Artists: Jon Elbaz (Piano), Kyumin Shim (Piano), Evan Allen (Piano), Isaac Wilson (Piano), Travis Bliss (Tenor Saxophone), Shane Simpson (Piano), Jacob Drab (Guitar), Wes Troeger (Double Bass), Russell Holzman (Drums), Youngjoo Lee (Vocals), Corinne Cahill (Vocals), Chloe Brisson (Vocals), Robbie Pate (Vocals), Sarah Hughes (Alto Saxophone), David Adewumi (Trumpet), Mariel Austin (Trombone), Chris McCarthy (Piano), Steve Bilodeau (Electronics, Guitar), Joseph Copeland (Vocals), Dan Raney (Electric Bass), Ryan Sands (Drums), Chris McCarthy (Korg SV-1), Jason Moran (Piano), Chris McCarthy (Korg SV-1, Piano)

As the culmination of one of his regular teaching residencies, NEC faculty member Jason Moran presents a performance of the music of Fats Waller.

Moran will lead NEC students in the reimagining of Waller's music, including material drawn from Moran’s acclaimed 2014 Blue Note release, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. This collaboration with composer/improviser/bassist/vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party, and was produced by Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was.

Each of the three sets in tonight's concert takes a different approach to the world of Fats Waller, starting with a series of solo pianists. We then hear vocalists fronting a quintet with their own arrangements of songs associated with or written by Fats Waller. The final set offers a condensed version of Moran's "All Rise" suite.

“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur,” says Moran. “It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC. It has always amazed me that a pianist whose playing was so deep could sing and keep a running commentary of what was going on around him all at the same time.”

All Rise features Moran hosting a changeable cast of musicians that includes vocals by Ndegeocello and Lisa E. Harris; Moran's longtime trio, The Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits; and a funky horn-inflected ensemble anchored by drummer Charles Haynes that features trumpeter Leron Thomas and NEC alum trombonist Josh Roseman '89, as well as guest saxophonist Steve Lehman. The album was recorded and mixed by Bob Power, known for honing the sound on classic hip hop records by A Tribe Called Quest, Common, and The Roots.

All Rise is the studio culmination of a project that was born onstage in Harlem as the Fats Waller Dance Party. In 2011—nearly a year after Moran had been named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “genius” fellow and around the time he was named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC—the NYC performing arts venue Harlem Stage Gatehouse commissioned Moran, a longtime resident of Upper Manhattan, to create a tribute to the Harlem stride master as part of its “Harlem Jazz Shrines” series.

Jason Moran's NEC faculty biography

As part of this project, Jason Moran is giving a masterclass earlier today that is open to the public.

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Program

Layton: After You've Gone
Kyumin Shim (Piano)

Waller: I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
Travis Bliss (Tenor Saxophone), Shane Simpson (Piano), Jacob Drab (Guitar), Wes Troeger (Double Bass), Russell Holzman (Drums), Youngjoo Lee (Vocals)

Waller: Our Love Was Meant to Be
Travis Bliss (Tenor Saxophone), Shane Simpson (Piano), Jacob Drab (Guitar), Wes Troeger (Double Bass), Corinne Cahill (Vocals), Russell Holzman (Drums)

Carmichael: Two Sleepy People
Shane Simpson (Piano), Jacob Drab (Guitar), Wes Troeger (Double Bass), Chloe Brisson (Vocals), Russell Holzman (Drums)

Waller: This Joint Is Jumpin'
Travis Bliss (Tenor Saxophone), Shane Simpson (Piano), Jacob Drab (Guitar), Wes Troeger (Double Bass), Chloe Brisson (Vocals), Corinne Cahill (Vocals), Russell Holzman (Drums), Youngjoo Lee (Vocals), Robbie Pate (Vocals)

Waller: Honeysuckle Rose
Sarah Hughes (Alto Saxophone), David Adewumi (Trumpet), Mariel Austin (Trombone), Chris McCarthy (Piano), Steve Bilodeau (Electronics, Guitar), Joseph Copeland (Vocals), Dan Raney (Electric Bass), Ryan Sands (Drums)

Waller: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
Sarah Hughes (Alto Saxophone), David Adewumi (Trumpet), Mariel Austin (Trombone), Steve Bilodeau (Electronics, Guitar), Joseph Copeland (Vocals), Chris McCarthy (Korg SV-1), Dan Raney (Electric Bass), Ryan Sands (Drums)

Waller: Ain't Misbehavin'
Sarah Hughes (Alto Saxophone), David Adewumi (Trumpet), Mariel Austin (Trombone), Jason Moran (Piano), Steve Bilodeau (Electronics, Guitar), Joseph Copeland (Vocals), Chris McCarthy (Korg SV-1, Piano), Dan Raney (Electric Bass), Ryan Sands (Drums)

Date: February 12, 2015 - 8:00PM

Price: Free

Location: Brown Hall

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I REMAIN TRUE TO MY STARTING PRINCIPLE. TO WRITE SOLELY AS I MYSELF THINK BEST. FELIX MENDELSSOHN