• WBGO JAM Live: LaGuardia High School Senior Jazz Band

    April 19, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The LaGuardia High School Senior Jazz Band, directed by Kevin Blancq, performed live in the WBGO studios today in the seventh in our series of student performance for Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Listen to audio from this broadcast here. A full set list and links to all of our JAM broadcasts are below.

    The group performed eight songs including Duke Ellington's "Cotton Club Stomp" and Herbie Hancock's "One Finger Stomp," and were interviewed between songs by host Eulis Cathey.

    We hope you enjoy our Jazz Appreication Month festival of student ensembles!

    La Guardia High School Senior Jazz Band Members


    Zach HIcks - alto sax, flute
    Alex Morano - alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet
    Jaedon Alvira - tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax
    Malcolm-Jamal Matthews - tenor sax
    Luis Garcia - bari sax, flute


    Adam O'Farrill
    Abigail Stratton
    Jackson Mitchell
    Megan Odell


    Daniel Wenger
    Rex Bennett
    James Arno


    D.J. Passey


    Eli Greenhoe, Nick Saia - guitar
    Adale Jackson, Isaac Sleator - piano
    Damon Korf - bass
    Russell Holzman, Corey Garcia - drums

    La Guardia High School Senior Jazz Band Set List

    "Cotton Club Stomp"

    - Duke Elington feat. Adale Jackson, piano; Adam O'Farrill, trumpet; Luis Garcia, bari sax


    - Gil Evans (transcribed by band member Rex Bennett) - feat. Adale Jackson, piano; Jaedon Alvira, soprano sax; Rex Bennett, bone

    "Sunset & The Mockingbird"

    - Duke Ellington, feat. Adale Jackson, piano; Alex Morano, clar; Zach Hicks, alto sax

    "One Finger Snap"

    - Herbie Hancock, arr. Bob Mintzer feat. Zach Hicks, flute; Nick Saia, guitar; Rex Bennett, bone; Adam O'Farrill, piano; Adale Jackson, piano

    "Mind Troubles"

    - Adam O'Farrill, Wednesday Combo (sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) - Zach Hicks, reeds; Adam O'Farrill, trumpet; Eli Greenhoe, guitar, Isaac Sleator, piano; Damon Korf, bass; Russell Holzman, drums.

    "Black, Brown, & Beautiful"

    - Oliver Nelson feat. Zach Hicks, alto sax

    "It Ain't Necessarily So"

    - arr. Gil Evans, adaptation, Kevin Blancq feat. Eli Greenhoe & Nick Saia, guitars

    "Blues In Frankie's Flat"

    - Frank Foster feat. Malcolm-Jamal Matthews & Jaedon Alvira, tenor sax; Daniel Wenger, bone; Adam O'Farrill, trumpet; Luis Garcia, bari sax

    WBGO JAM Live Broadcasts 2012

    Click to hear the New Jersey City University Art Blakey Combo

    Click to hear the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

    Click to hear the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Quartet

    Click to hear the NYU Wayne Shorter Ensemble

    Click to hear the Berklee Global Jazz Institute

    Click to hear the SUNY Purchase Ornette Coleman Ensemble

    Click to hear the William Paterson Jazz Sextet

    Click to hear the La Guardia High School Senior Jazz Band

    Click to hear the New School Swingers

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