YUJC Student Jazz Combo Showcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 @2pm
Where: Saybrook College Underbrook Theater (242 Elm St., below entry H)

Come see performances by three student jazz ensembles in the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective! Swing, bebop, post-bop and more. Special thanks to our coaches Jeff Fuller and Wayne Escoffery. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Concert at 2:00pm. Doors open at 1:45pm.

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FEATURING:

Jeremy Goldwasser- Flute
James Brandfonbrener- Trumpet
Cameron Rao- Tenor Saxophone
Rachel Savage- Piano
Calvin Kaleel- Bass
Sam Panner- Drums
Coached by Jeff Fuller

Jason Altshuler- Trumpet
Ethan Dodd- Tenor Saxophone
Michael Curcio- Piano
Adin Ring- Bass
Sam Lopate- Drums
Coached by Wayne Escoffery

Hersh Gupta- Alto Saxophone
Gabriel Mininberg- Tenor Saxophone
Mat Ferraro- Guitar
James Wood- Piano
Jason Altshuler- Bass
Thomas Hagen- Drums
Coached by Wayne Escoffery

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YUJC Presents: The Music of Cannonball Adderley

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 @8pm
Where: Pierson College Dining Hall (261 Park St.)

In the absence of robust performance and educational opportunities for jazz music offered by the University, the YUJC seeks to not only bring first rate musicians and educators to campus through our Underbrook Series, but also to establish performance outlets for our own student musicians to contribute meaningfully to the dialogue and campus culture around jazz music. This weekend, the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective is proud to bring you a tribute to legendary saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, featuring Hersh Gupta on alto saxophone. The performance will take place in the Pierson College Dining Hall at 8PM (see directions below). Doors open at 7:45PM. As always, the event is free and open to the public!

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FEATURING:

Hersh Gupta – Alto Saxophone (GH ’20)
Jason Altshuler – Trumpet (MC ’22)
Ben Grobman – Piano (SY ’21)
J.J. Borja – Guitar (GH ’20)
Adin Ring – Bass (SY ’22)
Thomas Hagen – Drums (PC ’20)

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Julian “Cannonball” Adderley was one of the most beloved saxophonists of the Twentieth Century. His career spanned a myriad of genres and eras in American music – from the bebop and hard bop of the 1950’s and 60’s to the soul and rock-influenced jazz of the 1970’s – but his joyful sound remains as distinctive as ever today. Join us for an evening of music and a discussion about what his music means to us.

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Directions: If entering through the York Street gate, walk straight through both gates and into the courtyard. The dining hall entrance is immediately on your right once you enter the courtyard. If entering through the Park Street Gate, walk into the courtyard. The dining hall is through the glass lobby on your left!

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Brandee Younger Trio

When: Friday, November 9, 2018 @7:30PM
Where: Morse College Head of College House (304 York St)

Join us for the Jazz Collective’s final installment of our Fall Underbrook Series! The event will be located in the Morse College Head of College House, located at 304 York Street. Members of the YUJC will be waiting at the entrances to Morse College to guide you to the event. This promises to be a fantastic performance by a flute, bass and harp trio, in the intimate atmosphere of the House’s living room. As always, the event is free and refreshments will be served.

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THE BRANDEE YOUNGER TRIO

Brandee Younger – Concert Harp
Anne Drummond – Flute
Rashaan Carter – Bass

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A fearless and versatile talent, contemporary harpist Brandee Younger defies genres and labels as a classically-trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward forebears Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Ms. Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, curator, performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Quartet.

Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continued work with a diverse cross-section of musical talents, Ms. Younger is widely recognized as a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries have made her irreplaceable on record and in performance. She has shared the stage with jazz leaders and popular hip-hop and r&b titans including Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Charlie Haden, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, The Roots, Common, Maxwell, John Legend and Lauryn Hill.

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Let Freedom Ring: The Music of Jackie McLean

Concert Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 PM in Jonathan Edwards College (68 High St, New Haven, CT, 06511)

Hersh and the Guptas partner with students from the University of Hartford’s Jackie McLean Institute to present a tribute to one of jazz’s most consistently innovative and “far out” composers

As a follow-up to last fall’s “Jazz Concert for the People,” the event will take place in the Jonathan Edwards common room ~ refreshments will be provided and admission is free and open to the public!

Featuring:
Hersh Gupta – alto saxophone (GH ’20)
Elliot Connors – trumpet (MC ’20)
Thomas Hagen – vibraphone (PC ’20)
Michael Curcio – piano (ES ’20)
Nicholas Serrambana – bass (JE ’20)
Sarah Hanahan – alto saxophone (UHart ’19)
Tim Jones – baritone saxophone (UHart ’18
Rob Picard – drums (UHart ’21)

For more information, see our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/518436715216945/

The Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Quartet at the Underbrook

Join us for the first installment of our Winter Underbrook Series on Friday, February 9. This week features the highly acclaimed saxophonist and international recording artist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and his quartet.

There will be a masterclass at 7pm before the 8pm concert. Both are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Saybrook Underbrook is located in Saybrook College (242 Elm Street), Entryway H.

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THE CHAD LEFKOWITZ-BROWN QUARTET

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – Tenor Saxophone
Steven Feifke – Piano
Tamir Shmerling – Bass
Bryan Carter – Drums

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“At 27-years-old, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is already a renowned jazz saxophonist and international recording artist. He is currently a member of the multi Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and he has made internationally televised appearances with pop icons like Taylor Swift, Don Henley and Phillip Phillips. Chad has toured across the globe as a soloist and with many esteemed jazz artists, including Arturo O’Farrill and Clarence Penn.

A native of Elmira, New York, Chad established himself as a jazz prodigy at age 11, performing throughout New York State under the mentorship of local jazz hero, George Reed, who was known for backing legends like Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, and Marian McPartland.

Chad went on to pursue a formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.

Chad received many accolades during his scholastic career, including 15 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for categories such as “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Original Song.”

Since graduating from the Brubeck Institute, Chad has performed throughout four continents, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl, and Madison Square Garden. His debut album, Imagery Manifesto, was named “Debut Album of the Year” by jazz critic and author, Doug Ramsey, and his forthcoming album, “Onward,” features jazz legend, Randy Brecker.

In fall 2017, Chad will join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a visiting artist for their new Roots, Jazz and American Music program.”

-Chadlefkowitz-brown.com

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The E.J. Strickland Trio at the Underbrook

Join us for the second installment of our Winter Underbrook Series on Friday, February 23. This week spotlights drum legend E.J. Strickland, one of the most frequently recorded drummers of the 21st century who has appeared on over 60 albums, performing with his trio.

Concert starts at 8pm and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Saybrook Underbrook is located in Saybrook College (242 Elm Street), Entryway H.

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THE E.J. STRICKLAND TRIO

E.J. Strickland – Drums
Victor Gould – Piano
Barry Stephenson – Bass

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“Enoch Jamal “E.J.” Strickland is the world-class, world-traveled drummer, composer, educator, and artist you’ve heard on over 60 albums in the last 10-plus years. The Miami native grew up in a creative household, where his dad was a percussionist in the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra; his twin brother Marcus played the saxophone; and where E.J. beat on pots, pans, and tables until he finally got his hands on the drums. He was only in middle school, yet E.J. knew then that jazz was his calling.

Where does one go as a young jazz musician, serious about the work? New York City, of course. Like so many talented artists before him, E.J. chose the New School to further his jazz education, a course of study that would introduce him to greater technical ability, but really, to the meat of any jazz program: teachers and peers. Reggie Workman. Buster Williams. Billy Harper—just to name a few of the living legend, caring instructors who guided E.J. during his tenure. And the peers? Friends who would spend almost every moment together, growing as young musicians and future leaders of the sound: Mike Moreno, Robert Glasper, Brandon Owens, and Marcus Baylor. Together, they formed a group that would shape their voices, and establish their careers.

E.J. quickly graduated into New York’s gigging jazz scene, playing early on with Russell Malone and Ravi Coltrane. Both artists proved to be big brother types for E.J., gently guiding him as he established his voice. “Russell really stressed the point that as a drummer, you’re supposed to make the music feel good,” he says. “I always try to remember what he instilled in me.” Ravi Coltrane lent a similar kind of open-ended guidance, telling E.J. to simply “find something” in the music. Just what that would be was up to him.

Since then, Strickland has built a successful career as a composer, bandleader, educator, and sideman. He’s toured, performed, and recorded with some of the greatest names in contemporary music: Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Wynton Marsalis, George Colligan, David Gilmore, Vincent Herring, and Nnenna Freelon, to name a few. As an instructor, he’s taught alongside some of the world’s best jazz educators: Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer at the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, Steve Kirby at University of Manitoba, and Earl MacDonald at University of Connecticut.

As a leader, he’s released two albums: 2009’s In This Day featuring Marcus Strickland, Jaleel Shaw, Luis Perdomo, and Hans Glawischnig in a blend of musical settings. His most recent release, The Undying Spiritpositively glows…its success comes largely from the leader’s ability to inspire the best in his fellow musicians,” says Brian Zimmerman,Downbeat Magazine. Nick Bewsey in Icon Magazine calls E.J. “an artist with a clear and sensible vision: that a drummer-led jazz record should give listeners an opportunity to get their groove on.”

Variety—of influence and interest—might be the key word for E.J. in his creative approach. He studied both classical and Latin percussion, working early on with the great Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa. “Growing up, we listened to all kinds of music in the house,” he says. “Miles, Stevie; just good music.” He’s applied his wide-ranging tastes to the artists he plays with today: funk and fusion with pianist Manuel Valera’s Groove Square; Latin jazz with tenor player David Sanchez; soul and R&B with harpist Brandee Younger; straight-ahead with alto player Sharel Cassity.

In 2015, E.J. brings his eclecticism to a new group, Transient Beings. Founded in the spirit of the present moment, Transient Beings celebrates the one thing we all share: limited time on Earth. With insightful and uplifting lyrics, and a unique instrumentation—vocals and effects by Sarah Elizabeth Charles, two guitarists, Nir Felder and Tom Guarna, Rashaan Carter on electric bass, and Strickland pulsing throughout—he hopes to unite his listeners through funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat, and fusion, pairing the complexity of jazz solos with the textured guitar sounds of rock.

The openness that E.J. brings to his creative work is the same trait that makes him a successful educator. A private teacher, coach, master class and clinic instructor, he focuses on the individual student, their personality and interests, in order to best guide them. “I never tell them, You have to do this, or that. I try to show them that music is a wide, wide world of possibility. And I try to make it fun. I always try to remember that music is fun.”

-Smallslive.com

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The Immanuel Wilkins Quartet at the Underbrook

Join us for the final installment of our Winter Underbrook Series on Friday, March 9. This week features Immanuel Wilkins, the young saxophone phenom from The Julliard School, and his trio.

Concert starts at 8pm and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Saybrook Underbrook is located in Saybrook College (242 Elm Street), Entryway H.

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THE IMMANUEL WILKINS QUARTET

Immanuel Wilkins – Alto Saxophone
Jon Elbaz – Piano
Daryl Johns – Bass
Nazir Ebo – Drums

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“Immanuel Wilkins is an American Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, and Band Leader. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he played in his church and programs dedicated to teaching jazz music such as the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Immanuel has had the opportunity to play in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States, working and/or recording with Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Aaron Parks, Hubert Laws, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. He currently attends The Juilliard School where he studied with saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley. By being emerged in the scene at a young age around various masters, he continues to pursue his goals of being a force in music and society today. His mission is to create a sound that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact and to become a great leader in the lineage of jazz musicians throughout history. Through studying the human pathos of the music and the culture of jazz, he aspires to bring people together through the commonality of love and belief in this music.”

-Smallslive.com

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Eyehear at the Underbrook

Join us for the final installment of our Fall Underbrook Series on November 17. This week spotlights Eyehear, a student group from Columbia University that boasts a complex, hybrid sound and features the emerging trumpeter David Acevedo.

Concert starts at 8pm and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Saybrook Underbrook is located in Saybrook College (242 Elm Street), Entryway H.

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EYEHEAR

David Acevedo – Trumpet
Joseph Freund – Electric Guitar
Sean Kim – Piano
Conner Duke – Electric Bass
Daniel Mesko – Drums

Check out Eyehear here:

https://dacevedomusic.tumblr.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjum5sxPnos&feature=youtu.be

https://soundcloud.com/david_acevedo_music/sets/eyehear

 

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The Steven Feifke Trio at the Underbrook

Join us Family Weekend for the fourth installment of our Fall Underbrook Series on November 3. This week features a concert and masterclass by a renowned “monster-talent,” the pianist and composer Steven Feifke.

Concert starts at 8pm, masterclass at 7pm. Both are free and open to the public and will take place in the Saybrook Underbrook, located in Saybrook College (242 Elm Street), Entryway H. Refreshments will be served at the concert.

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STEVEN FEIFKE TRIO

Steven Feifke – Piano
Raviv Markovitz – Bass
Bryan Carter – Drums

Steven Feifke, born June 21 1991, is a sought after performer, orchestrater, and educator based in New York. An avid composer and arranger, Feifke leads three regularly performing ensembles: a piano trio, a septet, and a full 17-piece big band, each of which plays music from Feifke’s own repertoire. When not composing for his own bands, Feifke can often be found working in a wide variety of settings ranging from stage to screen. In addition to writing for musicians like Michael Dease, Ulysses Owens, Chris Norton, and Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, some select TV appearances of Feifke’s music include Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars” with President Obama, and the hit show “Impractical Jokers” on TrueTV. As a pianist, Feifke maintains an active performance schedule both in and out of New York City at venues like The Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Feifke currently resides in Manhattan, and holds a bachelors degree in music and a minor in economics from New York University.

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The Tarun Balani Collective at the Underbrook

Join us for the next installment of our Fall Underbrook Series on October 3rd. This week spotlights Tarun Balani, a composer and drummer coming to us all the way from New Delhi, India. His four-piece Collective will be performing works from their boldly modern yet deeply spiritual album, Dharma, to be released this September.

Concert starts at 7pm and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Saybrook Underbrook is located in Saybrook College (242 Elm Street), Entryway H.

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TARUN BALANI COLLECTIVE

Tarun Balani – Drums
Adam O’Farrill – Trumpet
Olli Hirvonen – Guitar
Sharik Hasan – Piano
Noam Wisenberg – Bass

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