Juilliard Jazz Presents "The Extended Works of Wynton Marsalis"

Juilliard Jazz presents "The Extended Works of Wynton Marsalis" featuring Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in the music of Juilliard Jazz Director and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 7:30pm in Paul Hall. Faculty member Andy Farber is the coach for the concert; the ensemble coaches are Elio Villafranca and Bruce Williams.

Mr. Villafranca's ensemble features Christopher Bittner (tenor saxophone), Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophone), David Adewumi (trumpet), Kalia Vandever (trombone), Isaiah Thompson (piano), Dan Chmielinski (bass), and Charles Goold (drums). The ensemble will perform Marsalis's Blue Interlude (The Bittersweet Saga of Sugar Cane and Sweetie Pie).

Mr. Williams's ensemble features Julian Lee (tenor saxophone), Noah Halpern (trumpet), Jonah Moss (trumpet), William Hawley (trombone), Joseph Bell (guitar), Julius Rodriguez (piano), Sebastian Rios (bass), and Kyle Benford (drums). The ensemble will perform selections from Wynton Marsalis's In This House, On This Morning: In the Sweet Embrace of Life Sermon: Son; In the Sweet Embrace of Life Sermon: Holy Ghost; Invitation; Recessional; Benediction; Uptempo Posthude; and Pot Blessed Dinner.

Tickets for Juilliard Jazz Ensemble concerts are $20 and available Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students may purchase tickets for $10.

About Andy Farber

Andy Farber is an award winning jazz composer, arranger, and saxophonist. Since 1994, he has been part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's stable of writers and performers and as such toured with the JALC Orchestra, written original compositions and arrangements, and been a guest artistic director. His arrangements have been performed by Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Ann Hampton Callaway, Frankie Laine, Allan Harris, Cynthia Scott, Billy Stritch, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Joe Piscopo, Joe Cocker, George Benson, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Judd, Fantasia, Ernestine Anderson, Vanessa Williams, Roseanna Vitro, and Catherine Russell. His arrangements have also been performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Philly Pops Orchestra, the Boca Pops Orchestra, and several European symphony orchestras. Mr. Farber has been a guest conductor for JALC, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. His work as an arranger, conductor, and instrumentalist can be heard on numerous recordings. He has been teaching jazz composition and arranging at Juilliard and is the music director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. As a leader, Andy Farber and his 17-piece big band (Andy Farber and his Orchestra) enjoyed a two-year residency at Birdland in NYC, and they continue to perform and record. Mr. Farber also composes music for TV and film.

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz, under the leadership of Juilliard alumni Wynton Marsalis, director, and Aaron Flagg, chair and associate director, offers bachelor's and master's degrees as well as artist diplomas. The curriculum combines classroom, private studio, and performance ensemble courses with substantial interactions with jazz masters and multiple off-campus performance opportunities. The department's programming reflects the jazz continuum and its American vernacular roots as well as the social and cultural vitality of the music.

The 2016-17 season features the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in five concerts; Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in nine concerts; and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, comprised of Juilliard Jazz's most advanced musicians, in two concerts. Guest conductors and coaches this season include Bill Charlap, alumnus Etienne Charles,

Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Eric Reed, Frank Vignola, Dr. Michael White, and faculty members Marsalis, James Burton III, Andy Farber, and Carlos Henriquez. The concerts feature music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Woody Herman, The Hot Club de France, Oliver Nelson, and others.

Juilliard Jazz ensembles play more than 50 on- and off-campus performances annually, including international tours as well as performances at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note. This season marks a new collaboration with the Zinc Bar, located in Greenwich Village, and includes a piano master class series with pianists Eric Reed and Kenny Barron. International exchanges are an important part of the Juilliard Jazz program. This season the school is also hosting a student ensemble from the Torino Conservatory in Italy; Juilliard Jazz's Artist Diploma Ensemble performed in Brazil; a student ensemble from the Tom Jobim Youth Orchestra in São Paulo performed at Juilliard; and the James Morrison Academy in Mt. Gambier, Australia, and Juilliard Jazz will do a student exchange.

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