Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz at NEC: Early Jazz, Open Form, & Survivors Breakfast Ensembles

NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room | Directions

255 St. Botolph St.
Boston, MA
United States

Performances by small jazz and contemporary improvisation ensembles coached by NEC's exceptional faculty. This evening's concerts are performed live and streamed in real time from the Eben Jordan Ensemble Room.

This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.

THREE sets: 7:00, 8:15, & 9:30 PM

Watch Livestream from Eben Jordan Ensemble Room:

  1. 7:00 PM | Early Jazz Ensemble

    This ensemble explores the period of 1923-1935, beginning with the Oliver Creole Jazz Band, ending with the first recordings of Count Basie with Lester Young. Students learn to hear the nuances of the rhythm section, despite the limitations of early recordings and additionally, analyze elements of pitch, scale, timbre, rhythm and phrase.

    Heather Milberger, vocals
    Simone Trovato, trumpet
    Aaron Kaufman-Levine, alto saxophone
    Sam Margolis, trombone
    Jahnvi Madan, clarinet
    Talia Rubenstein, guitar
    George Behrakis, piano
    Mark Abramovski, double bass
    Kabir Adhiya-Kumar, drums

  2. 8:15 PM | Open Form Ensemble

    This ensemble focuses on ensemble game pieces, such as John Zorn’s Hockey and works by Christian Wolff, and other experimental scores.

    Nikita Manin, clarinet
    Caleb Schmale, saxophone
    Marie Carroll, koto
    Julian Seney, viola
    Emmett Mathison, piano, keyboard
    Caleb Duval, double bass

  3. 9:30 PM | Survivors Breakfast

    This ensemble explores the wonderful and terrifying space between Composition and Improvisation, including original compositions by ensemble members and its director along with pieces by such diverse masters as John Zorn, Christian Wolff and Karlheinz Stockhausen.


    Delfina Cheb Terrab, voice
    Lyra Montoya, flute, sax
    Yoona Kim, ajaeng
    Francesca Terberg, cello
    Rihards Kolmanis, guitar
    Olivia Wilkins-Becker, guitar, comp
    Henry Wilson, percussion
    Ari Chais, piano
    Brooks Clarke, double bass
    Hannah Dunton, double bass
    James Nadien, drums