Juilliard Jazz Presents "The Music of Mary Lou Williams" on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:30pm in Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
Press Release

Featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra With Guest Conductor Aaron Diehl

NEW YORK –– Juilliard Jazz presents “The Music of Mary Lou Williams” featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, with guest conductor Aaron Diehl, pianist and alumnus, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:30pm in Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra members are alto saxophonists JarienJames Jamanila and David Milazzo; tenor saxophonists Abdias Armenteros and Evan Atwell-Harris; baritone saxophonist Alexa Tarantino; trumpeters David Adewumi, Giveton Gelin, Jonah Moss, and Noah Halpern; trombonists Rashaan Salaam, Samuel Chess, and Jacob Melsha; guitarist Jake Kelberman; pianist Jonathan Thomas; bassist Endea Owens; and drummer John Steele. Jerome Jennings is the resident conductor.

Tickets are $30 ($15 for full-time students) and available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra will perform Messa Stomp, Mary’s Idea (transcr. Mark Lopeman), A Mellow Bit of Rhythm, Scorpio, Lonely Moments, Blue Skies (Irving Berlin, arr. Mary Lou Williams), Scratchin’ in the Gravel, and Walkin’ and Swingin’.

A preconcert panel titled In Focus: Mary Lou Williams will take place in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at 6pmMr. Diehl joins pianist and composer Deanna Witkowski to discuss Mary Lou Williams and her extraordinary contributions as a composer, pianist, arranger educator, and humanitarian. Juilliard Jazz Chair and Associate Director Aaron Flagg will moderate. Free tickets are available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

About Aaron Diehl

Pianist Aaron Diehl is a graduate of the Juilliard Jazz program, where he studied with Kenny Barron, Eric Reed, and Oxana Yablonskaya. Recent performance highlights include serving as music director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concert series, performing in the New York premiere of Philip Glass’ complete Etudes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, collaborating with the flamenco guitarist Dani De Morón in Flamenco Meets Jazz, and touring the U.S. and Europe with jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. His trio with Ms. Salvant and bass player Paul Sikivie and drummer Lawrence Leathers has performed at Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Jazz in Marciac (Marciac, France), the Newport (R.I.) Jazz Festival (Newport, RI), North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Istanbul Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s (London), and La Cigale (Paris). His albums include Space, Time, Continuum (with performances by tenor saxophonist Benny Golson and baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley, alongside Diehl’s other established trio including drummer Quincy Davis and bassist David Wong); The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, released in 2013; Live at the Players featuring both of his trios, was released in 2010; and his first solo album, Live at Caramoor was released in 2008. He has collaborated with artists and ensembles including Warren Wolf, Lew Tabackin, Matt Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Mr. Diehl was the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist and the 2013 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association Award. Live at the Players won the 2012 Prix du Jazz Classique from the Académie du Jazz. (aarondiehl.com)

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and the Artist Diploma. The curriculum combines classroom, private studio, and performance ensemble courses with substantial interactions with jazz masters and multiple performance opportunities in diverse venues around the city and the world. The repertoire studied covers the entire jazz continuum, highlights its American vernacular roots, and emphasizes the social and cultural vitality of the music. The 2017-18 season sees the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in six concerts, Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in 11 performances, and the Artist Diploma Ensemble in three concerts. The program engages students in the global jazz scene with residencies in Bolivia, Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil, and Italy. This year’s guest conductors and coaches include Vince Giordano, Marquis Hill, Michael White, Rick Roe, and Abraham Burton, and faculty member Marc Cary.

In New York City the 44 students in Juilliard Jazz present more than 50 performances annually on and off campus in diverse venues including Juilliard’s Paul Recital Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Alice Tully Hall, the Zinc Bar, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. This season marks a focus on two areas: trumpet innovators of the post-bop era (Booker Little, Lee Morgan, and Miles Davis) and two extraordinary jazz musicians who were each admired educators and trailblazers (pianist Mary Lou Williams and vocalist Betty Carter). Finally, Juilliard Jazz will host the Tom Jobim Youth Orchestra from São Paolo, Brazil, and students from the Torino Conservatory in Italy.

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PROGRAM LISTING:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Presents “The Music of Mary Lou Williams”

Featuring the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra With Guest Conductor Aaron Diehl

 

Tickets are $30 ($15 for full-time students) and available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

 

Aaron Diehl
Juilliard Jazz Presents "The Music of Mary Lou Williams" on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:30pm in Peter Jay Sharp Theater (photo by Ingrie Hertfelter)