JTS Presents The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble: The Jewish–African American Jazz Experience

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March 12, 2013, New York, NY

A concert starring the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), which is located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. Featuring the music of prominent Jewish and African American jazz composers, the concert will explore the singular connections between the compositions and the cultures. Performers* will include Braxton Cook (saxophone), Alphonso Horne (trumpet), Samora Pinderhughes (piano), Dan Stein (bass), and Sammy Miller (drums).

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each; students with a valid school ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each. Space is limited. Order tickets now at www.jtsa.edu/Juilliard (online ticket ordering is open until 2:00 p.m. on the performance date). Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

JTS Presents: The Jewish-African American Jazz Experience, Featuring the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble is the culmination of The Juilliard School's second daylong residency of educational and inspirational performances and master classes at JTS in the 2012-2013 season. Through examination of Jewish culture and community within the arts, the residency—including this concert which is open to the public—incorporates music of composers of Jewish heritage, as well as compositions that highlight Jewish themes and traditions.

"These residencies and concerts by The Juilliard School are a significant step forward in our effort to make the creative arts a vital presence in the life and culture of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The JTS Arts Initiative, launched by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen with the energetic and able support of our distinguished Arts Advisory Board, is already causing a stir with exciting new ventures such as this one with Juilliard-and there is much more to come." —Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and Provost, JTS

About the Performers

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles
The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles are a feature of Juilliard Jazz Studies, an innovative program that combines education in the history and tradition of jazz with unparalleled professional performance opportunities. The faculty is comprised of distinguished educators and musicians who challenge students to be equally skilled as improvisers, band leaders, sidemen, and educators. The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles tour and perform regularly at The Juilliard School, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and the Blue Note in New York City, often showcasing legendary guest artists such as Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, and Terence Blanchard, among others.

Braxton Cook, saxophone
As a young emerging saxophonist, Braxton Cook participated in the prestigious 2009 Grammy Jazz Ensemble, and was accepted into the Vail Jazz Workshop, where he studied with Jeff and John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, and Terrell Stafford. He won a gold medal in the 2009 National ACT-SO Competition from the NAACP. At Georgetown University, Cook was selected as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' (NFAA) YoungArts finalist for two years, winning the silver medal in 2010. Cook has performed with prominent jazz musicians, including Tim Warfield, Paul Carr, and Pepe González. He is currently a bachelor of music student at The Juilliard School as the Irene Diamond Scholarship winner. He studies with Ron Blake, Steve Wilson, and Joe Temperley, and performs at clubs in the New York City area.

Alphonso Horne, trumpet
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Alphonso Horne began playing trumpet in the sixth grade, and pursued both jazz and classical music. He attended the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and became a member of the jazz band. When the band participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition, Horne won an Outstanding Soloist award. He has also received numerous honors for his jazz and classical playing at festivals and orchestral competitions in Florida. A five-time member of the Florida Music Educators' Association All-State Concert Band, Horne was also a member of the Tanglewood Youth Orchestra. With his own band, Horne performs at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and other venues around New York. He is pursuing a master's degree at The Juilliard School, and frequently substitutes for Wynton Marsalis in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Samora Pinderhughes, piano
Raised in Berkeley, California, pianist Samora Pinderhughes began studying Venezuelan and Cuban percussion, along with Latin and jazz piano, at a young age. He pursued his studies with jazz greats such as Bill Bell, Geechi Taylor, and Patrice Rushen, among others. He is the recipient of multiple awards for musicianship and composition, including several Downbeat Student Music Awards and an NFAA Merit Award. From 2004 to 2009, Pinderhughes was a member of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and Combos, and he performed regularly with San Francisco's Jazz High School All-Stars and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble. Pinderhughes has played at prestigious concert venues, including the White House, Carnegie Hall, and Yoshi's Jazz Club, and at many jazz festivals. He is active as a touring musician, and has performed at jazz venues in Cuba, Japan, Switzerland, and Italy. Pinderhughes is currently a bachelor of music student at The Juilliard School.

Dan Stein, bass
Bassist Daniel Stein is pursuing his master's degree in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School, currently learning with Ray Drummond. He is an honors graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was nominated by faculty to join the Oberlin Jazz Septet. A native New Yorker, he began studying bass in eighth grade, and went on to study with Paul Gill and Victor Lin in Manhattan, Todd Coolman at Skidmore, and Jeff Campbell at the Eastman School of Music. Stein has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall, the Mercury Lounge, and Smalls, among other venues. He also toured China with the Terry Hsieh Jazz Collective. He received a Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, the Calhoun School Music Award, a Conservatory Dean's Award, the Margaret V. H. Jones Conservatory Scholarship, and the Elizabeth Davies Scholarship at Oberlin, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national honor society for excellence in music and academic achievement.

Sammy Miller, drums
A native of Los Angeles, drummer and bandleader Sammy Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that "feels good." Miller has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, and Bobby Watson. He has performed and toured around the world, including at the White House, Bern Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. Miller has received honors that include the Los Angeles Jazz Society's Shelly Manne Memorial New Talent Award, the Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship, and the 2009 Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Award. He resides in New York City, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School and is now pursuing a master's degree in music at The Juilliard School.

*Artists may be substituted.

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