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NEC Celebrates Its 50th “Jazziversary” with Jazz50 Concert Series

Jazz50 events and concerts are ongoing now until March

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Former NEC president Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) during one of many visits to NEC

During the 2019–2020 academic year, NEC is hosting Jazz50, a series of events and concerts in Boston and New York featuring a selection of the school’s jazz alumni, faculty, and students, plus special guests. For more information, check out

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Luciana Souza: Grow Your Art Residency Concert
7:30 pm, Brown Hall

Grammy-winning NEC alum Luciana Souza will return to her alma mater November 3–7, 2019 for a collaborative residency with NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, where she will work with students and discuss the music business, ways to take charge of one’s career, and more. The residency will culminate in this performance with NEC students.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Music of Gunther Schuller
7:30 pm, Jordan Hall

To honor Gunther Schuller’s musical vision, his compositions and arrangements will be performed by the NEC Jazz Orchestra with the help of his son and NEC alum, George Schuller.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

NEC Jazz50 Faculty All-Stars
7:30 and 9:30 pm, Jazz Standard

NEC alum and former faculty member Fred Hersch will join fellow jazz leaders and current faculty members Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, and Cecil McBee.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dominique Eade and Fred Hersch
7:30 and 9:30 pm, Jazz Standard

NEC faculty member Dominique Eade was the first jazz artist to receive NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma and is the teacher of many prominent jazz vocalists, including Sofia Koutsovitis, Jo Lawry, Michael Mayo, Rachael Price, Luciana Souza, and Sara Serpa. She will be joined by NEC alum and former faculty member Fred Hersch for this performance.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and NEC Alumni Big Band
8 pm, Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

Prominent jazz composer and NEC alum Darcy James Argue and his ensemble will join forces with fellow alums Dominique Eade, Marty Ehrlich, Brian Landrus, Tony Kadleck, Curtis Hasselbring, Josh Roseman, Jennifer Wharton, Frank Carlberg, Jerome Harris, and Kim Cass.

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