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Juilliard Jazz, Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Announces its 2011-2012 Season

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Guest Artists Include: Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon,Saxophonists Joe Lovano and Gary Smulyan, and Singer Jane Monheit, PLUS A Celebration for Bassist Ron Carter's 75th Birthday

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
Joe Lovano by Jimmy Katz
Joe Lovano by Jimmy Katz

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Juilliard Jazz, under the direction of Artistic Director Carl Allen, continues its 10th anniversary and announces its 2011-2012 season of concerts featuring the Juilliard Jazz Quintet, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and Juilliard Jazz Ensembles. Juilliard Jazz welcomes four special guest artists this season: trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonists Joe Lovano and Gary Smulyan, and singer Jane MonheitJuilliard Jazz celebrates Juilliard faculty member, legendary bassist Ron Carter’s 75thbirthday with a special concert on Tuesday, March 27 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. 

The season opens with Juilliard Jazz’s faculty ensemble, the Juilliard Jazz Quintet featuring drummer Carl Allen, saxophonist Ron Blake, guitarist Rodney Jones, pianist Frank Kimbrough, and bassist Ron Carter on Monday, September 19 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Singer Jane Monheit joins the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in music from the American Songbook with selections by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others on Tuesday, October 25 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Saxophonist Joe Lovano joins the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on Tuesday, January 24 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. On Wednesday, February 29 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Juilliard Jazz presents “The Music of Gerry Mulligan” with saxophonist Gary Smulyan. On Tuesday, March 27 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra presents “Ron Carter at 75: A Celebration of His Life.”

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform in concert at 8 PM in Paul Hall on Tuesday, October 4 featuring the Artist Diploma Ensemble, the most advanced Juilliard Jazz musicians, with special guest artist, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; Tuesday, November 1 featuring “Silver Serenade: The Music of Horace Silver” with Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles; Tuesday, November 15 featuring “Jackie’s Bag: The Music of Jackie McLean” with Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles; Tuesday, December 6 featuring Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles; Monday, February 13 and Monday, March 19 featuring Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles performing original student compositions; and on Monday, April 16 featuring the Juilliard Jazz 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 towww.juilliard.edu

Juilliard Jazz musicians also will be making appearances at the Blue Note Jazz Club on their New York Sunday Brunch Series on September 18 (Juilliard Jazz Ensemble), November 20 (Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble), and December 11 (Juilliard Jazz Ensemble). Sets are at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. Tickets are $24.50, which includes brunch, the show and a drink. For more information, please visit www.bluenote.net

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performs a New York premiere by Gerald Wilson at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on September 28 through October 2. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. For more information, go to www.jalc.org.

ARTISTS’ BIOS

Bassist and Juilliard faculty member, Ron Carter’s reputation in the music world is peerless. He stylishly accompanies any player or group, and without breaking stride, performs with stunning virtuosity as a soloist. His long list of accolades as a performer is unprecedented. Mr. Carter won a Grammy award in 1988 for the instrumental composition, Call Sheet Blues, from the film ‘Round Midnight. He scored and arranged music for a number of other films.

Mr. Carter is the author of Building Jazz Bass Lines, a series of books on playing jazz; a Comprehensive Bass Method, for classical bass studies; Ron Carter, Bass Lines; and The Music of Ron Carter, which contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions. 

With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, Mr. Carter may well be the most recorded bassist around. He is equally successful as a leader and a supportive collaborator, anchoring extraordinary and varied sessions with commanding technique and impeccable taste. Mr. Carter has recorded with many of the greatest names in music. His latest CD is entitled Ron Carter’s Great Big Band (Sunnyside label).

As an educator, he has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous colleges. Mr. Carter was artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston, and after eighteen years on the faculty of the music department of the City College of New York, he is now distinguished professor emeritus.

Mr. Carter was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France’s premier cultural award – the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world.

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon experiences an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his prodigious technique and signature sound has solidified Mr. Gordon in a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. In addition to a successful solo career, Mr. Gordon regularly tours leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His numerous recordings include thirteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. Mr. Gordon is a gifted composer and arranger. A committed music educator, he serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music.  

Saxophonist Joe Lovano has toured with many of the major jazz musicians, including Gunther Schuller, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Brubeck, Billy Higgins, Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, McCoy Tyner, among many others. He has long experimented with varying ensembles and formats, including playing unaccompanied saxophone and gongs, as well as in duets, trios, quartets, quintets, in his Wind Ensemble, Street Band, and in his Nonet, all reflecting his searching and dynamic personality. In 1991, he signed with Blue Note Records, and since then has been leading his own groups producing more than twenty-five recordings as a leader. One of his musical collaborators is his wife, vocalist Judi Silvano. Mr. Lovano, a Cleveland native, studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he now teaches. He also teaches at New York University.

Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit celebrates the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album,Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. The CD features the band she has worked with onstage and off for most of her career, as well as special guests such as John Pizzarelli, Mark O’Connor, and Larry Goldings. This is her first album for Emarcy/Universal and also marks her debut as sole producer of a recording. Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and stayed on the Billboard Jazz chart for more than a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category, recognizing Vince Mendoza on 2002’s In The Sun and 2004’s Taking A Chance on Love.

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan is a four-time winner of the DownBeat Readers Poll and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls, including the Jazz Journalists Award for baritone saxophone. He is a five-time Grammy® award winner for his work with B.B. King, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Smuylan has recorded and performed worldwide with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tom Harrell, Cedar Walton, George Coleman, Joe Henderson, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea, Diana Ross, Clark Terry, James Moody, and Slide Hampton, among others. He has recorded five CDs for the CrissCross label. He currently performs with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano’s Nonet, David Holland’s Octet and Big Band, The Three Baritone Saxophone Band, George Coleman’s Octet, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, and Tom Harrell’s Octet, as well as his own projects. Mr. Smulyan is on the faculty at William Paterson University.

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.

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 Jazz Club in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed weeklong runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Frank Wess, 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 Juilliard Jazz Quintet, its faculty ensemble, features Juilliard Jazz Artistic Director, drummer Carl Allen, saxophonist Ron Blake, guitarist Rodney Jones, pianist Frank Kimbrough, and bassist Ron Carter.

About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz

With more than 200 recordings to his credit, the Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and 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 BluesNoveau 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 joined Mr. Whitaker for a recently released second album, Work to Do.

 Juilliard Jazz - 2011-2012 Calendar

Monday, September 19, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Quintet

Featuring drummer Carl Allen, saxophonist Ron Blake, guitarist Rodney Jones,

pianist Frank Kimbrough, and bassist Ron Carter

Tuesday, October 4, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

Wycliffe Gordon, trombone

An evening with Wycliffe Gordon and the Artist Diploma Ensemble featuring the music of Mr. Gordon and the Artist Diploma Ensemble students.

Tuesday, October 25, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Jane Monheit, singer

An evening with Jane Monheit and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performing the American Songbook featuring the music of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others.

Tuesday, November 1, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles

“Silver Serenade: The Music of Horace Silver”

Tuesday, November 15, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles

“Jackie’s Bag: The Music of Jackie McLean”

Tuesday, December 6, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles

Tuesday, January 24, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Joe Lovano, saxophone

An evening with Joe Lovano and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Monday, February 13, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles Performing Original Student Compositions

Wednesday, February 29, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Gary Smulyan, saxophone

“The Music of Gerry Mulligan”

Monday, March 19, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles Performing Original Student Compositions

Tuesday, March 27, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

“Ron Carter at 75: A Celebration of His Life” Featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Monday, April 16, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

OFF-CAMPUS APPEARANCES

Blue Note New York Sunday Brunch Series

September 18 – Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

November 20 – Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

December 11 –Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

Sets at 12:30 and 2:30 PM. Admission is $24.50 for brunch, the show, and a drink.

For more information, go to www.bluenote.org.

Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

September 28 through October 2, 2011, Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Featuring a New York premiere by Gerald Wilson

For more information, go to www.jalc.org.

FREE tickets to concerts in Juilliard’s 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. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM.

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