The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Performs "Kenya" by Machito on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble Presents "The Ambassadors" on Monday, October 1, 2018

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
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NEW YORK –– Juilliard Jazz presents an evening of Latin jazz featuring selections from the album Kenya by Latin jazz musician Machito on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 7:30pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra is joined by guest conductor José Madera and guest percussionists Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and George Delgado. Resident conductor is Jerome Jennings. Members of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra are: Alexa Tarantino and JarienJames Jamanila (alto saxophones), Abdias Armenteros and Gideon Tazelaar (tenor saxophones), Immanuel Wilkins (baritone saxophone); Noah Halpern, Giveton Gelin, Jonah Moss, Anthony Hervey, and JQ Whitcomb (trumpets); Jasim Perales, Jeffery Miller, Jacob Melsha, Brendan Lanighan (trombones); Juan Vidaurre (guitar), Joel Wenhardt (piano), Adam Olszewski (bass), and Cameron MacIntosh (drums).

Tickets at $20 ($10 for full-time students with a valid ID) will be available beginning September 20 at

On Monday, October 1, 2018, at 7:30pm in Juilliard’s Paul Hall, the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble presents “The Ambassadors” featuring the music of jazz ambassadors Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie. Members of the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble are: Lluc Casares (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Gideon Tazelaar (tenor and soprano saxophones), Kasperi Sarikoski (trombone), Addison Frei (piano), Mark Lewandowski (bass), and Francesco Ciniglio (drums).

Tickets at $20 ($10 for full-time students with a valid ID) will be available beginning September 20 at

About José Madera

Born in New York City, son of José “Pin” Madera, the first arranger for the Machito Orchestra, José Madera spent 31 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra, first as a percussionist and later as musical arranger and musical director. He has written many arrangements for and recorded or worked with countless Latin artists, among them Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Chico O'Farrill, Machito, Graciela, Mario Bauza, Willie Rosario, Earl Klugh, the Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Fania All-Stars, Willie Colon, Joe Farrell, and Eddie Palmieri. He has also worked and recorded with many pop, R&B, and jazz artists, including Diana Ross, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera, George Benson, and Lionel Hampton. He has taught the art of playing Latin percussion instruments at Boys and Girls Harbor in Manhattan and has taken part in musical clinics at various schools around the country. He was musical director of the Latin Giants of Jazz and the Mambo Legends Orchestra, the latter comprising former members of the Tito Puente Orchestra performing new Latin jazz and the music of Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente.

About Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez, who grew up in New York City, earned a place playing bongos in the Tito Puente Orchestra at age 17, which began his career and a lifetime association with the King of Latin Music. He spent over 30 years with the orchestra, and also worked with Tito Rodriguez (1965-68), Ray Barretto (1970-72), and the Típica 73 band (1973-79). He went back to work with Tito Puente, playing alongside him until his death in May of 2000; he and other former Tito Puente musicians then formed the Mambo Legends Orchestra. Working with Martin Cohen (founder of Latin Percussion, which manufactures instruments), Rodriguez has helped open many doors for Latin performers and continues to promote Latin music worldwide.

About George Delgado

Born in the Bronx, George Delgado was 6 years old when his father began teaching him to play congas and timbales; he soon learned to play all forms of percussion. At age 14, he began playing timbales with Tito Rojas’ El Conjunto Borincano, and he has also played with Santiago Ceron, Manny Oquendo’s Libre, Tony Vega, Tito Nieves, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Jimmy Bosh, Steve Torre, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Soneros del Barrio, and others. Actively involved in music education since 1989, he first began teaching percussion at Johnny Colon’s East Harlem Music. He joined Boys and Girls Harbor as a teacher in 1992, has traveled throughout Europe, Japan, the Caribbean and the United States, and has taken part in clinics for the Abanico School in Paris.

About Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is director of jazz studies at Juilliard and managing and artistic director at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A world-renowned trumpeter, composer, educator, and leading advocate for American culture, he was born in New Orleans in 1961 and made his recording debut as a leader in 1982. He has since made more than 80 jazz and classical recordings and has won nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year. Today he is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards in five consecutive years (1983–87).

Mr. Marsalis is the recipient of honorary doctorates more than 25 of America’s top academic institutions including Columbia, Harvard, Howard, Princeton, Yale, and Juilliard. His creativity has been celebrated the world over. In 1997 he became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields. In 2001 he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations, and in 2005, received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. government. In 2016 he received the National Humanities Medal for his work inspiring music lovers everywhere to embrace America’s quintessential sound.

Mr. Marsalis has authored six books including Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits, Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, and most recently, Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! Mr. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, the Frederick P. Rose Hall, which opened its doors in 2004.

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 program engages students in the global jazz scene, and they have recently performed at festivals in Amsterdam, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, and the Cayman Islands, and in clubs in China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Switzerland.

Recent alumni of the program include saxophonists: Sharel Cassity; Jon Irabagon, Paul Nedzela; Peter Reardon-Anderson, and Erica von Kleist; trumpeters Etienne Charles, Dominick Farinacci, Brandon Lee, and Jumaane Smith; trombonists Chris Crenshaw, Michael Dease, Marshall Gilkes, and Ryan Keberle; pianists Jon Batiste, Adam Birnbaum, Kris Bowers; and Aaron Diehl; bassists Joshua Crumbly, Yasushi Nakamura, Luke Sellick, and Ben Williams; and drummers McClenty Hunter, Jerome Jennings, Ulysses Owens Jr., and Joe Saylor.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Kenya by Machito

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

José Madera, guest conductor

Jerome Jennings, resident conductor

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and George Delgado, guest percussionists


Tickets at $20 ($10 for full-time students with a valid ID) will be available beginning September 20 at


Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:30pm, Paul Recital Hall

“The Ambassadors”

Featuring the music of jazz ambassadors Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie

Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

Lluc Casares, tenor saxophone and clarinet

Gideon Tazelaar, tenor saxophone

Kasperi Sarikoski, trombone

Addison Frei, piano

Mark Lewandowski, bass

Francesco Ciniglio, drums


Tickets for Juilliard Jazz concerts at $20 ($10 for full-time students with a valid ID) are available at

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
Juilliard Jazz Presents the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in "Kenya" by Machito on September 25, 2018 (photo by Hiroyuki Ito)