For almost 150 years the New England Conservatory has been a repository of learning for musicians from around the world. The institution has maintained a fine sense of history and 40 years ago began a long and intense love affair with Afro-American music, when it became the first major conservatory in the country with a fully accredited Jazz Studies Program, instituted by then conservatory president, composer and multi-instrumentalist Gunther Schuller. Since then an endless stream of stellar musicians has emerged from its program, carrying the history of the music of America out into the world. This has been as true of its faculty as of its students, too numerous to name. However, it bears mention that bassist Charles Mingus and pianist Jaki Byard taught there, as did the pianist George Russell.
Style: Modern Jazz
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