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Presenting the

Juilliard Jazz


July 21, 2019

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 Addison Frei   Photo of Evan Harris
  Photo of Luke Sellick   Photo of Reggie Quinerly

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, pictured above, top to bottom, left to right:
Addison Frei, piano; Evan Harris, saxophone;
Luke Sellick, base and Reggie Quinerly, drums.

The Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School in New York City, under the leadership of Juilliard alumni Wynton Marsalis, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as artist diplomas. It combines education in the history and traditions of jazz with professional performance opportunities designed to integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. The curriculum includes classroom, private studio, and performance ensemble courses with substantial interactions with jazz masters and multiple off-campus performance opportunities. As part of this effort, Friends of Music is happy to welcome the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble back for another performance in Stamford which is typically the best-attended concert of the season.

New York-based pianist Addison Frei (“Fry”) returns to Stamford for a second performance. He 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. His latest album on TCB Records, No Defense (2018), was celebrated with solo piano performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Alhambra (Geneva), and Lucerne Piano Festival. His previous records include Intentions (2014) and Transit (2016), featuring frequent collaborator and Manhattan Transfer co-founder Janis Siegel.

Frei also co-leads AMP Trio, contributing compositions to Three (2017), m(y)our world (2015), and Flow (2013). Alongside vocalist Tahira Clayton AMP Trio was selected as winners of the 2017 DC Jazz Prix, performing at the DC Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Dazzle, Tribeca PAC and extensively throughout China and Japan. Frei expanded his production palette and exploration of political themes in Future Speak (2017), a digital EP and original video. He recently completed two years as pianist in the Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble and is presently a member of the Orlando-based Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. He is a Yamaha Artist.

For music, videos, photos and more, please visit his site at

Evan Atwell-Harris is a New York based saxophonist and composer, returning for a third performance in Stamford. His 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, Smoke Jazz and Supper 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 in 2018 and was subsequently awarded the William Schuman Prize, which recognises a graduate student of music for their outstanding achievement and leadership. Come September 2019, Evan will return to the Juilliard School to study for an Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies, a two-year performance-based program for post-graduate students to develop their artistry and professionalism.

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 for Music that Heals. His debut album Skylines has garnered critical and popular acclaim, having been nominated for three 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Awards; Best Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Produced Album and Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year. Evan was named 2018 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.

While serving as President of Sydney Youth Jazz Ensemble (2013-2016), and as Treasurer of the Jazzgroove Association, Evan became an active member of the artistic community, which he continues to represent as a part of the Sydney University Graduate Union of North America's Young Alumni Council, and as a peer assessor for Australian Arts Fund Grants.

As an educator, Evan has presented lecture-demonstrations, workshops and clinics on behalf of a variety of organisations including Lincoln Center Moments, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Musica Viva, Jazz Workshop Australia and the University of Sydney. Evan appears throughout NY as a teaching artist for S'Cool Sounds and operates his own private studio, which is based in Brooklyn.


July 21, 2019

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

Addison Frei, piano
Evan Harris, saxophone
Luke Sellick, bass
Reggie Quinerly, drums

Stormy Weather

John Lewis/Dizzy Gillespie
Two Bass Hit

Sergio Mendes
So Many Stars

Thelonious Monk
Bye Ya

Where or When


John Coltrane

Thelonious Monk
Ugly Beauty

Secret Love

Martin Rojas
En La Orilla Del Mundo

Dedette Lee Hill, Carmen Lombardo and Johnny Marks
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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. Catered refreshments are served after the concert.

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-of-choice for top-tier artists Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Jimmy Greene and others, Luke Sellick is a compelling newcomer on the jazz scene. Raised in the rich and eclectic musical climate of Winnipeg, Canada, Luke’s musical journey led him to New York where he attended The Juilliard School and was mentored by legendary bassist Ron Carter. He apprenticed musically with pianist Johnny O’Neal, performing weekly in classic New York jazz clubs Smoke, Smalls and Mezzrow.

Luke currently lives in Harlem, NYC and has recently appeared in concert with George Coleman, Lewis Nash, Houston Person, Carl Allen, Renee Rosnes, Alina Engibaryan, Ron Blake and many others, at venues including The Village Vanguard, Blue Note and Jazz Standard. Luke’s debut album ALCHEMIST was released in March 2017 on the Cellar Live label, featuring a cast of brilliant instrumentalists from New York’s next generation. His latest recording is his gospel-infused CHRISTMAS EP, which was self-released in December 2017.

In addition to his musical career, Luke’s passions include ice hockey, aerial photography, and disappearing into the Northern Ontario wilderness for extended periods of time. His musical philosophy is epitomized in the words of J.S. Bach, that “the end of all music is none other than glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”

Reggie Quinerly grew up in a rich musical environment – one that nourished artists as stylistically diverse as pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, drummers Sebastian Whittaker, Chris Dave and Eric Harland and guitarist Mike Moreno. They all attended Houston's High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, where the teachers, said Quinerly, were "incredibly devoted. They gave us a real head start."

After graduating high school he ventured to the East Coast, more specifically, the Mannes School of Music at New School University where he got to study with three great drummers: Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, and Kenny Washington. After sometime honing his chops on the scene he returned to school earning his Master's in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Juilliard School.

Noted as a "conscientious jazz drummer with a nimble and approachable style" (Nate Chinen, New York Times) he has played with such leading artists as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Greg Osby.

In 2017 he fulfilled a life-long goal of returning to higher education, this time as a Juilliard faculty member. As a leacturer he has presented masterclasses at Tulane University (New Orleans), The Cultural Arts Center of Galicia, Spain and since 2012 he has created and implemented music curriculum for several school districts throughout northern New Jersey. These music programs teach children teamwork through the fundamentals of rhythm, melody, harmony and songwriting. As of 2014 the program has been in partnership with the Little Kids Rock program and offers instruction in percussion, guitar, bass, piano and voice. He holds a Supervisors certification and has completed the coursework for the Vice-Principal and Principal certifications. He is a member of Percussive Arts Society and the New Jersey Education Association.

Reggie Quinerly Endorses Canopus Drums and Sabian Cymbals and Products.

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