Juilliard Jazz in Bolivia

Friday, Nov 17, 2017
Juilliard Journal
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Juilliard musicians Isaiah Thompson (piano), Philip Norris (bass), Kalia Vandever (trombone), Anthony Hervey (trumpet), and Charles Goold (drums)

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, a Bolivian youth orchestra invited Juilliard Jazz musicians to spend a week in Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s largest city.

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The Juilliard crew had some time off to get to know Bolivia; from left: Philip Norris, Kalia Vandever, Charles Goold, Isaiah Thompson, a host, Elio Villafranca, and Anthony Hervey

In August, five Juilliard students, two alums, and jazz piano faculty member Elio Villafranca performed, hosted an open rehearsal, led a workshop, and bonded with the members of Santa Cruz's Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil. Participants included trumpeter Anthony Hervey, bassist Philip Norris, pianist Isaiah Thompson, drummer Charles Goold, and trombonist Kalia Vandever.


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Juilliard pianist Isaiah Thompson and trumpeter Anthony Hervey with youth orchestra musicians

The culminating concert began with the jazz ensemble performing a sampler of historical highlights of the jazz canon; it ended with the Juilliard musicians and the youth orchestra performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Villafranca at the piano.