Ensemble: NEC Jazz Orchestra

Conductor: Ken Schaphorst

Artists: John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ), Rakalam Bob Moses (Drums)

NEC alum John Medeski '88 returns to his alma mater to play piano and Hammond B-3 organ with the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a concert featuring his own music alongside works by Duke Ellington, Rakalam Bob Moses, and Ken Schaphorst. Medeski is best known as a member of Medeski Martin & Wood, a group with deep roots at NEC, where Medeski connected with fellow NEC student, Chris Wood, and was introduced to Billy Martin through NEC faculty member Bob Moses.

The concert will feature new arrangements of three of Medeski’s compositions–“Otis,” “Querencia” and “Where’s Sly?”–as well as two Ellington compositions that Medeski has recorded, “Blues for New Orleans” and “Chinoiserie.” These are the opening tracks from two late Ellington suites. "New Orleans Suite" (1970), commissioned by George Wein for the New Orleans Jazz Festival, also became a Grammy-winning recording. "The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse" (1971) was one of Ellington's last large-scale works.

Ken Schaphorst will direct the NEC Jazz Orchestra in the performance of two of his new pieces, “Two Street” and “Smoke,” both featuring Medeski on the Hammond organ.

NEC faculty member Rakalam Bob Moses will join Medeski and the ensemble on his composition “African Violet,” written for the 2000 recording "Nishoma" that was created as a tribute to his late mother.

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John Medeski's website

John Medeski's appearance at NEC kicks off a string of New England dates (with his DRKWAV band), including a show at the Regattabar in Cambridge the following night.

Ken Schaphorst's NEC faculty biography

Rakalam Bob Moses's NEC faculty biography

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Ellington: The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Schaphorst: Smoke
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Ellington: New Orleans Suite
Blues for New Orleans
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Schaphorst: Two Street
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Moses: African Violet
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ), Rakalam Bob Moses (Drums)

Medeski: Improvisation
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Medeski: Where's Sly?
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Medeski: Otis
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Medeski: Querencia
John Medeski (Hammond B-3 Organ)

Date: February 26, 2015 - 8:00PM

Price: Free

Location: NEC's Jordan Hall

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