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Composer, author and bandleader Andy Jaffe recently retired from teaching in the Williams College Department of Music, where he founded the jazz program and was its Director for 30 years, as well as having served from 1999-2009 as Artistic Director of The Williamstown Jazz Festival, which he also founded. Andy has been a leader in jazz pedagogy for forty years, having taught at the Berklee College of Music (1977-81); The Institut Musical de formation Professionelle in Nimes, France (1984); The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Graduate program in Afro-American Music and Jazz (1994-98); Amherst College (1987-99); Tufts University (1991-93); Smith College (1997-99); The Tainan (Taiwan) National University of the Arts (2009 and 2014), as well as at Williams (since 1989), where, besides directing the Jazz ensembles until 2013, he taught courses jazz hear training, theory/improvisation, arranging/composition, on the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, and the music of Brazil


Article: Radio

Andy Jaffe, Chick Corea & Christian McBride

Read "Andy Jaffe, Chick Corea & Christian McBride" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Joined by the Slovak Radio Orchestra, composer Andy Jaffe kicks off episode 688 of Neon Jazz. From there, we delve into a host of veteran musicians who released great music during 2020 including Marilyn Crispell, Helena Kay and a few others. We sadly say goodbye to legendary jazz musician Chick Corea who passed suddenly at the ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums

Read "Sex & Drugs & Jazz & Jive: Top Ten Stash Records Albums" reviewed by Chris May

With all the transgressive flair you would expect of bohemian New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, Bernie Brightman's Stash Records made its name with a hugely entertaining series of sex and drugs-themed compilations of swing-era recordings. The first was Reefer Songs in 1976. But Brightman's legacy extends much further. There was a finite amount ...



Label: Playscape Recordings
Released: 2016
Track listing: Arc; Brainworm; Steve Biko; In Case This Is Goodbye; Fear of the Dark (Miedo a la obscuridad); Fleurette chinoise; Go Down Moses; Theme for the New Sixties; Now Then.

Article: Album Review

Andy Jaffe Nonet + 4: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Gran bell'ensemble, quello messo assieme dal veterano Andy Jaffe per questo suo ambizioso progetto. Ne fanno parte nomi altisonanti, più un quartetto d'archi (di Taiwan) che si unisce qua e là (per esempio già nell'iniziale “Arc") al nonetto più squisitamente jazzistico. Il materiale posto sul piatto è ottimamente oliato e confezionato, a trazione ...


News: Event

Berkshires Jazz schedules special concert featuring Elli Fordyce, with the Jazz Tuber Trio

Berkshires Jazz schedules special concert featuring Elli Fordyce, with the Jazz Tuber Trio

PITTSFIELD, MA: As part of its year-round commitment to live jazz, has scheduled a special event on May 4. The double bill features NY-based vocalist Elli Fordyce, plus the Boston-based Jazz Tuber Trio. It will take place in the intimate setting of the backroom at Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza, where Berkshires Jazz presented Armen Donelian ...


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