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

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

Teaching at the Dalton School in NYC, and City College, then an evening subbing at the Broadway Musical, Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close

Wednesday was my first day of teaching at The Dalton School in NYC where I am now the trombone teacher.

The Dalton School
The Dalton School

My next student was up town at the City College New York where I have taught for 6 years now.

CCNY
City College New York (CCNY)

And finally I ended the night at Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close.

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

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

Rehearsing with Gene Pritsker’s  CompCord Big Band ‘NY NY’ for our concert this Friday, March 3rd @ 7:30pm, Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC

 

This video is from our rehearsal with Gene Pritsker’s CompCord Big Band ‘NY NY’ for our concert on March 3rd @ 7:30pm, At the Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC

Composers:
David Taylor, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Joseph Martin Waters, Marie Incontrera, Alon Nechushtan, Anthony Branker, Kinan Azmeh, Franz Hackl, Melanie Mitrano/Gerson Galante, John Clark.

Performers:
CompCord Big Band, Vesselin Gellev – violin, Melanie Mitrano – voice, Gerson Galante – clarinet, Sebastian Pritsker – voice, Charles Coleman – conductor

Obout the concert:

Composers Concordance’s 6th annual festival, entitled ‘New York // New Music’, will be held from March 3-12, 2017, and will feature new music about NYC by more than 55 composers. The six-concert festival will launch at The Cutting Room, with the CompCord Big Band premiering 12 compositions. Composers will include Kinan Azmeh (“intensely soulful” – The New York Times. “spellbinding” – The New Yorker), as well as Dan Cooper, Dave Taylor, Franz Hackl,, John Clark, Anthony Branker, Joseph Martin Waters, Marie Incontrera and Alon Nechushtan. Composer-vocalist Melanie Mitrano will bring her “swinging, clean, cool and refined” vocals. Violinist Vesselin Gellev, Sub-Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, will premiere Gene Pritsker’s violin concerto with big band. This new composition is about three paintings by New York artist Mark Kostabi, whose canvases are permanently featured at The Cutting Room. A new Arrangement of ‘New York, New York’ will be the finale and feature the voice of 12 year old Sebastian Pritsker. Gerson Galante will be the clarinet soloist and Charles Coleman conducts.

 

 

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.

The City College of New York/The Lion King

Excited to start teaching at the City College of New York today.   I love teaching because it forces me to put into words my own technique so that the student can understand it and benefit from it. This process makes me a better musician.  It is also important for me to give back since people gave to me when I was a young student.

After teaching, I’m headed to perform with the pit orchestra at The Lion King for their evening performance tonight.

A Bronx Tale and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

a Bronx tale
A Bronx Tale
doubles this week
Doubles this week

Today is a busy day.  Up early to fix breakfast for the family and clean the kitchen and get ready for two completely different gigs today.

First, I am excited to be back at “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway for the matinee today in NYC. The book requires a trombone and tuba double so I’ve been practicing the instruments together for the past few days.

Then, tonight I continue playing the week at the Village Vanguard which continues tonight with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for our 51st Anniversary. I am blessed for these opportunities.

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.

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.

Monday Night with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s weekly gig on Monday at the Village Vanguard. Music of Thad Jones, Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Monday Night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Join The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s weekly gig on Monday at the Village Vanguard. Music of Thad Jones, Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others.

VJO
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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!Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, 10014,  Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30

Holiday in by Irving Berlin tonight

Tonight I am performing with the “Holiday Inn” Orchestra on Broadway. The wonderful orchestrations are by Larry Blank. Don’t be fooled by his last name, there are no “blank” pages or bars for that matter in this book. 🙂

This is a delightful show with nonstop dance numbers (band playing!)  If you can catch it before it closes, I would recommend it.