The Black Excellence Trombone Choir 1st Tenor Trombone – Mike Dease, Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Jackson 2nd Tenor Trombone – Skye Dearborn , Burt Mason, John Romero, Ken Thompkins 3rd Tenor Trombone – Chris Crenshaw, Robin Eubanks, Jeffery Miller, Dion Tucker 4th Tenor Trombone – Kenton Campbell, Cooper Cromwell-Whitley, Robyn Smith, Weston Sprott 5th Tenor Trombone – Taylor Alexis, James Burton, Andrae Murchison 6th Tenor Trombone – Gabriel Colby, David Jackson, Keith Jackson, Stephen Wilson Bass Trombone 1 – Hakeem Bilal, Isrea Butler, Darrin C. Milling, Martin McCain, Earl McIntyre, Erica Nichols Bass Trombone 2 – Doug Purviance, Jahleel Smith, Ehren Valme, Chris Davis String Bass – Jordyn Davis Organ – Luther Allison Drums – Ulysses Owens
I WISH I KNEW HOW performed by Rosen M. Hill Jackson – Vocal, Jason Jackson – Trombone, John O’Neill – Piano. Music and lyrics by Dr. Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas. Recorded LIVE at the Hill Jackson Family Music Studio.
Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night In Tunisia featuring Neal Smith – drums, and Greg Gisbert – trumpet. Also in the band is: Jason Jackson – trombone Cyrus Chestnut – piano David Wong – Bass Don Braden – Tenor Sax
Black Butterfly – Rosena M. Hill Jackson – vocal, piano and Jason Jackson – trombone. Written by Cynthia Well & Barry Mann
Rosena M. Hill Jackson sings a medley of Disney Classic “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” and Sound of music’s “Over The Rainbow” live with her band. Rosena M. Hill Jackson – Vocal, Jason Jackson – Trombone/Arranger, Barry Danielian – Trumpet, Michael Karn – Bass, Jeremy Clemons – Drums, Jeb Patton – Piano, Saul Rubin – Guitar, Composed by: Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg.
Rosena M. Hill Jackson – Vocal, Jason Jackson – Trombone, Neal Smith – Drums, David Wong – Bass, Cyrus Chestnut – Piano, Don Braden – Tenor Sax, Greg Gisbert – Trumpet, perform “Moanin'” on the Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan show at SOPAC January 27, 2012
Rosena M. Hill Jackson on Voice, Cyrus Chestnut on Piano, David Wong on bass, and Neal Smith on drums perform “Great Day” at SOPAC on January 27, 2012 in The Sounds Of Sarah Vaughan.
Steve Davis, James Burton and me playing with Ron Carter’s Great Big Band at Birdland. What a swingin’ section.
Shawn Edmonds and me In the “pit” room for the Broadway production of “Ain’t Too Proud.”
Its always fun working with this band! I love Playing those classic horn section lines, and we get to put on a clip on mic, costume and dance onstage at the end of the show.
Ron Carter at Birdland
I am subbing at “Beautiful” the Carole King Musical, all weekend on Broadway in New York City with my buddy Tatum Greenblatt.
The goal for me this weekend is to sound as “commercial” as possible. One of my favorite trumpet players (who shall go nameless) gave me some tips on how to achieve a commercial sound.
I don’t want to give away his secrets, but I did have to slap on a smaller mouth piece (bach 12c) to help me get that commercial sizzle, à la James Pankow from Chicago (one of my favorite “commercial” trombonists). I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend playing Carole King’s Music.
I had the pleasure of performing as a substitute on Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center with these wonderful musicians Charley Gordon, and Marcus Rojas.
Jimmy Heath and the Queens Jazz Orchestra:
It Ain’t Over Yet
I had a wonderful time performing in Portland OR With the Vanguard Jazz Orxheatra.
VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA
FEBRUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 17
VILLAGE VANGUARD, 178 7TH AVENUE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10014, (212) 255-4037
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)
Nick Marchione (lead)
Mark Patterson (lead)
Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)
Jim McNeely (piano)
John Riley (drums)
David Wong (bass)
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is a multiple Grammy Award-winning 16-piece jazz orchestra, comprised of a Who’s Who of New York City’s finest musicians.
The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966. They are celebrating their 53rd year performing at the Village Vanguard with this special week long residency!
The ensemble began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966.
The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever.
From the very beginning, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra captivated the jazz world with the fresh sound of Jones’ writing, Lewis’ incredible command of the ensemble and an entirely new approach to the big band genre. The band emphasized a “small group within the big band” concept, allowing its many top-flight jazz soloists to stretch out and play much longer than was previously typical in large ensembles.
Jones and Lewis enjoyed a very fruitful thirteen-year partnership, which produced fifteen albums, a number of world tours and a wealth of compositions that have become standard big band fare, still delighting audiences and challenging even the world’s best jazz musicians to this day.
When Jones unexpectedly moved to Denmark in 1979, Lewis kept the band together, changed its name and became the sole leader. The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra continued to perform the music of Thad Jones, but the legendary Bob Brookmeyer was recruited as musical director and his groundbreaking compositions provided an entirely new sonic direction for the band. Several other composers contributed new music to the book (including Bob Mintzer and Jim McNeely) and, under Lewis’ leadership, the band added another nine albums to its credits.
After Lewis passed away in 1990, the band became the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. With Jim McNeely as its composer in residence since 1995, the VJO has continued to honor the legacy established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, but all the while continuing to push the boundaries of the big band idiom.
Over half of the albums (17 out of 32) in the band’s robust discography have been nominated for Grammys, with two of them winning the coveted award. In addition, the orchestra has performed on five continents and has won eleven “Best Big Band” awards in the DownBeat magazine Readers and Critics Polls.
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s regular Monday night gig at the Village Vanguard is the longest-running steady engagement in the history of jazz.
I am excited to share that I am on two Grammy nominated albums this year in the Musical Thrater category.
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,”
“Carousel” cast album: