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MIT Jazz Program Marks 50th with Chick Corea Premiere

Jazzed Magazine • News • February 8, 2013

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This year, MIT Music and Theater Arts is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its jazz program. Over the years, the MIT jazz groups included the MIT Dance Orchestra, the MIT Techtonians, and the MIT Jazz Society. On campus performances were presented by MIT student ensembles as well as by professional artists such as Stan Getz and John Coltrane. Under the leadership of Herb Pomeroy, the jazz program at MIT flourished. The Festival Jazz Ensemble (as it was renamed) rose to national prominence with its participation at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and in the Notre Dame and Villanova Jazz Festivals.

Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master and recipient of 18 Grammy awards, is composing a work for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (Frederick Harris, Jr., director). The commissioned piece, which was funded by the Council for the Arts at MIT, will be premiered on April 27th at Kresge Auditorium, (84 Mass. Ave., Cambridge) in a Gala Concert that will also feature Steve Kuhn. Admission is free in advance and $5 at the door. Tickets are available at

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