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NEC Jazz Orchestra to Feature Concert Broadcast with Ken Schaphorst on May 6

May 4, 2021

The NEC Jazz Orchestra celebrates the music of Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst in their final concert of the season. The program includes Schaphorst’s compositions “Charlie Parker’s Tuxedo,” “Omega Man,” “Sleepwalkers,” “Blues Almighty,” and “Mbira,” as well as his arrangements of Mingus’s “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments,” Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could […]

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New England Conservatory Announces 2021 Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients for its 150th Commencement Ceremony

April 30, 2021

Boston’s New England Conservatory announced plans for its 150th commencement ceremony. It’s set for May 23, and a streamed pre-commencement concert will showcase graduating NEC students from the classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 22. Mavis Staples, gospel and soul singer, is the commencement speaker. Those receiving honorary degrees include Carl J. Atkins, Founding […]

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Julian Lage, Melissa Aldana and Marshall Gilkes Join New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Faculty

April 27, 2021

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has appointed three internationally acclaimed artists – guitarist Julian Lage, saxophonist Melissa Aldana and trombonist Marshall Gilkes – to join the jazz faculty beginning in the fall of 2021.

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NEC to Celebrate Ran Blake’s 85th Birthday from March 22-24

March 19, 2021

New England Conservatory’s Department of Contemporary Improvisation will celebrate Chair Emeritus Ran Blake with Portrait of Ran Blake: Celebrating 85 Years from Monday, March 22 to Wednesday, March 24, 2021. The streaming events will include interviews on March 22 and 23 and a concert March 24. More details from NEC ( An internationally acclaimed performer, […]

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New England Conservatory Alumni Win Grow Your Art Grants

March 10, 2021

New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship team announced the winners of this year’s Grow Your Art grants. Totaling $13,500, the grants have been awarded to NEC alumni Emily Eng, Darynn Dean, Rafael Natan, and Linda Numagami.

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Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra to Perform on March 10

February 19, 2021

Multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform on March 10. Schneider has also been working with NEC students recently through Grow Your Art, a collaborative music and business residency and performance series on March 2, 3 & 4.

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