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Presenting the

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble


July 16, 2017

3 PM at the
Stamford United Methodist Church
88 Main St, Stamford NY Calendar General Info Contact FoM Donate Founders & VIPs Concert Archive

  Photo of Evan Harris   Photo of Martin Jaffe
  Photo of Benjamin Rosenblum   Photo of Charles Goold

Pictured above, top to bottom and left to right:
Evan Harris, tenor saxophone; Martin Jaffe, bass;
Benjamin Rosenblum, piano and Charles Goold, drums.

Juilliard Jazz, under the leadership of Juilliard alumni Wynton Marsalis, director, and Aaron Flagg, chair and associate director, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as artist diplomas. The curriculum combines classroom, private studio, and performance ensemble courses with substantial interactions with jazz masters and multiple off-campus performance opportunities. The department’s programming reflects the jazz continuum and its American vernacular roots as well as the social and cultural vitality of the music.

The 2016-17 season features the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in five concerts; Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in nine concerts; and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, comprised of Juilliard Jazz’s most advanced musicians, in two concerts. Guest conductors and coaches this season include Bill Charlap, alumnus Etienne Charles, Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Eric Reed, Frank Vignola, Dr. Michael White, and faculty members Marsalis, James Burton III, Andy Farber, and Carlos Henriquez. The concerts feature music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Woody Herman, The Hot Club de France, Oliver Nelson, and others.

Juilliard Jazz ensembles play more than 50 on- and off-campus performances annually, including international tours as well as performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note. This season marks a new collaboration with the Zinc Bar, located in Greenwich Village, and includes a piano master class series with pianists Eric Reed and Kenny Barron. International exchanges are an important part of the Juilliard Jazz program. This season the school is hosting a student ensemble from the Torino Conservatory in Italy; Juilliard Jazz’s Artist Diploma Ensemble performed in Brazil; a student ensemble from the Tom Jobim Youth Orchestra in São Paulo performed at Juilliard; and the James Morrison Academy in Mt. Gambier, Australia, and Juilliard Jazz will do a student exchange.

Evan Harris is a New York based saxophonist and composer, whose passion for jazz and improvised music has informed his unique sound on the saxophone.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Evan has established himself firmly as an instrumentalist, with performance credits including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, ARIA award winning ensemble Mara!, James Muller Quartet, Miguel Zenon’s “Identities are Changeable”, as well as having performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Bill Charlap and Etienne Charles.

At the formative age of 23, Evan has been acknowledged with a number of accolades including the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Scholarship, the Mary H. Vinton Jazz Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Gluck Fellowship, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Grant, the Rose Mandelbaum Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship, the Barry Stewart Prize, Big Brother Movement’s Youth Support Jazz Award, Siena Jazz Festival Scholarship and a coveted Skills and Development Grant from theArts Council of Australia.

Evan Harris graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music(Honours First Class) and the award of the University Medal. Evan continues his studies as he completes a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) degree at the Juilliard School, under scholarship.

Described as an “impressive talent” by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and is a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others. Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.


July 16, 2017

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

Evan Harris, tenor saxophone
Benjamin Rosenblum, piano
Martin Jaffe, bass
Charles Goold, drums

A Celebration of Mary Lou Williams
and Duke Ellington

1. The Feeling of Jazz — Duke Ellington

2. A Grand Night for Swinging — Billy Taylor

3. The Single Petal of a Rose — Duke Ellington

4. Cancer — Mary Lou Williams

5. Scorpio — Mary Lou Williams


6. In a Mellow Tone — Duke Ellington

7. The Lady Who Swings the Band — Mary Lou Williams

8. In the Land of Oo-bla-dee — Mary Lou Williams

9. I Have a Dream — Mary Lou Williams

10. Come Sunday — Duke Ellington

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.

Bassist and composer Marty Jaffe Jaffe hails from Conway, Massachusetts and currently resides in New York City. He completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied sociocultural anthropology and jazz, respectively. Marty has studied double bass with Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, Ben Wolfe, and Dr. Salvatore Macchia.

In 2012, Marty was named a US presidential scholar in the arts. The following year, he won first prize in the International Society of Bassists’ jazz competition. More recently, Marty has performed alongside such artists as Ingrid Jensen, Karrin Allyson, Harold Mabern, Sullivan Fortner, and Wallace Roney. In addition, he has recorded with pianists Miro Sprague, Takeshi Obayashi, and Andy Jaffe. Marty has also collaborated with artists across many disciplines, including choreographers Bill T. Jones and Debbie Allen.

Marty’s original compositions and arrangements have been performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, The New World Center for the Arts, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition, he has given numerous interactive performances for young people and taught students across the globe as a member of the Juilliard Artist Diploma ensemble.

Native New Yorker Charles Goold is one of the city's hardest working jazz drummers of his generation. Son of Ned Goold, legendary saxophonist whose credits include Harry Connick Jr, Jack McDuff, Vernell Fournier and many others, Charles was able to hear, live and embody jazz from the day he was born. Charles has also performed with a variety of musicians since playing professionally at the age of 14. Under the tutelage of his father, Charles was able to get “real” jazz education from an early age, playing weekly at Smalls with his father and going to see and study legendary bebop drummers such as Leroy Williams, Jimmy Lovelace, Jimmy Wormworth and Billy Kaye, not to mention Goold's first gig was playing at Arturo's with great pianist Harry Whitaker.

Goold recently graduated from the Juilliard School all while continuing to perform in New York City. With this precious knowledge and experience handed down from his elders and pursuance of formal education, Goold has been able to perform with of the best in the jazz industry and wide variety of acts from classic stalwarts like John Hendricks, The Cab Calloway Orchestra and Andy Bey to more contemporary acts like Johnny O'Neal, Steve Nelson and a concert with Tony Bennet, Ne-Yo, Savion Glover and Brandon Flowers of the Killers at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, collaborations with rap legends Talib Kweli and Ghostface Killah along with performing in the Off-Broadway Musical “Old Hats.”

Mr. Goold performed in Stamford with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble in July, 2015 and we are happy to welcome him back.

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