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
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
After performing with the live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC Easter Sunday, I took a photo with the composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lord Andrew is a very gracious man.
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones
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
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.
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.
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.