JAZZ DIALOGUES: INTIMATE IMPROVISATIONS

2009-2010 - Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey

A concert series of jazz duos/trios exploring the art of improvisation in an intimate setting, each performance included an interview with the artists, conducted by a member of the IJS staff, as well as an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. This series brought leading jazz performers to the campus.

 

 

October 14, 2009 - Christian McBride
2:00 to 3:30 PM - FREE Admission
John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor, Dana Room
Rutgers University, Newark

Born in 1972, McBride is one of the leading jazz bassists and bandleaders. While still a teenager, he recording with some of jazz’s historic figures and has since gone on to become a leading composer and educator, as well as one of jazz’s most celebrated instrumentalists. Co-Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, McBride’s extended works have been commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the NEA. From 2006 to 3009, he was Chair of jazz programming for the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

 

 

Christian McBride

Photo by Ed Berger

 

 

November 18, 2009 - Warren Vaché
2:00 to 3:30 PM - FREE Admission
John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor, Dana Room
Rutgers University, Newark

A longtime New Jersey, resident, trumpeter/cornetist Warren Vaché, born in 1951, has forged one of the most lyrical solo styles in jazz. Coming to prominence in the 1970s through his work with swing veterans such as Benny Goodman, Vaché has defied stylistic labels. His many recordings include a recent, critically acclaimed release with the Scottish Ensemble; his 2004 CD "Dream Dancing" was awarded the "Grand Prix du Disc" by the Hot Club of France.

 

 

 

Warren Vache

Photo by Ed Berger

 

 

 

March 24 , 2010 - Anat Cohen & Howard Alden
2:00 to 3:30 PM - FREE Admission
John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor, Dana Room
Rutgers University, Newark

Since arriving in New York in 1999, the Israeli-born Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices on saxophone and clarinet of her generation. A prolific composer, she is conversant in a wide range of styles, including jazz, Brazilian choro, and tango. Her debut CD, Place and Time, was named one of All About Jazz-New York's "Best Debut Albums of 2005." She has released four critically acclaimed CDs as a leader, and has led ensembles at major festivals and clubs worldwide. In 2007 and 2008, she won the Downbeat critics’ poll for rising star on clarinet, and was named "Clarinetist of the Year" in the 2009 Jazz Journalists Association Awards.

Howard Alden, according to George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger, is "the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." Born in 1958 in Newport Beach, CA, Howard began playing at age 10. With his arrival in New York City in 1982 his skills as soloist and accompanist were quickly recognized as he played with such artists as Joe Buskin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vaché, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Dizzy Gillespie and others. In the 1990s he released a string of critically acclaimed albums on Concord. His latest CD, with clarinetist Ken Peplowski, is titled Pow Wow (Arbors).

 

 

 

Anat Cohen

Howard Alden

Photos by Ed Berger

 

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NOTE: Jazz Dialogues was made possible by a grant from the Rutgers-Newark Cultural Programming Committee.

For more information on any of these events, please call the Institute of Jazz Studies at 973/353-5595.