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

Mbira 1
Blues Almighty
Mbira 2
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

Kai Sandoval
Aaron Bahr
David Adewumi
Jeffrey Cox

Dan Gabel
Michael Prentky
Blake Manternach
Joe Ricard

Rhythm Section
Nikolaos Anadolis, piano
Xiongguan Zhang, guitar
Daniel Raney, bass
Carl Pillot, drums

Date: December 12, 2013 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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