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Juilliard Jazz Presents "Just Jazz!" Featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Performing Classic Jazz Arrangements on Tuesday, January 15 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Juilliard Jazz Orchestra (Photo by Hiroyuki Ito)
Juilliard Jazz Orchestra (Photo by Hiroyuki Ito)

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The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra plays classic jazz arrangements by Benny Carter, Benny Golson, Neal Hefti, Thad Jones, Quincy Jones, Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan, Oliver Nelson, Sammy Nestico, and Maria Schneider on “Just Jazz!” on Tuesday, January 15 at 8 PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater. James Burton III conducts the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. Ben Wolfe is assistant conductor.

FREE tickets will be available beginning January 3 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) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu. PLEASE NOTE: The Box Office will be closed for the holidays from December 22 – January 2 and will re-open on January 3.

Juilliard Jazz students are required to know many of the traditional jazz standards, and the concert on January 15th gives them the opportunity to perform them in big band arrangements. 

The program features Symphony in Riffs by Benny Carter; Freckle Face by Sammy Nestico; Ballad for Benny by Oliver Nelson; Jessica’s Day by Quincy Jones; Lil’ Darlin’ by Neal Hefti; Sleep by Benny Carter; Three and One by Thad Jones; Back to Basics by Wynton Marsalis; 42nd & Broadway by Gerry Mulligan; Whisper Not by Benny Golson; Sky Blue by Maria Schneider; and Once Around by Thad Jones.

Members of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra are Jordan Pettay (soprano and alto saxophone) and Braxton Cook (alto saxophone); Chase Baird and Dean Tsur (tenor saxophones); Anthony Orji (baritone saxophone); Joseph Boga, Jonathan Challoner, Enrique Sanchez, and Alphonso Horne (trumpets); Andrew Clausen, William Hawley, and Matthew Musselman (trombones); Lake Jiroudek (guitar); David Lantz (piano); Russell Hall (bass); and Dag Markhus (drums).

Juilliard Jazz is a WBGO/Jazz 88 Arts Partner.

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz is one of the newest programs of performance education inaugurated by The Juilliard School. Founded in 2001 and having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, 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.

Highlights from the 2011-2012 season include a tribute concert to legendary bassist Ron Carter in March 2012 with guest artists Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Hubert Laws, and Christian McBride; and concerts during the season with guest artists, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; singer Jane Monheit with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performing music from the American Songbook; saxophonist Joe Lovano with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra; and Gary Smulyan in “The Music of Gerry Mulligan” with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

During summer 2012, Juilliard Jazz participated in summer jazz camps in West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Melbourne, Australia; and Ephraim, Utah 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, and Brazil. Juilliard Jazz 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 Ernie Andrews, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Sean Jones, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Frank Wess, and others. 

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 Quartet, its faculty ensemble, features Juilliard Jazz Artistic Director, drummer Carl Allen, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Ron Carter, and pianist Frank Kimbrough.                                                      

 About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz

With more than 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for more than 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). 

Dreamboat, released in 1988, was Mr. Allen’s first CD as leader, followed by Piccadilly Square, 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 second album, Work to Do.

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PROGRAM LISTING:

Tuesday, January 15, 8 PM, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

“Just Jazz!”

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

James Burton III, conductor

Ben Wolfe, assistant conductor

 

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra plays classic jazz arrangements by Benny Carter, Benny Golson, Neal Hefti, Thad Jones, Quincy Jones, Juilliard alumnus Wynton Marsalis, Gerry Mulligan, Oliver Nelson, Sammy Nestico, and Maria Schneider. 

The program features Symphony in Riffs by Benny Carter; Freckle Face by Sammy Nestico; Ballad for Benny by Oliver Nelson; Jessica’s Day by Quincy Jones; Lil’ Darlin’ by Neal Hefti; Sleep by Benny Carter; Three and One by Thad Jones; Back to Basics by Wynton Marsalis; 42nd & Broadway by Gerry Mulligan; Whisper Not by Benny Golson; Sky Blue by Maria Schneider; and Once Around by Thad Jones. 

FREE tickets will be available January 3.