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Juilliard Jazz Announces 2018-19 Season

School's jazz ensembles will perform more than 50 concerts on and off campus

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in 2015
The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in 2015

Juilliard Jazz, under the leadership of Juilliard alumni Wynton Marsalis, director, and Aaron Flagg, chair and associate director, has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Juilliard Jazz Ensembles, and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble.

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra will perform at Alice Tully Hall and Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and has an annual weeklong residency at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles play more than 50 on- and off-campus performances annually, including international tours and performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note, all in New York City.

Several of next season’s concerts will feature guest vocalists in anticipation of the launch of Juilliard Jazz’s new voice master’s degree program, to begin in the fall of 2019. Carla Cook, Kurt Elling, Hilary Gardner, Lenora Helm, Carmen Lundy, Dianne Reeves, and Charenée Wade are on the advisory committee, and these artists will be involved in the jazz voice master’s degree program through master classes, guest coachings, or other roles. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Highlights of the season include:

Kenya by Machito, an evening of Latin jazz with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, guest conductor José Madera, and guest percussionists John Rodriguez and George Delgado (Sep. 25)

The Ambassadors, featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie, performed by the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble (Oct. 1)

Masters of Orchestration, with music by Tadd Dameron, Neal Hefti, Thad Jones, and Gerry Mulligan, performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra with guest conductor and alumnus Brandon Lee (Oct. 11)

Billie Holiday: Swing Song Tradition, with guest vocalist Carla Cook and Juilliard Jazz Ensembles (Dec. 4)

The Music of Modern Southerners: The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra explores the music of Juilliard alumnus Chris Crenshaw and saxophonist Victor Goines. (Jan. 23)

Ballads, Blues and Shouts: American Folk Music, an exploration of American folk music and its connection to jazz, performed by Juilliard Jazz Ensembles (Jan. 28)

Millennials Make Their Mark, showcasing new compositions by a diverse group of young jazz composers from across the country including Juilliard alumni, students, and other award-winning composers, performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. The guest conductor is Andy Farber. (Feb. 27)

Also this season, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra will be a featured ensemble at the 2019 Jazz Education Network’s Conference in Reno, Nev., from Jan. 9-12.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the Sep. 25 Juilliard Jazz concert are $20 ($10 for full-time students with a valid ID) and will be available on Aug. 28 at Tickets for all other Juilliard Jazz events will be available beginning Sep. 20 at

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