Too Marvelous for WordsReasons for a party

Round-number birthdays spell "party" for Frank Sinatra (at 100), Billy Strayhorn (100), Ran Blake (80), Anthony Coleman (60), Fred Hersch (60).

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Upcoming performances

2016-02-16 Contemporary Improvisation Department Concert
2016-02-19 Jason Moran masterclass
2016-02-23 Petite Feet at the Athenaeum
2016-02-24 Iva Bittova masterclass
2016-02-24 Iva Bittova Demonstration
2016-02-25 NEC Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Ken Schaphorst
2016-03-02 Felipe Salles masterclass
2016-03-13 Bob Nieske
2016-03-14 Eden MacAdam-Somer
2016-03-18 Jason Moran masterclass
2016-03-29 Jazz/Wildcard Concert
2016-03-31 In The Mix
2016-04-04 In The Mix
2016-04-05 In The Mix
2016-04-06 In The Mix
2016-04-07 Jazz Composer's Ensemble/Gospel Concert
2016-04-11 Next Generation Concert
2016-04-12 In The Mix
2016-04-13 In The Mix
2016-04-14 Film Noir Concert: Night of the Hunter
2016-04-18 In The Mix
2016-04-19 In The Mix
2016-04-19 Dave Holland Master Class
2016-04-21 Dave Holland Master Class
2016-04-21 Jazz Orchestra Tribute to Kenny Wheeler feat. Dave Holland
2016-04-24 Dominique Eade
2016-04-25 In The Mix
2016-04-26 Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra
2016-04-27 In The Mix
2016-04-28 In The Mix
2016-05-02 In The Mix
2016-05-03 In The Mix
2016-05-04 In The Mix

Past performances

2015-09-08 Contemporary Improvisation Opening Night Concert
2015-09-17 Jamie Baum masterclass
2015-10-15 Too Marvelous for Words: Music of Frank Sinatra
2015-10-23 Liz Tobias: 'Straya
2015-10-29 Fred Hersch
2015-11-04 T.S. Monk on Thelonious Monk
2015-11-12 In The Mix
2015-11-13 Ran Blake's 80th Birthday Concert
2015-11-16 In The Mix
2015-11-17 In The Mix
2015-11-18 Jazz Composer's Ensemble/Gospel Concert
2015-11-19 Gunther Schuller Memorial Concert
2015-11-23 In The Mix
2015-11-30 In The Mix
2015-11-30 Anthony Coleman
2015-12-01 In The Mix 
2015-12-01 Dave Holland Masterclass
2015-12-02 Nir Naaman
2015-12-03 Dave Holland Masterclass
2015-12-03 Music of Dave Holland
2015-12-07 In the Mix
2015-12-08 Contemporary Improvisation Salon Night
2015-12-09 Contemporary Improvisation Salon Night
2015-12-10 Music of Billy Strayhorn
2015-12-14 Contemporary Improvisation Salon Night
2015-12-15 Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra
2015-12-16 In the Mix
2015-12-17 In The Mix
2016-01-25 Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department Concert
2016-01-28 Jason Moran on Andrew Hill
2016-01-28 Music of Andrew Hill
2016-01-29 Ethan Iverson masterclass
2016-02-01 Aaron Goldberg masterclass

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NEC jazz musicians have received many awards and honors, including Grammy Awards, MacArthur Fellowships, the Rome Prize, and being named NEA Jazz Masters.

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