April 13, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble performs live during
WBGO's JAM Festival on April 16 at 2pm.
Artist Diploma Ensemble is an elite group of emerging musicians who have already distinguished themselves as exceptional artists. They regularly perform at the Juilliard School, the Blue Note and Jazz at Lincoln Center, often with guest artists such as Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon and Ron Carter. An important aspect of their program at the Juilliard School is national and international touring. They have given workshops, master classes and concerts in Aiken, South Carolina, at the New Orleans and Detroit jazz festivals, as well as in Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, South Korea and Australia among other places. While highlighting the historical connections, they create music that is on the forefront of today’s jazz sound.
Chicago based saxophonist Rob Haight attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Western Michigan University and completed his degree in music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Haight has studied saxophone, improvisation and composition with Bill Sears, Trent Kynaston, Rick Holland, Jerry DiMuzio, David Bloom, Scott Mason, Mike Smith, Tom Garling and Mark Colby.
Rob Haight has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra featuring Patti Austin and Doc Severinsen, Chuchito Valdez, Michael Feinstein, Umphreys McGee, Ann Hampton Callaway, John Fedchock, Ron Hawking, the Elgin Symphony, and the Sabertooth Organ Quartet led by Cameron Pfiffner and Pat Mallinger. Rob is a member of Cameron Pfiffner's Marco Polo, Ian Torres Big Band, guest saxophonist with Spare Parts and performs frequently with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Rob Haight has had the opportunity to perform with the incredible musicians of this group at various venues in Chicago as well as the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
The winner of the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, pianist, composer, and arranger, Christopher Ziemba, is already receiving widespread critical acclaim. After Ziemba made his debut in March 2009 as a guest artist on Marian McPartland’s famed radio broadcast, Piano Jazz, David Lyon of National Public Radio reported: “Ziemba has developed the keen sensibilities and musical awareness of a great musician.” Most recently, in March 2011, Chris was chosen to participate in the Advancing Jazz Improvisation Master Classes with jazz icon Brad Mehldau. Presented in conjunction with the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, Chris was the only pianist selected nationally, to perform in both the solo piano and trio classes in New York City. In May 2008, Chris was one of three jazz pianists chosen from the Eastman School, to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C and at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. A 2011 graduate of the esteemed Eastman School of Music, where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, Chris has studied jazz piano with Fred Hersch, Frank Kimbrough, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, and Paul Hofmann.
John Tate is a bassist residing in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University and has studied with John Clayton, Rodney Whitaker, Kelly Sill, Marlene Rosenberg, and John Floeter. John has performed with Matt Wilson, Bill Carrothers, Von Freeman, Victor Goines, Vincent Herring, Scott Wendholt, and Sean Jones among many others. Currently, John is part of the Josh Moshier/Mike Lebrun Collective (2010 recipient of Chamber Music America’s New Works Grant), and is completing his Artist Diploma studies at The Juilliard School.
Award-winning saxophonist and composer Michael Thomas has studied music from an early age, starting piano at 5 and saxophone at 10. Thomas’ focus shifted to jazz in high school, and during his senior year, he was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Miami (UM) as a Studio Music and Jazz Major. While at UM, Thomas was a member of the school’s top ensembles, including the Studio and Concert Jazz Bands, and the Frost Jazz Sextet. Upon earning his B.M. in 2008, Thomas moved to Boston to pursue a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, where he received the jazz department’s Presidential Scholarship.
Thomas’ career has taken him to venues throughout North and Central America, as well as Europe. In 2008, he participated in Betty Carter’s “Jazz Ahead” Workshop, and in 2010 was recognized by DownBeat Magazine in the 33rd Annual Student Music Awards as the winner of “Best Original Song” for his composition Refract.
As a jazz drummer and world percussionist, Jeremy Noller represents both sides of a rare musical coin. Since his arrival in New York City in 2003, Jeremy has taken full advantage of the city’s diverse music scene, performing with many of the finest jazz musicians, contemporary percussionists, and West African drummers. Originally from Libertyville IL, he began studying percussion at the age of nine. He graduated with honors from the University of North Florida, and went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Jeremy has been fortunate to have many great teachers and mentors, including Bunky Green, Kevin Bales, and John Riley. He has performed at many of New York City’s top jazz venues, and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, Jeremy released his debut album as a bandleader titled “Music Notes” featuring his original compositions that combine contemporary jazz and traditional West African rhythms. Also an experienced music educator, Jeremy has been actively teaching for over 14 years, and is on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music in Manhattan. Jeremy is currently finishing his studies as a Jazz Artist Diploma candidate at The Juilliard School.
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April 12, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
William Paterson University's Jazz Septet, also known as "The Hawk Flies Septet," performed live in the WBGO studios, in the third of our series of student ensemble broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.
The group is directed by pianist Mulgrew Miller, who has been William Paterson's director of jazz studies since 2005. They performed compositions by him and other former and current music faculty, including Thad Jones, Benny Golson and James WIlliams.
The original manuscripts of several of these compositions are housed in the university's Living Jazz Archives, which houses the papers of Jones, Williams and trumpeter Clark Terry, among others. of More details on the set and personnel are listed below.
Enjoy this live performance, check out links to past performances and join us again as we celebrate the rising generation of jazz greats on air and online all April for Jazz Appreciation Month!William Paterson University Jazz Septet - "The Hawk Flies Septet"
Live at WBGO 4/12/13Set list and soloists:
1. "Mean What You Say" – Thad Jones (WP Founding Jazz Studies Director)
[Manuscript from the Thad Jones Archive on the WP campus.]
Soloists: Daseul Kim, bass; Zach Gillespie, trumpet; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax
2. "Stablemates" – Benny Golson (WP artist in residence, Fall 2012)
Soloists: Peter Lin, trombone; Zach Gillespie, trumpet; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax
3. "Deluge" – Wayne Shorter
Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; David Zaks, piano
4. "Soulful Mr. Timmons" – James Williams (WP Jazz Studies Director, 1999-2004)
[Manuscript from the James Williams Archive on the WP campus.]
Soloists: Ben Sigler, tenor saxophone; Peter Lin, trombone; David Zaks, piano
5. "The Sequel" – Mulgrew Miller (WP Jazz Studies Director since 2005)
Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; guest Mulgrew Miller, piano
6. "Let's" – Thad Jones
[This is the origin of Thad’s big band chart “Not Now, I’ll Tell You When” in WP Archive]
Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax; Chris Brawley, drums
Zach Gillespie – trumpet (junior, Phoenix, AZ)
Ben Kovacs – tenor saxophone (senior, Franklin, NJ)
Peter Lin – trombone (senior, Whippany, NJ)
David Zaks – piano (junior, Hoboken, NJ)
Charlie Sigler – guitar (senior, Baltimore, MD)
Daseul Kim – bass (sophomore, Seoul, Korea)
Chris Brawley – drums (sophomore, Sacramento, CA)
All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts
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April 12, 2013. Posted by Simon Rentner.The pianist and saxophonist Kyle Shepherd is one of Cape Town's most highly tipped musicians. (Image Credit: freelenz/Flickr)
Brilliant art often hides in plain sight. Such is the case in South Africa, where, for centuries, the country turned its back on black and "coloured" musicians.
In the mid-'60s, the apartheid government made it impossible for its best musicians to operate or make a living. Being a true jazz musician in the apartheid era was particularly dangerous; artists who played music that symbolized empowerment, integration and freedom posed a direct threat. This is why so few "classic" South African jazz recordings exist in the first place. Now, as South Africa enters a modern age, many of the same problems that frustrate American jazz artists actually plague South Africans. Recording contracts for its elders are few and far between.
That said, there's one bright light in the country: The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, one of Africa's largest music events. Last weekend, jazz — and all that it represents — was celebrated as a vital component of South African identity. This "grandest gathering," as it was called, not only drew a massive audience (26,000 people in two days), but also attracted Africa's top business leaders and dignitaries, including South Africa's president himself.
Here are five South Africans — all featured at this year's festival — whom every jazz aficionado should know.Read more
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