Juilliard Jazz, Celebrating its 10th Year, Opens 2010-2011 Season with the Juilliard Jazz Quintet and Friends on Tuesday, September 21 at 8PM in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Juilliard Jazz, under the direction of Artistic Director Carl Allen, celebrates its 10th year and opens its 2010-2011 season with its new faculty ensemble, the Juilliard Jazz Quintet in an evening of original compositions - and possibly a few favorite standards - on Tuesday, September 21 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Members of the Juilliard Jazz Quintet are: Ron Blake (saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Carl Allen (drums). Joining the Quintet will be Juilliard Jazz faculty friends, trombonist Steve Turre and bassist Ben Wolfe.


The program includes: Ritual Dance (by Carl Allen), Mr. Bow Tie (by Ron Carter), Shades of Brown (by Ben Wolfe), Dreams (by Eddie Henderson), Black Foot (by Steve Turre), Virginia Waltz (by Ben Wolfe), Loose Change (by Ron Carter), and Chasing the Sun (by Ron Blake).


FREE tickets will be available beginning September 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.




Multi-talented saxophonist Ron Blake inhabits many worlds. The Virgin Islands-born native, is based in New York City. He is a well-rounded musician and has recorded three CDs as a leader; in addition, his discography numbers more than 50 recordings as either a guest or a sideman with leading artists, such as Roy Hargrove, Art Farmer, the Christian McBride Band, and many others. He is entering his fifth season as a member of NBC's Saturday Night Live Band.


Legendary bassist Ron Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was in Boston, and after 18 years on the faculty of the music department of The City College of New York, he is now distinguished professor emeritus. As a performer, he remains active as ever. Most recently, he 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.


Jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson studied trumpet, flugelhorn, and music theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After three years in the Air Force, he enrolled at U.C. Berkeley, graduating with a B.S. in zoology. He then studied medicine at Howard University in Washington, D.C. From 1968 until the late 1980s, he mixed music and medicine and was a member of Herbie Hancock's trailblazing sextet. After leaving Hancock, he worked extensively with Pharoah Sanders, Norman Connors, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, returning to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975, where he joined the Latin jazz group Azteca, and fronted his own bands. The expressive rhythmic thrust of Henderson's jazz/fusion experiences manifested itself on his Blue Note recordings, Sunburst and Heritage, and in 1977, he broke through with a single on the Billboard charts, Prance On (from the album Coming Through).


Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York jazz scene for nearly thirty years. He currently is a Palmetto recording artist, having previously recorded as a leader for OmniTone, Soul Note, and Mapleshade. Mr. Kimbrough was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective (1992-2005), and during the Collective's existence played in nearly twenty of its associated groups. He continues to perform solo concerts and with his trio, and is in demand as a sideman. Mr. Kimbrough's playing has been recognized by his inclusion in the DownBeat Critics Poll each year since 2001, and his recordings are often included in jazz critics' year's-end top-ten lists. Mr. Kimbrough's most recent trio CD, Rumors (Palmetto), was released in spring 2010.


One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist, Steve Turre, has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, DownBeat, and JazzIz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Born to Mexican-American parents,  Mr. Turre grew up in the San Francisco Bay are, where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues, and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement in that genre. Over the years, he has performed with Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In addition to performing as a member of NBC's Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, he leads several different ensembles. 


Bassist/composer Ben Wolfe's latest CD is entitled No Strangers Here on MaxJazz. He recently made his mark as a film composer, working with Matthew Modine on the film short, I Think I Thought. The film was screened at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Wolfe has gained a large following from his performances with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Diana Krall. As a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he has performed with Joe Henderson, Doc Cheatham, Jon Hendricks, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and Bill Higgins. Other artists he also has recorded with include Branford Marsalis, James Moody, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, and Benny Green.


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 included 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.


Recent up-and-coming alumni of the program include: Etienne Charles, Aaron Diehl, Marion Felder, and Thelonious Monk winners Jon Irabagon, Lage Lund, and Ben Williams.


About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz Studies


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.



2010-2011 Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 21, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Quintet and Friends

Saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Carl Allen with friends, trombonist Steve Turre and bassist Ben Wolfe

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 with Juilliard Jazz Alumni

10th Year Celebration

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 about two weeks before each event.

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