Preparatory School | Jazz

Used for Jazz studio faculty, ensemble directors, classroom studies faculty. To be resolved: nomenclature issues with "Improvisation" classes for Classical studio participants, vs. "Contemporary Improvisation," which is informally offered through Jazz department.

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Greg Ryan
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New York City native Gregory Ryan has established himself as an in-demand sideman on both acoustic and electric bass. His big supportive sound, swinging style, and complete understanding of harmony...

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NEC Prep's Youth Jazz Orchestra and NEC's Jazz Orchestra join each other onstage in this "Battle of the Bands" performance.

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Jeffrey Leonard is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music and holds his Masters in Music Education from Boston University. Jeff is the Coordinator of Performing Arts for the...

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Nominations recognize work by NEC musicians across many categories, including rock, jazz, folk, and classical.
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Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a side man all over the world. In 2002 he competed as a semi- finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington DC, and...

Austin McMahon
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Austin McMahon is “one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Boston.” Sought out for his versatility, he actively performs in an array of jazz and world music ensembles ranging from trio to chamber...

Peter Kenagy
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Peter Kenagy is a jazz trumpet artist, composer and bandleader, and scholar. His music has been called elegant and adventurous, both modern and rooted in tradition, with a sound all its own.

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