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NEC Presents Final Youth Jazz Orch Performance

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 16, 2014

New England Conservatory Prep presents the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst in a concert featuring a wide selection of music by composers Randy Weston, Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Thad Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and more, all performed by middle and high school students in the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra.  The free concert takes place on Tuesday, May 20 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Founded in 2008 by NEC Jazz Studies Department chair Ken Schaphorst, the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra is the only community jazz orchestra of its kind in the Boston area, open by audition to all musicians high school age or younger. The ensemble strives to give young musicians opportunities to learn and perform together in an environment of high expectations and standards.

The evening’s repertoire includes Ken Schaphorst’s Blink; Tony Williams’ Sister Cheryl arranged by the Youth Jazz Orchestra; Randy Weston’s Sweet Meat; Donny McCaslin’s Second Line Sally arranged by Ken Schaphorst; Down by the Riverside a traditional piece arranged by Oliver Nelson; Thad Jones’ Three and One; Dizzy Gillespie’s Con Alma, arranged by Ken Schaphorst; Quincy Jones’ Quintessence; and Tito Puente’s Oye Como Va.

http://necmusic.edu/nec-youth-jazz-orchestra-schaphorst

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