minimum
Cornelia Street Café (212) 989-9319

Sunday, March 21
2 – 6 p.m.: Living Time: George Russell’s Musical Life and Legacy
Panel 1: George Russell as composer, bandleader, and influential figure
Panel 2: George Russell as music theorist and educator
Panelists include: Gunther Schuller, Ken Schaphorst, Ingrid Monson, Cameron Brown, Stanton Davis, Ben Schwendener, with an introduction by Jerome Harris
Free and open to the public.
Irene Diamond Education Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center (212) 258-9800

Sunday, March 21
8:30 and 10 p.m.: CD Release Concert for Matos’ new CD Quare
Andre Matos featuring Noah Preminger and Sara Serpa along with bassist Thomas Morgan, pianist Leo Genovese and drummer Ted Poor
$10 cover, 1 drink minimum
Cornelia Street Café (212) 989-9319

Monday, March 22
7 p.m.: The Public Option featuring trumpeter Jason Palmer, saxophonist Michael Thomas, guitarist Greg Duncan, bassist Lim Yang and drummer Lee Fish
10 p.m.: Noah Preminger Quartet featuring saxophonist Preminger, guitarist Ben Monder, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Matt Wilson
$10 cover after 9:30 p.m.
55 Bar (212) 929-9883

Tuesday, March 23
7:30 and 9:30 p.m.: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Tickets $25
Jazz Standard (212) 576-2232

Wednesday, March 24
7:30 p.m.: NEC Faculty Jazz All Stars featuring George Garzone, John McNeil, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart and Frank Carlberg
9:30 p.m.: Mary Ehrlich’s Quartet with Ray Anderson, Matt Wilson and bassist TBA
Tickets $25
Jazz Standard (212) 576-2232

Thursday, March 25
7 p.m.: The New Mellow Edwards
$10 cover charge at the door
Douglass Street Music Collective

Friday, March 26
7:00 p.m.: A vocal showcase featuring Dominique Eade, Sara Serpa, David Devoe, Amy Cervini, Jo Lawry and Sofia Koutsovitis
Tickets $15 and a two drink or $12 food minimum
Joe’s Pub (212) 967-7555

Friday, March 26
9 and 10:30 p.m.: The John McNeil-Bill McHenry Quartet
$10 cover, 1 drink minimum
Cornelia Street Café (212) 989-9319

Saturday, March 27
8 p.m.: NEC Jazz Summit Featuring John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood, Ran Blake, Cecil Taylor, Anton Fig, Bernie Worrell, Sarah Jarosz, Dominique Eade, Lake Street Dive (Rachael Price, Michael Calabrese, Bridget Kearney , Mike Olson). Others TBA.
Tickets $25 plus $10 minimum
B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill (212) 997-4144

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