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Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic in Concert

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Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic
Justin Dicioccio director
With special guest artists Jeremy Fletcher and Bob Mintzer
JEREMY FLETCHER Circadian Cadence
Jeremy Fletcher, Conductor

JIM MCNEELY Extra Credit
BOB MINTZER One Music
Gather The Spirit
All is Quiet
Prayer for Piece
On the Bright Side
Bob Mintzer, Tenor Saxophone

Friday, April 3 at 7:30 PM in John C Borden Auditorium Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic presents a concert on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 PM in the School’s John C Borden Auditorium. The concert will include Jeremy Fletcher’s Circadian Cadence, conducted by the composer, jazz composition faculty member Jim McNeely’s Extra Credit and Bob Mintzer’s One Music, Gather the Spirit, All is Quiet, Prayer for Piece, and On the Bright Side. Mr Mintzer will be the soloist for the performance. The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic was created in 2001 by Justin DiCioccio and offers MSM musicians from both the jazz arts program and classical division a unique educational experience that bridges the gap among classical, jazz, popular, show and media music. It serves the needs of all MSM musicians who seek not only opportunities to perform in the symphony orchestra, but also giving the experience of the varied career of the studio musician. The orchestra is dedicated to performing original compositions that combine jazz rhythms, harmonies, and soaring instrumental solos with contemporary classical compositional techniques. Guest performers have included Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, David Taylor, Ted Rosenthal, and Cecil Bridgewater.

Justin DiCioccio is internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time. In January 2001, he was inducted into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. His keen insight into the teaching of conceptual and inventive ideas has earned him the title of the “musician’s teacher.” His performances, guest conducting appearances, adjudications, jazz and percussion clinics and workshops are numerous and widely recognized in the professional and educational fields. Mr. DiCioccio was named assistant dean of Manhattan School of Music in June 2002, where he chairs the School’s jazz department, a position that he has held since 1999. In addition, he has been a member of the School’s jazz faculty since 1984, teaching percussion and coaching ensembles.

Under his leadership, a complete restructuring of the jazz curriculum has taken place, which includes the creation of a new DMA program. His goal is to initiate and put into action the concept of the complete artist musician. – performer, composer and pedagogue – as well as the creation of working partnership with public schools, community organizations, institutions and the music industry. He also directs international summer jazz programs in partnership with Manhattan School of Music.

Jeremy Fletcher is an accomplished performer, educator, and composer. Although from Atlanta, his first professional experience was playing saxophone in a stage band at Kennywood Amusement Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University, also in Pittsburgh, and received his B.F.A. in Saxophone Performance in 1997. After graduation he stayed in the area and taught in the public schools for five years while simultaneously maintaining an active performance schedule. He worked as a woodwind doubler for such Pittsburgh Musical Theater productions as Westside Story and Hello Dolly, played saxophone weekly with the Roger Humphries Big Band, appeared as a soloist with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and performed with visiting acts including Bernadette Peters and Jerry Vale. He also worked as the primary arranger for The Chapel of Blues house band. In 2002 he left Pittsburgh and moved to New York City to study jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Richard Sussman, Mike Abene, and Michael Patterson. He graduated with his M.M. in the spring of 2004 and was awarded the Manny Albam Prize for jazz composition. In the fall of 2004 Jeremy returned to MSM to begin his doctorate in Jazz Arts Advancement. In the summer of 2005, he was awarded an ASCAP scholarship to attend the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, California as a composer. He has written commissions for the New York City All City High School Jazz Band, the College of New Jersey Big Band, and the 90th anniversary of Manhattan School of Music. Recently, he contributed one original and one arrangement to the Grammy nominated album Big Band Urban Folktales by Bobby Sanabria. Jeremy has continued to work as an educator in both public and private schools as well as on the jazz faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program. His students have received national recognition in Downbeat Magazine.

Bob Mintzer has written over 200 big band arrangements spanning a 34 year career, many of which are performed all over the world by both student and pro bands. His own big band has been nominated for 4 Grammy awards and won a Grammy for best large jazz ensemble recording in 2001 with Homage to Count Basie on the DMP label. Bob has recorded 26 solo recordings with both big band and small jazz ensembles. He is an 18 year member of the Grammy award winning band Yellowjackets, and has recorded 12 cds with them. Bob tours 4 months out of the year with the ‘Jackets’. Bob has published 4 jazz etude books (Belwin Jazz), a solo transcription book (Belwin Jazz), a saxophone method book (Kendor Music), 4 saxophone quartets (kendor music), close to 200 big band arrangements (Kendor Music, Belwin Jazz), and has composed several pieces for orchestra. His “Rhythm of the Americas" piece for sax quartet and orchestra (or concert band) was premiered in 2001 by the American Saxophone Quartet and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His “Concertino for Tenor Saxophone, Strings and Winds" was premiered in NYC by the St Lukes Chamber Ensemble in 1992.

Mintzer has had a diverse career as a free lance musician in New York City. He has recorded with people like Steve Winwood, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and Queen. He’s toured with Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri. He’s worked with the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre. Bob has been on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and recently joined the faculty of USC in Los Angeles. He performs 20 workshops at universities all over the globe annually. ***

Tickets, priced at $10; $5 for students and seniors, are available by calling the Manhattan School of Music Manhattan School of Music Concert Office at 917.493.4428 or by visiting www.msmnyc.edu. The MSM Concert Office is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and one hour before curtain for ticketed events.Manhattan School of Music is located at the northwest corner of 122nd Street and Broadway, and is accessible by public transportation. Several MTA bus lines stop within two blocks at Broadway and 122nd Street: the M5 arrives at Riverside Drive, the M4 and M104 arrive at Broadway, and the M60 and M11 arrive at Amsterdam Avenue. From the 116th Street stop the No. 1 subway line. If arriving via Metro North, stop at Harlem-125th Street and board the M60 bus from any subway line with a 125th stop.

Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic
Justin Dicioccio, director
Friday, April 3 at 7:30 PM in John C Borden Auditorium

JEREMY FLETCHER Circadian Cadence
I. Enter the Evening
II. Lullaby at Sunrise
III. The Spins
IV. The Afternoon After

Jeremy Fletcher, Conductor

JIM MCNEELY
Extra Credit

BOB MINTZER
One Music
Gather The Spirit
All is Quiet
Prayer for Piece
On the Bright Side
Bob Mintzer, Tenor Saxophone

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