The Globe highlights Tyshawn Sorey's Contemporary Improvisation residency Oct 1 – 3 and an Oct 18 concert honoring alumnus Cecil Taylor, part of NEC's Jazz50 celebration.
The Boston Globe's Jon Garelick previewed “15 riveting shows for jazz fans this fall,’‘ including two October events in NEC's Jordan Hall:
TYSHAWN SOREY The 39-year-old composer, multi-instrumentalist, and MacArthur “genius” Fellow Tyshawn Sorey offers this multi-faceted free concert as part of his New England Conservatory residency. The pieces will include an orchestral tribute to two avant-garde jazz heroes, “For Bill Dixon and A. Spencer Barefield,” the piano piece “Movement,” Sorey’s “noise project” LOUD, featuring NEC faculty member Joe Morris, and a duo performance with NEC faculty member Anthony Coleman and excerpts from a Yiddish Theatre project featuring Sorey’s arrangements and orchestrations.
JAZZ ADVANCE: THE LEGACY OF CECIL TAYLOR In the late ’50s and early ’60s, the visionary pianist and composer Cecil Taylor, a New England Conservatory graduate, overturned existing conceptions of what constituted jazz, and he never looked back. For this show, NEC faculty and alumni pay tribute to Taylor with solo piano performances by Ran Blake, Bruce Brubaker, Ethan Iverson, Matthew Shipp, and Dan Tepfer; an ensemble performance of “Rain” (written by former Taylor bandmate — and NEC prof — Steve Lacy); as well as an ensemble led by NEC faculty member Joe Morris.