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Juilliard Jazz Concert Celebrates Art Blakey and Max Roach, Valery Ponomarev Guest Coach

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Dec 05, 2014 07:50 PM EST

Juilliard Jazz will be presenting “Lightning, Thunder and Fire: The Sophistication of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers” featuring Juilliard Jazz Ensembles on Dec 9.

The subject of the prestigious music school's concert will be the ensembles that drummers and bandleaders Art Blakey and Max Roach assembled in 1950’s. Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev will be the guest coach. Ponomarev played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers for many as years, as did Juilliard Jazz Director, Wynton Marsalis.

Juilliard Jazz is now in its 13th season and offers degrees at all different levels for students. The program aims to develop exceptionally educated musicians versed in the Jazz continuum and its American vernacular roots. Through improvisation, swing and the blues aesthetic, Juilliard Jazz nurtures and cultivates individuality, community and the depth of feeling and generosity of spirit known as soul. Juilliard Jazz students are empowered to realize their highest aspirations as people, artists, and citizens.

Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually, including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, while also touring to destinations such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, and Brazil. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City. For the past several seasons, they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Ernie Andrews, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Sean Jones, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Frank Wes, and others. Juilliard artists are taught by today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians.

The tickets for this exciting show are free but extremely limited and available here.

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