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Presenting the

Juilliard Jazz
Ensemble

Sunday

July 15, 2018

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

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  Photo of Evan Harris Photo of Addison Frei Photo of Cam MacIntosh
  Photo of Martin Jaffe

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, pictured above, top to bottom, left to right:
Evan Atwell-Harris, saxophone; Addison Frei, piano;
Cameron MacIntosh, drums and Marty Jaffe, bass.

The Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School in New York City, 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. Friends of Music is happy to welcome the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble back for another performance in Stamford.

Returning to Stamford for a second performance, Ensemble leader Evan Atwell-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, Etienne Charles and Vince Giordano.

At the formative age of 24, Evan has been acknowledged with a number of accolades including the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Scholarship, the Mary H. Vinton Jazz Scholarship, the Edward Jabes Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Gluck Fellowship, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Grant, the Rose Mandelbaum Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship, the PPCA Performers' Trust Grant, the Barry Stewart Prize, Big Brother Movement’s Youth Support Jazz Award, Siena Jazz Festival Scholarship, a Juilliard Project Grant and a coveted Skills and Development Grant from the Arts Council of Australia.

Evan has toured metropolitan and regional Australia, the USA and Switzerland, and performed at such venues as the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Smalls Jazz Club, Alice Tully Hall, and the Sydney Opera House.

Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours First Class), Evan was awarded the University Medal - a credit recognising the most distinguished graduate. Evan completed a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) degree at the Juilliard School, and was awarded the William Schuman Prize, which recognises outstanding achievement and leadership.

Evan leads his own band the Evan Harris Quintet and performs as a member of the Isaiah Thompson Quartet, for the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz For Young People Program, and with an interdisciplinary ensemble the Jailbirds. His debut album Skylines has garnered critical and popular acclaim, having been nominated for two 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Awards; Best Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Produced Album, and he was acknowledged as Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.


New York-based pianist Addison Frei (“Fry”) has won first prize in several competitions including the 2017 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition, the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, and the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida. He has released two albums on Armored Records, Intentions (2014) and Transit (2016), featuring frequent collaborator and Manhattan Transfer cofounder Janis Siegel. Frei signed with TCB Records-The Montreux Jazz Label and will release a new trio album featuring bassist Tamir Shmerling and drummer Mario Gonzi in 2018.

Frei also co-leads AMP Trio, contributing compositions to Three (2017), m(y)our world (2015), which rose to #24 on the Jazz Week charts, and Flow (2013). AMP Trio recently completed a Japanese tour, and alongside vocalist Tahira Clayton was selected as the winner of the DC Jazz Prix, earning a DC Jazz Festival performance in 2018. With his 2016 single and music video “Postcard,” Frei again teamed up with Clayton, this time expanding into a broader production palette. Following in this sonic path, Frei explored political themes in a digital EP, Future Speak (2017).

In New York, Frei has active residencies at the Kitano and the Cell Theatre. He currently holds the piano chair in the Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble, consistently performing and touring with the conservatory’s flagship jazz ensemble. Frei is presently a member of the Orlando-based Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, in their inaugural season under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. Addison Frei is a Yamaha Artist.

 

July 15, 2018

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

Evan Atwell-Harris, saxophone
Addison Frei, piano
Martin Jaffe, bass
Cameron MacIntosh, drums

Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar
I Want to Be Happy

Martin Jaffe
Boreal Skies

Herb Ellis/John Frigo/Lou Carter
Detour Ahead

Jaime Silva, Neuza Teixeira
O Pato

Intermission

Duke Ellington
Angelica

John Coltrane
Syeeda’s Song Flute

Billy Strayhorn
My Little Brown Book

John Coltrane
Moment’s Notice

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.

As always, 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 hails from Conway, Massachusetts and is also returning to Stamford for a second performance, having been the bassist for the 2017 Ensemble. After completing his studies at Columbia and Juilliard, Marty quickly became one of New York City’s most active bassists. He has performed with jazz luminaries such as Ingrid Jensen, Wallace Roney, Karrin Allyson, and Harold Mabern. He has also collaborated with choreographers Bill T. Jones and Debbie Allen. When not in NYC, Marty tours throughout the US and the world with numerous groups.

His accolades include being named a 2012 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and winning the International Society of Bassists’ jazz competition in 2013. 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.


Cameron MacIntosh was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Raised in New Jersey. Cam first picked up the sticks at age 9. After taking formal lessons with various teachers in the Jersey area, he heard the great Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck quartet at age 11. Following an audition, Cameron because the youngest ever student of Morello’s. Joe served as an invaluable role as a teacher and mentor for the next three years. Whether it be working on George Lawrence Stone snare drum exercises or telling stories about times spent with Buddy Rich, Papa Jo Jones, or Frank Sinatra, it was undoubtedly Morello’s perfectly balanced yet always burning enthusiasm and seriousness for the instrument that instilled the drum bug in Cam.

When in high school, MacIntosh enrolled as a student to the Manhattan School of Music precollege division, where his ensemble won the 2014 Downbeat award for “Best Precollege Combo.” As a student of the Jazz House Kids program based in Montclair (under the direction of the Artistic Director, Christian McBride and founder Melissa Walker) Cameron participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Annual Essentially Ellington competition where he won “Outstanding Soloist” & “Outstanding Rhythm Section” awards. While with Jazz House, Cam played with icons such as McBride, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, Al Jarreau, and David Sanborn. During this time as well, he was selected as a member of the 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, where he recorded at Capitol Records in Los Angeles and played with Chick Corea & Anthony Hamilton, and participated in their Grammy Cultural exchange program in New York City along with a string quartet from China. Cameron was also a three-year member of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, where he toured Japan twice in addition to the west coast and Canada, and got to play with Ambrose Akinmusire and Joe Lovano. He was also selected as a 2015 YoungArts Finalist, a member of the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony and Vail Jazz Workshop, where he worked with the great Lewis Nash.

Cameron is now a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the Bidu Sayão and Irving Berlin scholarship, and he was a private student of Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond. He has performed at various venues in New York and abroad, including Dizzys Club Coca Cola, Smoke, 55 Bar, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Shapeshifter Lab, Fat Cat, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Yoshis. In the spring of 2016, Cameron was selected to play for a week at the 41st Annual Bern Jazz Festival in Bern Switzerland. He was also invited to play in Moscow for four days at the Future of Jazz Festival directed by Igor Butman this past October, which included performances at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and various clubs. This Summer Cameron has participated in various performances both in New York and abroad including both the Victoria and Vancouver Jazz Festivals in British Columbia, Canada, with vocalist / songwriter Morgan James, as well as the Vail Dance Festival and Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado. He will return to Juilliard in the Fall of 2018 to work towards a Master's Degree in Music as a member of the Class of 2020.


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