Discover the Jazz Innovators of Tomorrow with "In the Mix"

A Free Series of Concerts Showcasing New England Conservatory's Exceptional Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles

Discover the jazz innovators 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 or call 617-585-1260 for more details.

Each ensemble meets weekly and 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.

Tuesday, November 13
7 p.m. Bob Moses Ensemble
8 p.m. & 9 p.m. Joe Morris Ensembles

Wednesday, November 14
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Dominique Eade Ensembles

Thursday, November 15
7 and 8 p.m. Bob Nieske Ensembles

Tuesday, November 20
7 p.m. Bert Seager Ensemble
8 p.m. John Lockwood Ensemble
9 p.m. Ted Reichman Ensemble

Monday, November 26
7 p.m. Joe Hunt Ensemble
8 and 9 p.m. Cecil McBee Ensembles

Tuesday, November 27
7 p.m. Eden MacAdam-Somer Songwriting Ensemble
8 p.m. Amir Milstein World Music
9 p.m. Nedelka Prescod African American Rooms Ensemble

Wednesday, November 28
7 p.m. Tanya Kalmanovitch CI Ensemble
8 p.m. Anthony Coleman's Survivors Breakfast
9 p.m. Ted Reichman 21st Century

Monday, December 3
7 p.m. John McNeil Ensemble
8 and 9 p.m. Frank Carlberg Ensembles

Thursday, December 6
7 and 8 p.m. Jason Moran Ensembles
9 p.m. Oscar Stagnaro Ensemble

Monday, December 10
7, 8 and 9 p.m. Jerry Bergonzi Ensembles

Tuesday, December 11
7 p.m. Ken Schaphorst Ensemble
8 p.m. Tanya Kalmanovitch Improv Ensemble
9 p.m. Tanya Kalmanovitch Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, December 12
7 p.m. Aubrey Johnson Vocal Ensemble
8 p.m. Jerry Leake Ensemble
9 p.m. Jorrit Dijkstra Ensemble

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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