This is going to be a big one.
From the first talkie to the sulky background music of film noir, jazz and American movies really do go hand-in-hand. Jazz music and jazz artists have played an important role in America’s popular culture, as motion pictures have documented for generations of audiences, so our season opener on October 8 will celebrate jazz in film. “Moores School of Music: Jazz at the Movies” will feature not only the well-known classics, but also offer some new arrangements and different interpretations of classic film scores for big band. All this (and some other surprises) will help bring the movies to life in a unique concert experience that you won’t want to miss.
Program is as follows (in no particular order):
“As Time Goes By” – arr. Don Schamber (from Casablanca)
“Blues in Hoss Flat” – Frank Foster (from The Errand Boy)
“Cinema” – arr. Ryan Gabbart (featuring themes from Taxi Driver, You Only Live Twice, Chinatown, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
“Film Noir, Part II” – Chris Walden
“Moon River” – arr. Frank Mantooth (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
“Salsation” – arr. Horace Alexander Young (from Saturday Night Fever)
“Sherlock Holmes” – arr. Gerald Massoud (from Sherlock Holmes)
“Sunny Ray” – Ray Santos (from The Mambo Kings)
We’re nearly there: summertime. The Moores School of Music summer schedule always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of TMF is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department will again host our annual jazz institute for high school students.
The TMF Jazz Institute is a week-long, intensive program for younger players with an interest in learning about and performing jazz music. Students are given the chance to rehearse and workshop with some of the best professional musicians from across Houston culminating in a big band performance under the direction of MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.
In addition to daily rehearsal, our afternoon class schedule includes:
- Instrumental sectionals with Houston’s top professional jazz players
- Music theory: the building blocks of music, learning jazz nomenclature, chords and scales
- Jazz improvisation: applying theory to your instrument, learning basic soloing techniques
- Masterclass jam sessions where our talented faculty gets a chance to show off their skills in an unrehearsed concert
We are always excited to be able to offer this course each summer. The TMF Jazz Institute is a great way for any aspiring young musician to get ahead in their pursuit of a musical career.
For details and application information, click here.
As if our semester wasn’t already loaded up with impressive guest artists…
The trumpet powerhouse that is Wayne Bergeron will be visiting Houston this week to perform with the MSM Jazz Orchestra at the Katy Jazz Festival on Friday, April 26 at 7:30p. Wayne Bergeron stands out as a god among regular trumpet players for his extraordinary abilities as a lead player, soloist and session musician working in the recording and film industry. If you have watched a major motion picture or live television in the past twenty years, there is a good chance that you are already familiar with Bergeron’s trumpet solos. His website boasts a healthy resume of his credits. Here’s an example of another day at the office for Bergeron as he overdubs a solo for “Scooby Doo”:
As always, we are honored to be able to perform with a masterful musician. Bergeron’s presence and his years of professional experience are essential to our students’ education. We are fortunate to be able to provide an evening of first-class entertainment with such talented musicians for you to enjoy.
Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra with Wayne Bergeron
Friday, April 26 at 7:30p
Katy Jazz Festival (ticket info / map)
Quantum Mechanics opens
Program is as follows (in no particular order):
Woody’s Gold Star – John Fedchock
A Game of Inches - Gordon Goodwin
Friend Like Me – arr. Bill Liston
High Clouds & A Chance of Wayne Tonight – Tom Kubis
You Go to My Head – J. Fred Coots, arr. Tom Kubis
Farewell to Birdland – Neal Finn
Besame Mucho – Consuelo Velázquez, arr. Steve Wiest
From April 9-16, our Vacek Jazz Artist Residency welcomes the great saxophonist, Bill Evans. The last time Evans visited MSM, he gave a thrilling performance at our 2009 jazz festival. He made such an impression on our students and guests that the jazz department has been eagerly anticipating his return ever since. This time, he will be expanding on his methods of improvisation and performance practice with our students for a whole week. His latest efforts in jazz education can be found at Truefire as part of their ongoing lessons and workshop series. Here’s a clip:
We could not be more happy to welcome Bill Evans back to MSM and we hope that you will take part in making his residency an educational and joyful one.
All Vacek Jazz Artist Residency events are for the purpose of musical education and are therefore open to the public at no cost, unless otherwise noted. We invite all music educators and students to come take part in an inspirational week of jazz.
Lew Soloff (Photo credit: nadworks)
February 22 & 23, 2013
Holy smokes, this is going to be a great one! We are welcoming back the great Lew Soloff to MSM and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Lew gave one of the best performances in the history of our jazz festival the last time he visited in 2004. He is not only a trumpet player of tremendous talent, but also someone who brings some of the best music you will hear performed by a big band. Click here for the write-up by the UH Communication School’s Mike Emery.
Friday evening’s concert will showcase The Texas Music Festival Jazz Project, a big band made up of Texas-based jazz professionals, while Saturday evening’s performance belongs to Lew Soloff with the MSM Jazz Orchestra.* It promises to be an exciting event full of masterful musicianship, education and great jazz. If you are a student, teacher, professional musician or just a jazz fan we guarantee that you will not want to miss this weekend’s activities!
The Moores School of Music Jazz Festival features performances from middle and high schools throughout the day as well as two free clinics with Lew Soloff and the Jazz Orchestra at noon each day. No admission fee is required to observe these school performances or clinics.
*Purchase tickets to all evening events by clicking here, both concerts will start at 7:30p.
Click here for more information on the festival, including schedule, ticket information and details on how your school can participate.