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Presenting The

Juilliard Jazz
Ensemble

Sunday

July 17, 2016

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY

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  Photo of Jaehun Kang   Photo of Gabriel Medd
  Photo of Karl Kohut   Photo of Andrew Wangemann

Pictured above, top to bottom and left to right:
Jaehun Kang, piano; Gabriel Medd, trumpet;
Karl Kohut, bass and Andrew Wangemann, drums.

One of the most exciting and innovative jazz programs in the country, Juilliard Jazz combines education in the history and tradition of jazz with unparalleled professional performance opportunities designed to integrate students into a thriving jazz environment.. Headed by Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, the program educates, encourages and empowers students to succeed in today’s world of music.

Gabriel Medd played his first gig at the age of ten, and he has been performing on his trumpet ever since. Now 24, the Iowa City native has occupied venues at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, Iridium, Chicago Jazz Showcase, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the Blue Note. He has embraced opportunities to blend his ideas and sounds with those of other incredible musicians in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and the Grammy Award-Winning Mingus Big Band. Gabriel has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal and also received the award for “Best Undergraduate Jazz Soloist” in Downbeat Magazine’s 2011 Student Music Awards. He was also included in Wynton Marsalis’ list of “The Next Generation of Jazz Greats” that appeared in JET magazine in 2011. Gabriel graduated with his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School in 2014 and is scheduled to complete his Master’s Degree at Juilliard in 2016. Recently, in November of 2014, Gabriel King Medd was selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.

Korean-born pianist Jaehun Kang was the ‘Best Jury Price’ winner of Jarasum International Jazz Concours at the age of 18. Classically trained since the age of five, he won first place in the CBS National Youth Classical Music Competition and played at the Cheong-ju Art Center when he was 13. At the age of 15, he became fascinated by jazz and in 2010 was accepted by the Seoul Institute of the Arts (SIA), one of the most authoritative music schools in Korea, on a full scholarship. While at SIA, he decided to come to United States to deepen his study of jazz.

Mr. Kang entered Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2012, where one of his teachers, Alain Mallet, evaluated him as ‘a wonderful musician with great pianistic skills’ who is ‘quick, curious, very musical, a great improviser.’ Another teacher, Joanne Brackeen, who is a former member of Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, called him ‘an amazing pianist with excellent technique, ..., a very creative composer and improvisor.’ At the Berklee Global Jazz Institute he had the opportunity to study with some of the jazz greats, such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, and others.

In 2014, Jaehun Kang entered The Juilliard School to study with Frank Kimbrough. He performs and records in Korea and the United States and is an active member of the Song-yi Jeon Quintet, which recently released its first album and has performed around Boston and New York.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, bassist Karl Kohut has worked with many well-known artists in the jazz world, including Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jimmy Greene, Terreon Gully, and George Colligan. In his hometown of Winnipeg, Karl performed regularly with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Ron Paley Big Band and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2014, he relocated to New York City to begin a Master of Music degree program at The Juilliard School. Karl was also selected a finalist for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz college program and had the opportunity to perform for jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Equally adept on both acoustic and electric bass, Karl is also a past winner of the Canadian Youth Talent Competition for a solo electric bass performance.

 

July 17, 2016

The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

Gabriel Medd, trumpet
Jaehun Kang, piano
Karl Kohut, bass
Andrew Wangemann, drums

“Love Songs of the American Songbook”

Set 1:

“A Beautiful Friendship”- Jule Styne, Donald Kahn
“What Is This Thing Called Love?”- Cole Porter
“For All We Know”- J. Fred Coots
“All the Things You Are”- Jerome Kern
“September in the Rain”- Harry Warren and Al Dubin

INTERMISSION

Set 2:

“I Love You”- Cole Porter
“Let There Be Love”- Lionel Rand
“It's Easy To Remember”- Richard Rodgers
“All of Me”-Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons
“The Way You Look Tonight”-Jerome Kern

Program subject to change.

Admission is at the door only by suggested donation of $12 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students and anyone under 13 years of age is admitted at no charge. Refreshments are served after the concert catered by A Taste of Europe Restaurant.

Thank you!” to all of our donors and especially to the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation for your generous support which makes this concert and our entire season possible.


Drummer Andrew Wangemann grew up in Orem, Utah, in a very non-musical family. At the local public library he discovered a vast collection of CDs and began checking out 30 or more of them every two weeks. As a high school student Andrew was a member of The Music Schoolʼs Crescent Super Band, a band that won a DOWNBEAT award in 2007 while he was a member. With the Crescent Super Band he has performed with numerous artists including Terrell Stafford, Dennis Irwin, Larry Goldings, Terreon Gully, Matt Wilson, and Bobby Shew and performed at many venues and festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Park City Jazz Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Centerʼs Dizzyʼs Club Coca-Cola.

Andrew was the drum-set player for the International Association of Jazz Education Community College All-Star Big Band and performed at the 2007 IAJE Conference in New York City with guest director Wycliffe Gordon. In April 2013 Andrew performed with a Jazz quartet in an exciting collaboration with the Juilliard Dance Department, performing a work choreographed by Murray Louis titled, “Four Brubeck Pieces.”

Andrew is part of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship and led two ensembles in twelve performances at New York City healthcare facilities in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. He is also a group leader in the Hire Juilliard Performers program in which he acts as a liaison between clients and the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship. Having received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, he is currently attending its Master of Music program.


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