Jason Jackson Music Updates

Since my last post I have been busy with concerts and teaching.  Here is a  rundown of my latest and future projects.

Riverdale Country School Music Building
Riverdale Country School Music Building

This is my second year at Riverdale County School.  Teaching enriches my playing and satisfies my urge to pass along knowledge to the next generation.  The faculty/staff at RCC is top notch.

 

BirdlandBigBand
Birdland Big Band

It has been years since I last played with the Birdland Big Band. What a welcome experience it was to join them again recently.  The band has evolved over the years.  The trombone section was out of sight with Sarah Jacovino on Lead, Ron Wilkins, and James Browski on bass trombone.  I hope to be back there again soon.

 

Since the closure of Carousel, I am back to “subbing” on various musicals.  I was back to one of the most enjoyable shows that I sub at, The Lion king.  

Migiway Miyajima Colorful CD
Migiway Miyajima Colorful CD Cover

I played at Birdland for the CD release of Migiwa Miyagima’s Augmented Orchestra.  We recorded the CD last year and I am excited for its release.  She packed the house at Birdland and the music sounded fantastic.  My mom came out to this one so it was special for me.  She lives on the “Left Coast,” so I don’t get to see her everyday.

 

 

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Quiet Pride cover 2014

Rufus Reid’s “Quiet Pride” project took me to Iowa City, IA.  The music was challenging and the band delivered an exciting performance.  I was impressed with he playing of Ryan Keberly and Michael Dease.  Monster players and monster band.

 

 

 

Ron Carter Great Big Band CD Cover
Ron Carter Great Big Band CD Cover

Ron Carters Great Big Band performed at Birdland as well.  Mr. Carter takes you on a ride when you are playing with him.  He will do something you don’t expect.  That is why I love playing in his band.  What an honor!!

 

 

 

We had a wonderful concert with the John Eckert New York 9 Nonet at St Peters Church, Manhattan, NY.  This is where I have been focus some of my writing lately.  This band regularly plays my compositions and arrangements.  We have been together for several years and the band is really developing a strong personal sound.

Next week I am busy with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.   First I am taking over the Lead Trombone Position in the band moving forward.  Second, we are beginning the New School Residency with an Open Rehearsal on October 29th from 4-6pm, at 55 west 13th St (2nd Floor).  The band will be rehearsing various charts from the book, as well as instituting an emerging composer series.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Third, after the open rehearsal, we pack up and head over to the Village Vanguard for our regular set this Monday, October 29th. Sets are at 8:30PM and 10:30PM.  Finally on Saturday, November 3rd, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Brings Big-Band Swing to Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Avenue, Appleton Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Next month I will be recording with the NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath as he puts together another big band album, subbing at the Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular, and eating lots of “healthy” food for the Holidays.

Happy Halloween!!!

pumpkin
pumpkin

 

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Monday nights at the Village Vanguard

Tonight I am performing with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York City.  Sets are at 8:30pm and 10:30pm.

Queens Jazz Orchestra – 10th Anniversary! Honoring Dr. Jimmy Heath

Since 2008, Flushing Town Hall’s QueensJazz Orchestra, under the direction of NEA Jazz Master Dr. Jimmy Heath, has performed to thousands of jazz lovers, honoring music made popular by jazz icons who called Queens their home, featuring established jazz heroes and the next generation of greats.

This special 10th anniversary celebration on Friday, June 29 at Flushing Town Hall will honor Jimmy Heath and his life’s journey through jazz. Tickets and more at http://bit.ly/QJO2018 follow link  

Jason Jackson at Smalls Jazz Club with the New York Jazz Nine

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Jason Jackson performing his original compositions and arrangements with the New York Jazz Nine nonet at Smalls Jazz Club.

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At the Blue note this week with the Grammy winning Artist Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie alumni all-star big band

Join us this week, July 18-23 at the Blue Note jazz club in New York City.  Paquito D’Rivera leads an all-star big band of Dizzy Gillespie alumni and world-class jazz artists. We will be for performing some of Dizzy Gillespie’s most famous works as well as samba Jazz and Cuban jazz for your enjoyment.

Joining us for the set will be the Grammy nominated artist Roberta Gambarini singing some beautiful selections from the Dizzy Gillespie repertoire.

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.

 

Great night at the Vanguard last night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tonight I’m at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. 

Jason and Tatum at beautiful the Carole King musical
Jason Jackson, and Tatum Greenblatt (new trumpeter at “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Great night at the Vanguard last night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tonight I’m playing the great Broadway show Beautiful about Carole King.  the new trumpet player Tatum Greenblatt sounds great!!

Great night last night at the Village Vanguard with the vanguard Kazz Orhestra 

We welcome our newest member John Chudoba (pictured below on the left) as second trumpet.

Vjo bone section
Left to right: David Wong, Douglas Purviance, Rock Ciccerone  John Mosca and Jason Jackson
Left to right: John Chudoba, Jeff Wilfore

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

Rehearsing with The Seaton Hall Faculty Ensemble

Nice rehearsal with the Seaton Hall Faculty jazz ensemble. Looking forward to our concert on march 21 at SOPAC (South Orange PAC.)

I am subbing for the great Douglas Purviance so I’m playing my bass trombone.

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.

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)

Back at “Beautiful The Carole King Musical” tonight. Looking forward to some nice “phat” pedal Bb’s on the bass trombone and some popping horn section lines on the large-bore tenor trombone.!

 

Back at Beautiful tonight where the book calls for doubling on large-bore tenor trombone and bass trombone.  We are going to make some “Broadway Magic!”

VJO CELEBRATES 51 YEARS AT THE VANGUARD!

2017 FEB … VJO CELEBRATES 51 YEARS AT THE VANGUARD! (8DAYS FEB6 – FEB13) 

We are very happy to announce that 2017 is the 51st anniversary. We, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!

Come and join the celebration!

Feb 6, 2017 (mon) to Feb 13, 2017 (mon) …8 days
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm

at Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, USA
http://villagevanguard.com/

For reservations:
call : (212) 255-4037
online : http://villagevanguard.com/html/tix.html

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Tonight

Come hear the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC. Sets at 8:30 and 10:30.