Juilliard Jazz presents the New York premiere of guest faculty member and Juilliard alumnus Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited, a musical tribute dedicated to civil rights icons Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street). The Movement Revisited is presented as part of Juilliard's and Lincoln Center's Black History Month Celebration. Its four sections are each dedicated to one of these influential figures in American history. Mr. McBride was moved by these heroes and felt compelled to write the work. He composed all of the musical selections for the piece, including the narrative and lyrical works. The Movement Revisited, commissioned by the Portland Arts Society, is for a 17-piece big band, narrators, and a gospel choir. Mr. McBride will alternate between performing and conducting and will be assisted by Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Conductor Brandon Lee. J.D. Steele is vocal arranger, soloist, and choral director for The Movement Revisited.
FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7460 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
The movement titles tell the story: Overture, Main Theme, Rosa Speaks, Sister Rosa, Malcolm Speaks, Brother Malcolm, Ali Speaks, Rumble in the Jungle, Soldiers/I Have a Dream, and A View from the Mountaintop.
The roster of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra includes: Will Reardon Anderson, Jordan Pettay, Lucas Pino, Jeremy Viner, and Tony Lustig (saxophones); Robert Edwards, Melissa Jean, Willie Applewhite, Javier Nero (trombones); Mat Jodrell, Randall Haywood, Kyle Athayde, and Steven Fowler (trumpets); Joshua Richman, piano; Phil Kuehn, bass; Reggie Quinerly, drums, and Jonathan Smith, timpani and vibraphone.
The members of the choir are: Julietta Currenton, Joaquina Kalukango, Gayle Rankin, Danielle Brooks, Maechi Aharanwa, Shelly Watson, Melanie Charles, Alicia Olatuja, La Frederick Coaxner, Michael Shaw, Corey Hawkins, and Djore Nance.
Grammy Award-winner Christian McBride is one of the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the 1990s. At Juilliard, he studied with Homer Mensch. He has worked with everyone from Chick Corea to Pat Metheny, from Kathleen Battle to D'Angelo, from Diana Krall to Bruce Hornsby, from Quincy Jones to Sting. His latest CD on the Mack Avenue label is entitled Kind of Brown and features his group Inside Straight - Christian McBride on bass, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano saxophones, Warren Wolf, Jr. on vibes, Eric Reed on piano, and Juilliard Jazz Artistic Director Carl Allen on drums. Mr. McBride is the artistic director at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass summer program and is the co-director of The Jazz Museum in Harlem. He was chosen as the artist-in-residence for the Monterey Jazz Festival and was a former artist-in-residence of the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Mr. McBride was the second creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
J.D. Steele came onto the Minnesota music scene in the mid 1980s along with Prince, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Soul Asylum and The Steeles, putting Minnesota on the national music map forever. Mr. Steele began his career singing and arranging jingles for local and national spots. At Purdue University, where he majored in marketing, he also organized and directed the African American Cultural Center ensemble and began writing and arranging his compositions. Mr. Steele and his dynamic vocal siblings, The Steeles, have garnered every major music award and accolade the state has had to offer. They toured the hit show Gospel at Colonus with Morgan Freeman. Mr. Steele has been commissioned on ten original musicals and collaborated on a sixth. His most recent commissions were by the History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota and by Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2006. He has also developed a youth performance group of 200 kids (ranging in ages from 10 - 21) at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. The group, Shangilia, made its debut in Nairobi in January of 2005. He has taught and developed music workshop curricula across the country with K-12 students, as well as university music programs.
One of Juilliard's newest programs, Juilliard Jazz teaches at bachelor through master and artist diploma levels, with its most advanced artist diploma program a collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, founded in 2001. Its alumni already have made their mark on jazz culture in NYC and beyond. Recent graduates include James Burton, Etienne Charles; Aaron Diehl and Marion Felder; and Jon Irabagon, Lage Lund, and Ben Williams (all Thelonious Monk Competition winners), among others.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Wednesday, January 20, 8 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall
Juilliard Jazz Ensembles
LIMITED FREE tickets available January 6 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard
Tuesday, February 2, 8 PM, Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater
An Evening with Christian McBride and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
featuring The Movement Revisited
Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Choir
Christian McBride, Guest Artist and Conductor
J.D. Steele, Vocal Arranger, Soloist and Choral Conductor
Brandon Lee, Conductor
FREE tickets available beginning January 19 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard
Tuesday, February 23, 8 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall
Juilliard Jazz Ensembles
FREE tickets available beginning February 9 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard
Monday, March 22, 8 PM, Juilliard's Paul Hall
FREE tickets available beginning March 8 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard
Thursday, April 8, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
Student Original Compositions
FREE tickets available beginning March 25 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard
Monday, April 19, 8 PM, Paul Hall
Artist Diploma Ensemble
Terell Stafford, Guest Artist
LIMITED FREE tickets available beginning April 5 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard
For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
Juilliard Jazz students also will be appearing at the Blue Note and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola throughout the season.