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Two Juilliard Jazz Ensembles Present "The Real Bebop" with Coach, Jon Faddis on Trumpet, at Paul Hall

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Juilliard Jazz Ensembles
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The Real Bebop

Jon Faddis, Guest Coach
www.terangajazz.com

First Ensemble:
Braxton Cook, Alto Saxophone
Enrique Sanchez, Trumpet
Jeffery Miller, Trombone
Lake Jiroudek, Guitar
Joseph Doubleday, Vibraphone
Jahaan Sweet, Piano
Karl Kohut, Bass
Douglas Marriner, Drums
Frank Kimbrough, Ensemble Coach

Second Ensemble:
Taylor Herron, Alto Saxophone
Riley Mulherkar, Trumpet
Kalia Vandever, Trombone
Anthony Orji, Baritone Saxophone
Jaehun Kang, Piano
Joel Wenhardt, Piano
Karl Kohut, Bass
Cameron Macintosh, Drums
Elio Villafranca, Ensemble Coach

At
Paul Hall
155 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
212.721.6500

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 4, 2014


Tonight’s Juilliard Jazz event was extra special, with the Juilliard Jazz Director, Wynton Marsalis, in the Hall, and Jon Faddis, whom I first heard in the Village, when he played trumpet in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. This was jazz royalty, and the two student ensembles were offered la crème de la crème for their audience, along with jazz fans, family, and friends. As it was, tonight’s jazz presentation, with these youthful, budding, rather blooming musicians, was one of the best I’ve heard this fall. As is Juilliard Jazz’ format, two ensembles performed, each coached by a master. Frank Kimbrough, pianist, whom I last reviewed for his participation with the Juilliard Jazz Quartet, in this complex, and Elio Villafranca, pianist, whom I last reviewed for his new Grammy-Nominated CD, Caribbean Tinge, were the respective coaches for Ensembles One and Two. I also had the pleasure of meeting up with Elio, Frank, Jon, and also Rodney Jones, jazz guitarist, who’s on the faculty of Juilliard, as are Elio Villafranca and Frank Kimbrough. .

Ensemble One opened with Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High”, arranged by the pianist, Jahaan Sweet. It was filled with energized ensemble brass and great trumpet flourishes. Next was Gillespie’s “Oop Bop Sh’Bam”, arranged by Douglas Marriner, the drummer. Joseph Doubleday on vibes was especially featured, and he has a bright future, with his dynamic mastery of the instrument. Charlie Parker’s “Quasimodo”, arranged by bassist, Karl Kohut, offered each student a riff, with one especially fine interlude by guitarist, Lake Jiroudek, along with drums, and bass. Enrique Sanchez on trumpet and Braxton Cook on sax, accompanied by Jeffery Miller on trombone, added brassy ebullience. Gillespie’s “Bebop”, arranged by saxophonist, Braxton Cook, was filled with flourish and flair, thanks to solo riffs from Mr. Cook and Mr. Sanchez. Vernon Duke’s ballad, “I Can’t Get Started”, arranged by the drummer, Mr. Marriner, was led by Mr. Sanchez on trumpet, along with piano, guitar, drums, and bass. A languid piano interlude followed some feverish brass. The final piece of this set, Gillespie and Frank Paparelli’s “Blue’n Boogie”, arranged by the ensemble, was joined by the estimable trumpet virtuoso, Jon Faddis, who found new tonal highs in an extended riff that had the Hall breathless.

Ensemble Two opened with Gillespie’s “Dizzy Atmosphere”, arranged by trumpet player, Riley Mulherkar, with a buoyant piano solo, by Joel Wenhardt. Mr. Mulherkar was on a retro sounding, muted trumpet, with sensational effects. Parker’s “Confirmation”, arranged by drummer, Cameron Macintosh, was next, and Taylor Herron’s searing alto sax solo, along with Jaehun Kang’s propulsive piano solo, were impressive. Parker’s “Ko-Ko” followed, with a long, muted trumpet solo, followed by sax, with soft bass and piano accompaniment, in practiced expertise. Parker’s “Chasin’ the Bird”, arranged by Mr. Herron, veered into atonal brassiness, with Kalia Vandever joining on bluesy trombone. One of my favorite tunes, Thelonius Monk’s “Round Midnight’, was arranged here by Joel Wenhardt, pianist. The long, melancholy piano riff was astoundingly mature and masterful. Tonight’s final piece, Gillespie and Paparelli’s “A Night in Tunisia”, was joined by Jon Faddis, with an extra-long and extra-special trumpet riff, after an effective bass introduction by Karl Kohut. Anthony Orji, on baritone sax, played throughout with tonal excellence, and it should also be noted that both ensembles seemed really delighted to appear in this spotlight. Kudos to all.



Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Plays "The Real Bebop"
Coached by Frank Kimbrough
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Plays "The Real Bebop"
Coached by Frank Kimbrough
With Guest Coach Jon Faddis
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Jon Faddis on Solo Trumpet
With Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Coached by Frank Kimbrough
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Plays "The Real Bebop"
Coached by Elio Villafranca
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Riley Mulherkar on Solo Trumpet
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Coached by Elio Villafranca
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Jon Faddis on Solo Trumpet
With Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Coached by Elio Villafranca
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Frank Kimbrough, Jon Faddis, Elio Villafranca
At Juilliard's Paul Hall
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net