Juilliard Jazz Presents "Silver Serenade: The Music of Horace Silver" Featuring Juilliard Jazz Ensembles on Tuesday, November 1 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Juilliard Jazz presents “Silver Serenade: The Music of Horace Silver” performed by Juilliard Jazz Ensembles on Tuesday, November 1 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall.  The concert features compositions by Horace Silver, arranged by Juilliard Jazz musicians. The two Juilliard Jazz Ensembles have been coached by Juilliard faculty members, pianist Frank Kimbrough and guitarist Rodney Jones. The Frank Kimbrough Ensemble features Jordan Pettay (alto saxophone), Joseph Boga (trumpet), Andrew Clausen (trombone), Alex Wintz (guitar), Samora Pinderhughes (piano), Clovis Nicolas (bass), and James Macbride (drums). Their set includes: The Outlaw, Enchantment, Virgo, Summer in Central Park, Gregory is Here, All In Time, and Quicksilver. The Rodney Jones Ensemble includes Alphonso Horne (trumpet), Morgan Jones (tenor saxophone), Nicholas Finzer (trombone), Kristopher Bowers (piano), David Baron (bass), and Joseph Saylor (drums). Their set includes: Break City, Mary Lou, Peace, Horace-Scope, Moon Rays, and Filthy McNasty.

FREE tickets will be available beginning October 18 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.

Horace Silver was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on September 2, 1928. His father had immigrated to the United States from Cape Verde, and that country’s Portuguese influences played a big part in Silver’s music later on. Silver began his musical studies as a teenager, playing both the piano and saxophone. While playing in Hartford with his piano trio, he was noticed by Stan Getz in 1950. The saxophonist brought the band on the road and recorded three of Silver’s compositions. In 1951, Silver moved to NYC, where he accompanied saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and many other jazz legends. Silver signed with Blue Note where he remained until 1980. During these years, Silver helped create a jazz style known as ‘hard bop’. Some of his albums from this period included Horace Silver Trio (1953), Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers (1955), Six Pieces of Silver (1956), and Blowin’ The Blues Away (1959). One of his most famous songs became the title for his 1964 album, Song For My Father. After Silver’s tenure with Blue Note ended, he continued to produce recordings with Continuity of Spirit (Silveto), It’s Got To Be Funky (Columbia 1993), On Jazz Has a Sense of Humor (Verve, 1998), among others. In 2005, he received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ President’s Merit Award. His autobiography is entitled, Let’s Get To the Nitty Gritty (University of California Press, 2007). Silver resides with his family in California.

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz at 10 

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 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 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.

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

About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz Studies

With more than 200 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 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, andGet Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue debut release with bassist Rodney Whitaker. Mr. Allen was again joined by Mr. Whitaker for a second album entitled, Work to Do. 





Tuesday, November 1, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Small Ensembles

“Silver Serenade: The Music of Horace Silver”

FREE tickets will be available beginning October 18 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.


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Blue Note New York Sunday Brunch Series:

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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.