Ensemble: NEC Jazz Orchestra

Conductor: Ken Schaphorst

Artists: James Heazlewood-Dale (Bass), Alexandra Keller (Voice), Patrick Noonan (Saxophone), Yu Wang (Alto Saxophone), Nigel Yancey (Alto Saxophone), Donny McCaslin (Tenor Saxophone), Hunter Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Daniel Sagastume (Baritone Saxophone), Jeffrey Cox (Trumpet), Tree Palmedo (Trumpet), Massimo Paparello (Trumpet), Alex Quinn (Trumpet), Christopher Bassett (Trombone), Tyler Bonilla (Trombone), John Cushing (Trombone), Blake Manternach (Trombone), Inigo Ruiz de Gondejuela (Piano), Max Light (Guitar), Harrison Honor (Percussion), Jerry Leake (Percussion), Julian Loida (Percussion), Eladio Rojas (Drums)

How to Say Goodbye:
Music of Ken Schaphorst & Donny McCaslin

Join New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst (in photo) as he conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a program celebrating his fourth big band recording How to Say Goodbye. Joining Schaphorst is fellow NEC faculty member Donny McCaslin who is also featured on the album. McCaslin has earned wide acclaim for his work on the late David Bowie’s Blackstar as well as his most recent album, dedicated to and inspired by Bowie.

The program includes a wide range of Schaphorst works along with his arrangements of the music of Donny McCaslin plus Skylark by Hoagy Carmichael and Warszawa by David Bowie, a cover of which is featured on McCaslin’s most recent recording Beyond Now. Schaphorst and McCaslin – as well as faculty member Jerry Leake on percussion and students Julian Loida and Harrison Honor on percussion and Alexandra Keller on voice – will perform with members of the NEC Jazz Orchestra.

The concert celebrates Schaphorst’s new recording due out December 2 on JCA Recordings. How To Say Goodbye is a deeply moving and wide-ranging album which pays tribute to some of Schaphorst’s most profound influences. Included are homages written in honor of jazz and education visionaries Bob Brookmeyer and Herb Pomeroy, both of whom went from mentors to NEC colleagues during Schaphorst’s 15-year tenure at the Conservatory. The compositions make up a richly diverse set that draws on influences from Ellington and Gerry Mulligan to African mbira music.

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Program

McCaslin: Fast Future
James Heazlewood-Dale (Bass), Alexandra Keller (Voice), Patrick Noonan (Saxophone), Yu Wang (Alto Saxophone), Nigel Yancey (Alto Saxophone), Donny McCaslin (Tenor Saxophone), Hunter Smith (Tenor Saxophone), Daniel Sagastume (Baritone Saxophone), Jeffrey Cox (Trumpet), Tree Palmedo (Trumpet), Massimo Paparello (Trumpet), Alex Quinn (Trumpet), Christopher Bassett (Trombone), Tyler Bonilla (Trombone), John Cushing (Trombone), Blake Manternach (Trombone), Inigo Ruiz de Gondejuela (Piano), Max Light (Guitar), Harrison Honor (Percussion), Jerry Leake (Percussion), Julian Loida (Percussion), Eladio Rojas (Drums)

Date: December 8, 2016 - 7:30PM

Price: Free

Location: NEC's Jordan Hall

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