Juilliard Jazz opens its new season with Juilliard Jazz Ensembles performing the “The Music of Cedar Walton” on Monday, October 1 at 8 PM in Paul Hall. Pianist/composer Cedar Walton, a 2010 NEA Jazz Master, will be at Juilliard a week earlier for a master class on September 25 from 4-7 PM and will talk about his music and the arrangements the students will play at the concert. Among Walton’s original compositions are Bolivia, Clockwise, and Firm Roots, which have become part of the standard jazz repertoire.
The two Juilliard Ensembles performing on the October 1 concert have been coached by Juilliard faculty members Frank Kimbrough and Xavier Davis. Xavier Davis’ ensemble features Adison Evans (baritone saxophone); Gabriel Medd (trumpet); Matthew Musselman (trombone); Samora Pinderhughes (piano); Luke Sellick (bass) and Carmen Intorre (drums). Their set includes Ugetsu, Cedar’s Blues, Bolivia, Dear Ruth, and Plexus. Frank Kimbrough’s ensemble features Jordan Pettay (alto saxophone); Chase Baird (tenor saxophone); Alphonso Horne (trumpet); David Lantz (piano); Joshua Crumbly (bass); and Jimmy McBride (drums). Their set includes: Firm Roots, Holy Land, Clockwise, Insight, Ojos de Rojo.
FREE tickets will be available beginning September 18 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
Pianist Cedar Walton is one of the most influential musicians active today. Born in Dallas, Texas, Walton began his piano studies with his mother He later studied music at the University of Denver. He moved to NYC in 1955 to play jazz, but was drafted into the U.S. Army, and while in Germany, performed with Leo Wright, Don Ellis, and Eddie Harris. He returned to NYC and recorded with Kenny Dorham, played in J.J. Johnson’s band, and performed with Benny Golson’s Jazztet. Walton also recorded with Art Farmer. He was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard. From the mid-1960s, Walton performed as the leader of a traditional bop quartet with Clifford Jordan, George Coleman or Ralph Moore and Sam Jones or David Williams and Billy Higgins. He also worked with Abbey Lincoln and Lee Morgan. Walton was the leader of the group Soundscapes in the mid-1970s and later toured the U.S., Europe, and Japan as the leader of a trio. He continues to perform and record with his own groups all over the world. Cedar Walton was named a 2010 NEA Jazz Master.
The next concert in the Juilliard Jazz season features the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performing Memphis Jazz with guest artists, saxophonist George Coleman and pianist Harold Mabern, on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. FREE tickets will be available beginning October 2.
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.
Summer 2012 took Juilliard Jazz to West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Melbourne, Australia; and Ephraim, Utah at Snow College for summer jazz camps.
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.
Monday, October 1, 8 PM, Paul Hall
“The Music of Cedar Walton”
Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform music by Cedar Walton.
Xavier Davis Ensemble: Adison Evans (baritone saxophone); Gabriel Medd (trumpet);
Matthew Musselman (trombone); Samora Pinderhughes (piano); Luke Sellick (bass); and
Carmen Intorre (drums)
Set includes: Ugetsu, Cedar’s Blues, Bolivia, Dear Ruth, and Plexus
Frank Kimbrough Ensemble: Jordan Pettay (alto saxophone); Chase Baird (tenor saxophone);
Alphonso Horne (trumpet); David Lantz (piano); Joshua Crumbly (bass); and Jimmy McBride (drums)
Set includes: Firm Roots, Holy Land, Clockwise, Insight, and Ojos de Rojo
FREE tickets will be available September 18 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.