photo by Andrew Hurlbut
"Schaphorst's writing and arranging, like that of Duke Ellington, is for individual musicians."
—Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
Ken Schaphorst, New England Conservatory's chair of jazz studies, leads the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a program of his original music and arrangements. Led by Schaphorst since 2001, this group was named Best College Big Band in the 2004 DownBeat Student Music Awards.
The program will include music from Schaphorst’s 1999 Naxos Recordings release Purple, along with several newer pieces, including two compositions influenced by the mbira repertoire of Zimbabwe. Nedelka Prescod will join the band to sing Schaphorst’s arrangement of Charles Mingus’s “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” with the lyrics Joni Mitchell created for her Mingus album. Donny McCaslin is represented by Schaphorst’s new arrangement of his “Stadium Jazz” and by a featured solo on Schaphorst’s “Blues for Herb,” written for legendary Boston trumpeter/educator, Herb Pomeroy.
works by Ken Schaphorst
Blues for Herb with Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone
works arranged by Ken Schaphorst
Mingus/Mitchell Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Nedelka Prescod, vocals
McCaslin Stadium Jazz with Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone
NEC Jazz Orchestra
Richard Garcia, alto saxophone, flute
Lihi Haruvi, alto and soprano saxophones
Wyatt Palmer, tenor saxophone
Jacob Sieckman, tenor saxophone
Austin Yancey, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Nikolaos Anadolis, piano
Xiongguan Zhang, guitar
Daniel Raney, bass
Carl Pillot, drums
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