Premier of “Now Is Infinite” by Jason Jackson tonight at The Bitter End, NYC

Tonight I will be performing and premiering my composition “Now Is Infinite,” written for the CompCord Big Band at the Bitter End in NYC.  There will be 15 other new works on the program as well.
Details:
– CompCord Big Band –  
Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 7pm   
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street, NYC 10012
As Duke Ellington said, “Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.” On March 28th at 7pm at The Bitter End, CompCord Big Band runs amok on a program featuring over a dozen perilous premieres. Adhering to the original Big Band concept of brief arrangements presented in quick tandem, while expanding the repertory with all new compositions for the 21st Century, CompCord Big Band features many iconic instrumentalists, as well as up-and-coming stars: Gerson Galante, Michiyo Suzuki, Daniel Schnyder, Scott Hoefling, Stefan Zeniuk – saxophones; Franz Hackl, Jonathan Finlayson, Peter Oswald, Jack Walrath – trumpets; John Clark – horn; Mike Seltzer, Jason Jackson – trombones; David Taylor – bass trombone; Carlton Holmes – piano; Laurence Goldman – bass; Joe Abba – drums; with Melanie Mitrano – voice; Sebastian Pritsker – voice; Bian Suzuki-Wolf – clarinet; and Gene Pritsker – conductor. Compositions by Aaron Alter, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Gerson Galante, Franz Hackl, Carlton Holmes, Peter Melnick, Melanie Mitrano, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Gene Pritsker, Sebastian Pritsker, Zinovy Pritsker, Daniel Schnyder, Dave Soldier, David Taylor, and Stefan Zeniuk.
Staying in rotation for 34 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Debra Kaye. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
“An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance”  -The Brooklyn Rail. “For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.”  -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. “The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” -Classical-Modern Music Review. “Edgy… boisterous… demanding our attention” -San Diego Story. “These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques.” -Asbury Park Press. “There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music.”   -JazzdaGama. 
DIRECTIONS: 
The Bitter End
is located at 147 Bleecker St.
between 28th and 29th Streets.
By Subway: 6 train to Bleecker St OR A,B,C,D,E,F,Q trains to West 4th St OR 1/9 train to Christopher St / Sheridan Square

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC

Our weekly show at the Vanguard tonight. Sets at 8:30 and 10:30. More info at www.vanguardjazzorchestra.com

Playing with the legendary Earl Gardner from the Saturday Nigt Live Band today at “A Bronx Tale” today!

Jason Jackson, and Earl Gardner At A Bronx Tale in NYC

All weekend I get to play with the legendary Earl Gardner at A Bronx Tale on Broadway in NYC. I also  get to dust off the tuba and play some sweet baselines in the book.

 

Nat King Cole tribute with Micheal Feinstein last night at Lincoln Center

Jason Jackson performing with Michael Feinstein for a Nat King Cole Tribute

I performed last night with Michael Feinstein and the American Song Book Big Band conducted by Tedd Firth for a tribute to Nat King Cole at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room.  Great concert!!i

Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm. 

Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange NJ with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Seaton Hall Jazz Faculty: Steve and Carol Hamersma
Seaton Hall Jazz Faculty: Steve and Carol Hamersma

Another successful subbing experience at “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway in NYC

There are strict rules governing when a substitute musician is allowed to play on with a Broadway orchestra.  One of the rules is that in a given section, if there is a 1st time sub, all the other musicians in that section must be  a regular member OR a substitute that has been designated “as good as the regular player.”

Usually a person is not designated until they have played the show quite a number of times. In my case, I’ve played the show three times and tonight I was playing in the section with a first time lead trumpet player.

Although playing with a 1st time lead trumpeter can be nerve wrecking, I took it as a compliment to my playing.  All went very well.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones

 

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join our weekly gig at the Village Vanguard.
We will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30

Age limit: All ages

Excited about my performance tonight with the CompCord Big Band at The Cutting Room in NYC. Great new works by renown Composers to be premiered by an all star ensemble. 

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Composers Concordance

Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper – Directors
Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Melissa Grey, Svjetlana Bukvich – Associate Directors

– CompCord Big Band –

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street, NYC

Featuring: Vesselin Gellev – violin, Melanie Mitrano – voice, Gerson Galante – clarinet, Sebastian Pritsker – voice, & Charles Coleman – conductor.

CompCord Big Band: Livio Almeida, Gerson Galante – alto saxophones;
Andrew Gould, Jay Rodriguez – tenor saxophones; Mercedes Beckman – baritone saxophone; Franz Hackl, Wayne J Du Maine, Peter Oswald, Jonathan Finlayson – trumpets;
John Clark – horn; Jason Jackson, Mike Seltzer – tenor trombones; David Taylor – bass trombone; Gene Pritsker – guitar; Carlton Holmes – piano; Laurence Goldman – bass; & Joe Abbatantuono – drumset.

Program
1.) Groove From The Louvre – John Clark
2.) ADDIYO * – Alon Nechushtan
3.) Vav Hey Vav – Dan Cooper
4.) Three Paintings ‘Bout New York by Kostabi * – Gene Pritsker 5.) Waltz Heteroclite – David Taylor
6.) Forgotten Peoples – Anthony Branker
7.) Meu Adorado * – Melanie Mitrano / Gerson Galante

8.) Resist * – Joseph Martin Waters
9.) CLIMATE (a nasty woman’s guide to surviving the apocalypse) * – Marie Incontrera 10.) 139th Street – Kinan Azmeh
11.) New York, New York * – John Kander / Lyrics: Fred Ebb / Arrangement: Gene Pritsker

(* denotes a premiere)

Last night I played with the Grammy Award Winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the 50th Elmhurst College Jazz Festival near Chicago.  The audience gave us a standing ovation. 

The picture shows me sitting next to Scott Wendholt (Trumpet,) and Chris Byars (Sax,) packed in a passenger van leaving the hotel on our way to the 50th Elmhurst College Jazz Festival with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The band was in rare form last night.  The students and teachers gave us a rousing ovation after our set.

Happy to be playing my steady gig with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC

I’m standing next to the lead player with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Nick Marchione. One of the best lead trumpet players around.

Live jazz, food and sake

Live jazz, food and sake …
“We Get Together” hosted by Inspiration Bridge
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A gala evening with amidst soulful Jazz music led by Grammy nominated producer, composer and pianist Migiwa Miyajima, premium sake by Sake Master, Kinoshita Kazuhiro and sumptuous food by much celebrated city chef Daniel Chavez Bello!!
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-Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
-Time: 6:30pm Door Open / 7:00pm Start
-Venue: Church of Holy Apostles (296 Ninth Avenue)

TICKETS http://bit.ly/2hEarrD

Early Bird (till 26 Dec) $63.99- with a complimentary sake cup by Rokkaku Ceramic Studio
General Admission $74.49-
Student $53.49-

JAZZ – Big Band Jazz led by Japanese composer, Migiwa Miyajima, and a multinational group of musicians
FOOD – Appetizers paired with Sake, created by Chef Daniel Chavez Bello, Chef de Cuisine from Bouley Restaurant
SAKE – Four types of premium Japanese Sake selected by Sake Master, Kazuhiro Kinoshita, from the Japan Sake Fest.

Miggy+ Jazz Orchestra
Migiwa Miyajima (Composer, Piano)
Saxophones: Ben Kono, Alejandro Aviles, Sam Dillon, Quinsin Nachoff, Carl Maraghi
Trombones: Jason Jackson, Alan Ferber, James Burton, Jennifer Wharton
Trumpets: Dan Urness, David Smith, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis
Rhythm section: Jared Schonig (drums), Noriko Ueda (bass), Pete McCann (Guitar)

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Join us our first fundraising event and make new friends! !
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Inspiration Bridge’s mission is to promote cultural diversity and support international patients or patients who travel far from another states to get treatments in NYC. Through our event, “We Get Together”, we will provide an opportunity for people to experience something new and different. There will be the chance to meet people from different regions, experience different cultures, and broaden horizons. At our event in the center of New York, the city of diversity, you can enjoy the entertainment from different cultures and regions.

Dress code: Casual

Our generous sponsors:
-Cuculi  http://cuculi.com/
-Beethoven PIanos http://www.beethovenpianos.com/
-Rokkaku Cermic Studio  http://ritsukomoore.com/Ritsuko_Moore/Ristuko_Moore_-_Home.html

Inquiry about the event :
Event Director, Naomi Oshiro (noshiro@inspirationbridgecharity.org)

Inspiration Bridge, Inc. is a public charity and an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to organize supporting group for those patients as well as to support our continued cultural activities.

A Teaser Video for our show “The Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan”

Broadway vocalist Rosena M. Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) and her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band), pay tribute to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan.
With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Don Braden, bassist David Wong, drummer Neal Smith, and trumpeter Greg Gisbert the couple together known as “JACK&HILL MUSIC” present a unique musical experience of Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Cabaret, Standards, American Songbook, Spirituals, Latin, and original arrangements into their performances, telling the story of Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded.
Certified jazz royalty, the late, legendary Vaughan (b. 1924 in Newark, NJ) was nicknamed “The Divine One.” Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.”
The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan keeps her musical legacy alive and introduces new generations to Vaughan’s take on clasiic tunes.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Preforming at my regular Monday show with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in NYC. 

Director / John Mosca

Orchestra Manager / Douglas Purviance

Artistic Director / Dick Oatts

Composer in Residence/ Jim McNeely

Project Director / Thomas Bellino

Associate Producer / Migiwa Miyajima

TRUMPETS/FLUGELHORNS

Nick Marchione (lead)

Tanya Darby

Terell Stafford

Scott Wendholt

TROMBONES

John Mosca (lead)

Luis Bonilla

Jason Jackson

Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

WOODWINDS

Dick Oatts (lead alto and soprano saxophones, flute)

Billy Drewes (alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet)

Rich Perry (tenor saxophone, flute)

Ralph LaLama (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)

Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)

RHYTHM SECTION

Jim McNeely (piano)

John Riley (drums)

David Wong (bass)