For Jazz Appreciation Month, hear another round of music by student ensembles from New York and beyond
Julliard Jazz Octet, "But Not For Me"
Juillard Jazz Orchestra, "It's Always You"
Juilliard Jazz is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the legendary music school has had a busy semester rehearsing and celebrating with performances by its range of ensembles. For this final week of WBGO's Jazz Appreciation Month on-air celebration, we are featuring recent live performances by both the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the Julliard Jazz Octet.
The Octet this semester consists of Summer Camargo, trumpet; Coby Petricone-Berg, alto saxophone; Daniel Cohen, tenor saxophone; Sarah Hanahan, baritone saxophone; Tyler Bullock, piano; Jayla Chee, bass; and Matthew Lee, drums. Esteban Castro, a piano studies major, arranged their version of George Gershwin's "But Not For Me." As for the Orchestra, they perform the Jimmy Van Husen/Johnny Burke standard "It's Always You," in an arrangement by masters student Ilya Osachuk, featuring vocalist Shabnam Abedi (MM'22), with Andy Farber conducting.
CCNY Jazz Ensemble, "Wave"
The CCNY Jazz Ensemble — under the direction of Steve Wilson, who serves as Director of Jazz Studies, and Suzanne Pittson, Associate Director — recently hit the school's recording studio with Paul Special, Professor of Sonic Arts Engineering. He produced a session featuring the CCNY Jazz Ensemble, which consists of two graduate students (Andrew Pereira, alto saxophone and Paul Janoschka, piano), and two undergrads (Dani Johnson, bass and Whanho Oh, drums) in an arrangement of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave."
Purchase Jazz Orchestra, "Tune in D"
Logan Maxwell is a composer, bandleader, bassist, and arranger finishing his senior year at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Having performed throughout the Westchester and New York areas, as well as near his hometown on Long Island, he is making his name known on the local jazz scene. He is a fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago, and his debut album, Starting Point, was released last April. Additionally, he is beginning to enter the world of the big band. His senior recital will feature the Purchase Jazz Orchestra performing his own arrangements and compositions. This selection, "Tune in D ," features Josh Carter and Alex Smith on tenor saxophones, Lee Altsher-Wood on baritone saxophone, Harry Graser on piano, Simon Ribas on drums, and Ash McMillan and Sacha Meytin, engineers.
Manhattan School of Music Jazz Student Composer's Big Band, "Three Women"
Manhattan School of Music was one of the first conservatories in the United States to acknowledge the importance of jazz as an art form by establishing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in jazz. In addition to a variety of small combos, student ensembles include the LatinX Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and the Jazz Philharmonic. The program is under the leadership of Interim Associate Dean and Director of Jazz Arts and jazz trumpet faculty member Ingrid Jensen. This semester trumpeter/composer Matt Holman conducted the Jazz Student Composer's Big Band performance at MSM's Neidorff-Karpati Hall consisted of sets of both original student compositions and their arrangements of selected pieces. Our featured selection is the 23-piece Big Band on the Jaco Pastorius composition of "Three Women".
Emanuela Maglione and the A Quintet, "No Good Time Fairies"
Siena Jazz University takes over the atmosphere and energy of the small Tuscan town of Siena. Students from around the world come to study at the National Academy of Jazz, led by founder and director Franco Caroni. Pianist and composer Greg Burk currently coordinates the Masters Program, and the faculty consists of veteran jazz performers and educators from around the world, including trombonist Joseph Bowie. WBGO has been featuring several ensembles from the school throughout Jazz Appreciation Month. This week it's a quintet led by vocal student Emanuela Maglione on an arrangement of Steve Coleman's "No Good Time Fairies." The ensemble consists of Valerio Apuzzo, trumpet; Emanuele Fioretti, piano; Federico Campanello, bass; and Federico Balestra, drums.