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New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

In recognition and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Studies department and the Jazz Studies program, New England Conservatory is hosting Jazz50, a year- long series of concerts and events. On stage will be the distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests offering an incredible array of musical and compositional talent. Performances are to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisa Thorson: Lisa Thorson Quartet - Live

Read "Lisa Thorson Quartet - Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lisa Thorson is a Boston-based vocalist and educator (she is a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music). She has release three recordings: From This Moment On (Brownstone, 1994), Resonance (GM Recordings, 1999) and Out to Sea (Self Produced, 2002). Even a dedicated teacher must spread her creative wings from time to time, and Thorson ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Hot and Cool: 40 Years of Jazz at NEC

Read "Hot and Cool: 40 Years of Jazz at NEC" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

New England Conservatory (NEC) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of being America's first fully-accredited Jazz Studies Program at a music conservatory. The merriment kicked off in NEC's home of Boston with a week of events in October 2009, culminating in a performance by the Wayne Shorter Quartet accompanied by the school's Philharmonia, a merger between jazz ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Lisa Thorson's Opening of the Jazz Stage

Read "Lisa Thorson's Opening of the Jazz Stage" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

Jazz composer and vocalist Lisa Thorson has long been a leader in making live jazz accessible to the broadest possible audience. In the words of the blues great Sonny Boy Williamson, she “brings eyesight to the blind", and from “just one word from her lips,... the deaf can hear." To achieve such miraculous feats, Thorson, unlike ...

Lisa Thorson: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Jim Santella

Members of the Boston area Lisa Thorson Five have been friends for eleven years; the group’s firm cohesiveness is a direct result. A student of Sheila Jordan, the singer/leader presents modern mainstream vocal art with obvious nods to Erik Satie and Thelonious Monk. Each artist solos and everybody works together on the thrilling arrangements. Spontaneity and ...