Juilliard Jazz Presents "Brazilian Romance" with Brazilian Pianist Paulo Braga and Friends Performing with Juilliard Jazz Ensembles on Monday, November 11 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Paulo Braga (Photo by Nan Melville)
Paulo Braga (Photo by Nan Melville)
Paulo Braga
Paulo Braga


Juilliard Jazz presents “Brazilian Romance” with guest artist, Brazilian pianist Paulo Braga and friends, performing original compositions with Juilliard Jazz Ensembles on Monday, November 11 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. Joining Mr. Braga from Brazil will be flutist/saxophonist Eduardo Neves, bassist Marinho Andreotti, and drummer Eduardo Ribeiro.

FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/falljazz.

The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles have been coached by Rodney Jones and Frank Kimbrough. The Frank Kimbrough Ensemble features alto saxophonist Jordan Pettay, trumpeter Jonathan Challoner, trombonist Matt Musselman, guitarist Adam Moezinia, pianist Martha Kato, bassist Luke Sellick, and drummer Sammy Miller. The Rodney Jones Ensemble features alto saxophonist Taylor Herron, tenor saxophonist Dean Tsur, trumpeter Joe Boga, trumpeter Enrique Sanchez, vibraphonist Joe Doubleday, pianist Jahaan Sweet, bassist Dan Stein, and drummer Andrew Wangemann.

Pianist Paulo Braga has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles, such as São Paulo Wind Symphony and São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Camerata Villa Lobos, Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba, Tatuí’s Symphony Orchestra, and String Camerata. He graduated in piano from the Conservatório de Tatuí and was responsible for the creation of the popular music department at the Conservatório de Tatuí in 1990 and was its coordinator until 1994.
Mr. Braga taught piano and ensemble until 2008 when he stepped down from the institution. He has been pedagogical coordinator at EMESP – Tom Jobim, São Paulo State’s School of Music, since October 2009.

With Paulo Flores, Paulo Braga is responsible for the Festival Brasil Instrumental, a highly-regarded event featuring Brazilian music. His main research interests are the study of piano in jazz and Brazilian popular music, as well as its fusion with different musical styles. In 2008, Mr. Braga was awarded the FUNARTE fellowship in the popular composition category, as well as the PROAC Fellowship from the São Paulo State Secretary of Culture in the CD recording category. He has been a member of Arrigo Barnabé’s group since 1988.

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, 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.

In 2012-2013, Juilliard Jazz welcomed five special guest artists: pianist Paulo Braga from Brazil; Memphis jazz musicians, saxophonist George Coleman and pianist Harold Mabern; saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera; and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who was artist-in-residence for the season. Summer 2013 took Juilliard Jazz to Aiken, South Carolina; San Jose, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Melbourne, Australia; Snow College in Ephraim, Utah; and Kanagawa, Japan for summer jazz camps.

Highlights from the 2011-2012 season included 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.

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 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 has 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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Monday, November 11, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard (155 West 65th Street, NYC)

“Brazilian Romance” with Brazilian Pianist Paulo Braga and Friends

Eduardo Neves, flute and saxophone

Marinho Andreotti, bass

Eduardo Ribiero, drums


The Rodney Jones Ensemble:


Taylor Herron, alto saxophone

Dean Tsur, tenor saxophone

Joe Boga, trumpet

Enrique Sanchez, trumpet

Joe Doubleday, vibraphone

Jahaan Sweet, piano

Dan Stein, bass

Andrew Wangemann, drums


The Frank Kimbrough Ensemble:


Jordan Pettay, alto saxophone

Jonathan Challoner, trumpeter

Matt Musselman, trombone

Adam Moezinia, guitar

Martha Kato, piano

Luke Sellick, bass

Sammy Miller, drums



Nhonho da Botica by Paulo Braga

Cabeça de Melão by Paulo Braga

Calango do Mato by Eduardo Neves

Frevo by Eduardo Ribeiro

Jongo aliança by Eduardo Neves

De camarote by Eduardo Neves

Oh lugar by Paulo Braga

Ja to te esperando by Eduardo Ribeiro

Chorinho pra vc by Severino Araújo

Festa Mágica by Eduardo Neves


FREE tickets are available 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/falljazz.

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