Juilliard Jazz Presents "The Music of Oliver Nelson"

Juilliard Jazz presents "The Music of Oliver Nelson" with guest conductor, trumpeter and Juilliard Jazz alumnus Etienne Charles, and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 7:30pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Etienne Charles, a native of Trinidad, is associate professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University. He returns to his alma mater to conduct the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in the music of Oliver Nelson. Nelson moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s to compose and arrange music for television and film and worked with Quincy Jones, among others.

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra members are Immanuel Wilkins, Zoe Obadia, Evan Atwell-Harris, Chris Bittner, and Dean Tsur (saxophones); Anthony Hervey, Noah Halpern, David Adewumi, and JQ Whitcomb (trumpets); Jeffery Miller, Kalia Vandever, Sam Chess, and Nick Lee (trombones); Gabe Schnider (guitar); Andrea Domenici (piano); Endea Owens (bass); and Jared Silverstein (drums).

The set list includes Domination (comp. by Cannonball Adderley; arr. by Oliver Nelson; transcr. by Etienne Charles) Cyclops (comp. by Nat Adderley; arr. by Oliver Nelson), Down by the Riverside (arr. by Oliver Nelson), Emancipation Blues (comp. by Oliver Nelson), Miss Fine (comp. by Oliver Nelson), Stolen Moments (arr. by Oliver Nelson), Step Right Up (comp. by Oliver Nelson), Black, Brown and Beautiful (comp. and arr. by Oliver Nelson), and Blues and the Abstract Truth (comp. by Oliver Nelson).

Tickets for Juilliard Jazz Orchestra concerts are $30 and are available at Tickets are free for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students may purchase tickets for $15.

About Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles is the associate professor of jazz trumpet at Michigan State University. In 2012, he was written into the U.S. Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and the world. Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, he brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table. Crucially, as a soloist, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition, which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger, and what famed Crescent City pianist Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, "The Spanish Tinge." He has performed and or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder, and many others. His recordings include Creole Soul (Culture Shock Music, 2013) and Kaiso (Culture Shock Music, 2011). He holds a master's degree from Juilliard and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University. (

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz, under the leadership of Juilliard alums 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 Dave Douglas, Vince Giordano, Sherman Irby, Eric Reed, Frank Vignola, Dr. Michael White, and faculty members James Burton III, Andy Farber, Carlos Henriquez, and Dan Nimmer. The concerts feature the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, The Hot Club de France, Oliver Nelson, Marsalis, and others.

Juilliard Jazz ensembles play more than 50 on- and off-campus performances annually, including international tours and 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 a piano master class series with pianist Eric Reed, who will focus on accompanying the jazz singer, and pianist and artist-in-residence Kenny Barron, who will focus on solo and trio playing. International exchanges are an important part of the Juilliard Jazz program. This season the school hosts a student ensemble from the Torino Conservatory in Italy; Juilliard Jazz's Artist Diploma Ensemble performs 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 and will do a student exchange.

Program Listing:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7:30pm, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

"The Music of Oliver Nelson"

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

Etienne Charles, guest conductor

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