Juilliard Jazz, Celebrating its 10th Year, Announces its 2010-2011 Season

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Juilliard Jazz, under the direction of Artistic Director Carl Allen, celebrates its 10th season and announces its 2010-2011 schedule of concerts featuring the Juilliard Jazz Quintet, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and Juilliard Jazz Ensembles. Juilliard Jazz welcomes three special guest artists this season: bassist John Clayton, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and trombonist Curtis Fuller.

The season opens with the faculty Juilliard Jazz Quintet and Friends on Tuesday, September 21 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater as part of the School's Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series.

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra is joined by Grammy-winner and industry great, bassist John Clayton, on Tuesday, October 19 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater. On Friday, February 25, Dizzy Gillespie protégé, trumpeter Jon Faddis, is soloist in the rarely-performed Miles Davis/Gil Evans arrangement of "Porgy and Bess." The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performs alumni compositions on Thursday, March 31 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The season concludes on Tuesday, April 26 at 8 PM with student originals performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall.

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles are featured in concerts taking place at 8 PM in Paul Hall on Tuesday, October 5 (Artist Diploma Ensemble featuring five of the most advanced Juilliard Jazz musicians); Tuesday, November 2 with trombonist Curtis Fuller; Monday, December 6 featuring masterpieces from 1958 through 1965 (classical songs by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, The Jazz Messengers, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, and others), Wednesday, January 19 (student original compositions), Monday, February 14 (Artist Diploma Ensemble), Monday, March 21 (student originals), and Monday, April 11 (Artist Diploma Ensemble).

FREE tickets to concerts in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall and limited FREE tickets for Paul Hall concerts will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.



Seven-time Grammy nominated bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton's talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry. He is artistic director for the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington and was also appointed artistic director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2006. He served as the artistic director of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001.Mr. Clayton has written and arranged music for Diana Krall, DeeDee Bridgewater (including her Grammy award winning CD "Dear Ella"), Natalie Cole, Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dr. John, Gladys Knight, Regina Carter, Queen Latifah, and many others. He has been commissioned by many ensembles, including the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the American Jazz Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony, the Metropole Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the WDR Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Philharmonic. He was awarded a platinum record for his arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed by Whitney Houston during the Super Bowl in 1990. Mr. Clayton has served as musical director of several jazz festivals, including Sarasota Jazz Festival and the Santa Fe Jazz Party. As artistic director of the Vail Jazz Workshop, he participates in choosing talented students from across the nation for an intensive week of jazz. He co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with his brother, saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton and co-leads the Clayton Brothers Quintet.

Jon Faddis has become known throughout the world as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. He has an unfailing commitment to the education of young musicians and frequently conducts clinics and master classes to help the next generation of jazz musicians. Mr. Faddis has been artist-in-residence in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, State University of New York, since 1999, where he teaches in both the brass and jazz programs. Born in Oakland, California, Mr. Faddis began playing the trumpet at age eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Three years later, his trumpet teacher, Bill Catahano (an alumnus of the Stan Kenton Band), turned him on to Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he subsequently appeared at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. Two days before his 18th birthday, Mr. Faddis joined the Lionel Hampton Band as a featured soloist and in the same year was invited to sit in with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band on one of their regular Monday night sessions at the Village Vanguard. Mr. Faddis toured and recorded with this band for four years and also studied at the Manhattan School of Music during this period.

Curtis Fuller was raised in Detroit, Michigan and began his musical studies on the baritone horn in high school before switching to the trombone at age 16. Detroit at that time was a breeding ground for musical talent. Milt Jackson, Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Donald Byrd were some of the artists to come out of Detroit. In 1953, Mr. Fuller left to serve a two-year stint in the army where he met and played with Cannonball Adderley and Junior Mance, among others. When he returned home he began working with Yusef Lateef's quintet. In April 1957, the Lateef quintet recorded two albums in New York for Savoy and a third album, produced by Dizzy Gillespie, for Verve. Mr. Fuller moved to New York at the age of 22. He signed on with Blue Note records and became the only trombone soloist to have recorded with Jimmy Smith, Bud Powell, and John Coltrane, all in August or September 1957. Mr. Fuller recorded with Benny Golson under his own name for Savoy and recorded three albums under Benny Golson's name for Prestige in 1959. In February 1960, the Jazztet, a sextet under the leadership of Benny Golson and Art Farmer, recorded their first album. In the summer of 1961, he made Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers a sextet for the first time and stayed with the group until February 1965. In the late 1960s, Mr. Fuller played with Dizzy Gillespie's band, went on to tour with Count Basie, and reunited with Blakey and Golson. He continues to perform and record.


About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz is one of the newest programs of performance education inaugurated by The Juilliard School. Founded in 2001, Juilliard Jazz offers degrees at bachelor, master, and artist diploma levels. The curriculum combines tailored studio and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. In addition, its faculty and students conduct national and international master classes and clinics.

Summer 2010 highlights include jazz camps in Atlanta (June 14-18), Scotland, MD (July 5-10, in association with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington), and Ephraim, UT (July 12-17 at Snow College).

Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and tour to destinations such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, Spain, and Brazil. The ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Kenny Barron, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Ernie Andrews, Tom Harrell and Sean Jones.

These talented Juilliard young artists are taught by today's most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. The experienced Juilliard Jazz faculty combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages and in recording studios worldwide. The faculty ensemble, the Juilliard Jazz Quintet, opens The Juilliard School's concert season, performing in September 2010 to celebrate the beginning of an extraordinary 10th year.


About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz

With more than 175 recordings to his credit, the Milwaukee-born Carl Allen is a New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator whose propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for three decades.

Born in 1961, Mr. Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. He studied at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. Mr. Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and made many recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight.

Mr. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs, and many others. Mr. Allen's sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep).

Piccadilly Square, released in 1989, was Mr. Allen's first CD as leader, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey, The Pursuer, Testimonial, and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue debut release with bassist Rodney Whitaker. Mr. Allen was again joined by Mr. Whitaker for a recently released second album, Work to Do.


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2010-2011 Calendar


Tuesday, October 5, 8 PM Paul Hall

Artist Diploma Ensemble


Tuesday, October 19, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Guest Artist: John Clayton, Bass


Tuesday, November 2, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles

Guest Artist: Curtis Fuller, Trombone


Monday, December 6, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles

Featuring masterpieces from 1958 through 1965

(Classical songs by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, The Jazz Messengers, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, and others


Wednesday, January 19, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles Perform Student Originals


Monday, February 14, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Artist Diploma Ensemble


Friday, February 25, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Guest Artist: Jon Faddis, Trumpet

"Porgy and Bess"

Miles Davis/Gil Evans arrangement


Monday, March 21, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles Perform Student Originals


Thursday, March 31, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Performs Alumni Compositions


Monday, April 11, Paul Hall

Artist Diploma Ensemble


Tuesday, April 26, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Performs Student Originals


FREE tickets to concerts in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Alice Tully Hall and limited, FREE tickets for Paul Hall concerts will be available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard.


For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.