For Jazz Appreciation Month, hear another round of music by student ensembles from New York and beyond

Julliard Jazz Octet, “But not for me”

Julliard Jazz Octet, “But not for me”

Juillard Jazz Orchestra, “It’s Always You”

Juillard Jazz Orchestra, “It’s Always You”

Juilliard Jazz celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the legendary school of music has had a busy semester of rehearsals and celebration with performances from its lineup of ensembles. For this final week of WBGO’s on-air celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, we feature recent live performances from the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the Julliard Jazz Octet.

This semester’s Octet consists of Summer Camargo, trumpet; Coby Petricone-Berg, alto saxophone; Daniel Cohen, tenor saxophone; Sarah Hanahan, baritone saxophone; Tyler Bullock, piano; Jayla Chee, bass; and Matthew Lee, drums. Piano student Esteban Castro arranged their version of “But Not For Me” by George Gershwin. As for the Orchestra, they perform the Jimmy Van Husen/Johnny Burke standard “It’s Always You”, in an arrangement by master’s student Ilya Osachuk, with singer Shabnam Abedi (MM’22), conducted by Andy Farber.

CCNY Jazz Ensemble, “Wave”

CCNY Jazz Ensemble, “Wave”

The CCNY Jazz Ensemble – under the direction of Steve Wilson, who is director of jazz studies, and Suzanne Pittson, associate director – recently joined the school’s recording studio with Paul Special, professor of sound arts engineering . He produced a session featuring the CCNY Jazz Ensemble, consisting of two graduate students (Andrew Pereira, alto saxophone and Paul Janoschka, piano) and two undergraduate students (Dani Johnson, bass and Whanho Oh, drums) in a arranged by Antonio Carlos Jobim. “Vague.”

Purchase Jazz Orchestra, “Tune in D”

Purchase Jazz Orchestra, “Tune in D”

Logan Maxwell is a composer, bandleader, bassist and arranger completing his final year at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Having performed in the Westchester and New York areas, as well as near his hometown of Long Island, he rose to prominence on the local jazz scene. He is a member of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago, and his debut album, Starting point, was released last April. In addition, he begins to enter the world of big band. His senior recital will feature the Purchase Jazz Orchestra performing their own arrangements and compositions. This selection, “Tune in D”, includes Josh Carter and Alex Smith on tenor saxophones, Lee Altsher-Wood on baritone saxophone, Harry Graser on piano, Simon Ribas on drums, and engineers Ash McMillan and Sacha Meytin.

Manhattan School of Music Student Jazz Composer Big Band, “Three Women”

Manhattan School of Music, “Three Women”

The Manhattan School of Music was one of the first conservatories in the United States to recognize the importance of jazz as an art form by establishing undergraduate and graduate programs in jazz. In addition to a variety of smaller combos, student ensembles include the LatinX Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz Philharmonic. The program is under the direction of Acting Associate Dean and Director of Jazz Arts and Jazz Trumpet Faculty Member Ingrid Jensen. This semester, trumpeter/composer Matt Holman led the Jazz Student Composer’s Big Band performance at MSM’s Neidorff-Karpati Hall, featuring sets of original student compositions and their arrangements of selected pieces. Our featured selection is the 23-piece Big Band on Jaco Pastorius’ composition of “Three Women.”

Emanuela Maglione and Quintet A, “No Good Time Fairies”

Siena Jazz University Quintet, “No Good Time Fairies”

Siena Jazz University captures the atmosphere and energy of the small Tuscan town of Siena. Students from all over the world come to study at the National Academy of Jazz, led by founder and director Franco Caroni. Pianist and composer Greg Burk currently coordinates the master’s program, and the faculty is made up of veteran jazz performers and educators from around the world, including trombonist Joseph Bowie. WBGO featured several sets from the school throughout Jazz Appreciation Month. This week it’s a quintet led by voice student Emanuela Maglione on an arrangement of “No Good Time Fairies” by Steve Coleman. The ensemble consists of Valerio Apuzzo, trumpet; Emmanuel Fioretti, piano; Federico Campanello, bass; and Federico Balestra, drums.

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