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First concert of the season to feature “Jazz at the Movies”

8 Sep

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.

October 8, 7:30p
Moores School of Music Opera House
You can buy tickets online here or at the box office on the evening of the concert

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)

Concert with Wayne Bergeron, April 26

24 Apr

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.

Details:
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 BirdlandNeal Finn
Besame Mucho – Consuelo Velázquez, arr. Steve Wiest

A real live one – The 15th Moores School of Music Annual Jazz Festival

17 Feb
Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff (Photo credit: nadworks)

featuring Lew Soloff

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.

There are so many events to look forward to in 2013

10 Dec

The 2012-13 school year has seen unprecedented growth in the MSM jazz department. Beginning this fall, the initiation of a jazz combo program has established two more  permanent jazz ensembles that rehearse and perform each semester and the Vacek Jazz Artist Residency brought a new depth to our curriculum with lectures, lessons and performances from a visiting jazz artist for a week. That is already, by most accounts, quite a bit.

But there is so much more going on in 2013.

We are kicking off the spring semester with our annual jazz festival, now in its 15th year. On February 22 & 23, we welcome back Mr. Lew Soloff, who is probably best known for his time with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Lew Soloff’s career goes much further and deeper than that, of course. He has become a musical journeyman and is heard on many recordings that span genre and style. He can do just about anything one can imagine on the trumpet, and we are thrilled to welcome him back. His last appearance at MSM was our jazz festival in 2004 where he gave a remarkable performance and is still probably our favorite jazz festival ever.

Then, from April 9-16, we welcome back Bill Evans, this time for the spring semester’s Vacek Jazz Artist Residency. Bill was our guest artist for the jazz festival in 2009. This time around, he’ll be staying with us for a week, giving lessons to students, leading many of the rehearsals and offering up wisdom that only a seasoned professional can give to eager students. The culmination of this work will be presented in a concert on April 16.

Finally, on April 26, the MSM Jazz Orchestra will perform with the great Wayne Bergeron as part of the Katy Jazz Festival. Trumpet players will surely want to check this out! If you’ve never heard Wayne perform live, then prepare to have your face melted. It’s great fun.

All this, plus the debut of several new works for big band (and big band + orchestra!) in the spring written by our very own MSM students. More on that later. 2013 will be a year characterized by fresh ideas and enthusiasm. We hope that you can join us.

Welcome to fall – First concert is October 9

4 Oct

Ah, yes. Fall is finally here! Houstonians can finally return to the outdoors, enjoy the 6-week “changing of the leaves” and start looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. But most importantly, school is in session, which means that we’re rolling out another busy concert season at The Moores School of Music. October 9 is our first concert and looks to be a superb affair, but this is only preparation for what is to come with the jazz department’s record-setting season! We will have a total of three guest artists performing with the jazz ensembles this year and we are very excited to have secured a permanent guest artist residency program. (details forthcoming)

For now, though, we hope that you will be able to join us as we celebrate the tradition of jazz in yet another concert of firsts. In particular, this concert will premiere a new work by our resident drummer/composer/graduate student, Daniel Webbon, in addition to the ongoing series of Houston premieres for the Radiohead Jazz Project. And as always, there will be surprises. Would you expect anything less?! So please, come one, come all! We are thrilled to be presenting this music in such a great city as Houston during its finest season.

Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera HouseClick here to purchase tickets online.

Program is as follows:

Jazz Ensemble

 Alone Together, arr. Dave Wolpe
Spring Ain’t Here, arr. Bob Curnow
Look for the Silver Lining, arr. Jerry Nowak
Wind Machine, Sammy Nestico

Jazz Orchestra

Maxwell D. Cat, Paul Baker
How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, arr. Mike Crotty
Kid A, arr. Chuck Owen
The Peacocks, arr. Bill Holman
Surrey on the Fringe, arr. Daniel Webbon
Strike Up the Band, arr. Sammy Nestico

2012 spring concert takes place on Wednesday, April 18

13 Apr

It’s our final concert of the 2011-12 school year, so we’re taking it out with a bang. Our season closer will feature both big bands performing several new works. The concert will feature new arrangements based on the music of Radiohead (“There There”) to Tom Harrell (“Blue in One”) and the premiere reworking of an old classic (“Nature Boy”). As always, there will be something for everyone that is a fan of quality jazz music and we hope to see you there. Program and ticket information below.

Infernal Jamnation, Jeff Lopez
Nick Madden, baritone saxophone
Brett Bousley, guitar
Thanushka Lewkebandera, piano

Six P.M., arr. Mark Taylor
Thanushka Lewkebandera, piano
Brett Bousley, guitar
Jacob Starr, tenor saxophone
Alex Johnson, trumpet

Lili’s Song, Paul G. White
Alex Winkler, piano

Six by Six, Doug Beach
Thanushka Lewkebandera, piano
Michael Autry, guitar

Pea Shooter, Jeff Lopez
Zack Woolhouse, tenor saxophone
Chad Tumminello, drums

Sambanice, Rob McConnell
David Ramirez, piano
Ruben Sepulveda, tenor saxophone
Landon Petersen, guitar

Nature Boy, arr. Gerald Massoud
Gerald Massoud, bass

Dearly Beloved, arr. Rich DeRosa
Justin Neumann, baritone saxophone

Blue in One, arr. Ryan Gabbart
Landon Petersen, guitar

There There, arr. James Miley
Darrel Materum, soprano saxophone
Henry Darragh, piano
Cameron Kubos, trumpet

Sister Sadie, arr. Michael Abene
Henry Darragh, piano
Darrel Materum, alto saxophone
Gerald Massoud, bass
Rick Harris, trombone

Concert details

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm
Moores School of Music Opera House
$10 general admission / $5 students
Click here for ticket information and directions

The 2011 Texas Music Festival opens June 7

3 Jun

You won’t ever have a better reason to come out and hear some great jazz music than Tuesday evening (June 7). The 2011 Texas Music Festival will kick off its season with an outdoor party taking place at 6:30 pm in the Moores Opera House courtyard.  This pre-concert event will feature UH students and alums, with pre-concert music provided by the Henry Darragh Quartet. Food will be served from the Camarena Tequila Food Truck, helmed by Chefs Hugo and Ruben Ortega of Hugo’s Restaurant.

The concert will begin in the Moores Opera House at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase here. We are finally selling tickets online!!!

Program is as follows:

Back to Basieques, Matt Catingub
Bolivia, arr. David Metzger
A Child’s Dance, Woody Witt, arr. Aaron Lington
Donnie’s Tempo, Michael Kocour
Evensong, Aaron Lington
Kickin’ and Screamin’, Chuck Owen
The Palmieri Effect, Brian Lynch
Surge, Chuck Owen

Saxophones
David Caceres
Kelly Dean
Woody Witt
Warren Sneed
Karl Fulbright

Trumpets
Gary Weldon
Dennis Dotson
Danny Wilson
Mike Harris

Trombones
Ryan Gabbart
Armin Marmolejo
Ed Lowe
Bruce Melville
Carl Muller

Rhythm Section
Mike Wheeler, guitar
Ken Ward, piano
Anthony Sapp, bass
Joel Fulgham, drums

This will be the Houston premier of the 2011 Texas Music Festival, but for jazz fans outside of Houston, the TMF Jazz Project will perform on Monday, June 6 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M University campus at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by KTSU 90.9 The Choice FM and Defender Network.

Texas Music Festival Summer Jazz Institute, June 12-17

12 May

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but at the Moores School of Music summer always starts with the Texas Music Festival. While the majority of the festival is a workshop for college-level musicians, the jazz department hosts an 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 with some of the best and brightest young performers from across the city in a big band setting under direction by MSM Director of Jazz Studies, Noe Marmolejo.

Afternoon classes include:

  • Instrumental sectionals with some of 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
  • Master class jam sessions: 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.

Spring concert to feature many new works by students and alumni

31 Mar

Aaron Lington Henry Darragh Ryan Gabbart

Spring is here, which means that our concert season and semester are coming to a close here at the Moores School of Music. That’s good news for our students and even better news for our audience. Why, you ask? Because some of the finest performances of the year will close out the season from all departments within the school. If you are able to make it to any of these final concerts, we suggest that you do so! Click here to stay informed.

Coming off a successful and well-attended Jazz Festival, the jazz department’s final concert will feature both jazz ensembles playing a mix of classic and new big band jazz. The concert What we’re most excited about, however, is the inclusion of several new works written by students and alumni of the Moores School of Music.

Last month, Ryan Gabbart was featured as a guest writer for Mike Emery’s Chron.com blog, Creative Pride, and two of the notable “Jazz Cats” mentioned will have their works performed. Henry Darragh’s “Late Night Latin” is a sizzling latin jazz composition in the traditional style, featuring a big brass sound and exciting soli writing for big band. Aaron Lington’s “Evensong” is a new ballad featuring the baritone saxophone that could best be described as music with a brilliant contemporary jazz sound. In addition to this, Gabbart (also a UH alum) will have his new arrangement of Jimmy Garrison’s “Ascendant” performed.

George Heathco Gerald Massoud

Two current Moores School graduate students will also have their works premiered. Bassist Gerald Massoud’s arrangement of the classic “Besame Mucho” is written big band and a vocalist in a 1950s lounge style, but is updated with a fantastic salsa section. George Heathco’s “Shred!” is a modern, complicated piece based on many new progressive rock styles with fantastic results. The composition has proven to be difficult to learn but rewarding in so many ways, both to the musicians and (we think) to the audience as well.

We can guarantee a great evening full of superb music and dedicated musicians who have worked long and hard all year long to prepare their craft for this moment. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we have in preparing this finale.

Concert will take place Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30pm in the Moores Opera HouseTicket information available here, or call (713) 743.3313

Full program (in no particular order):

Toe Be or Not Toe Be, David Metzger
A Little Happiness, Sammy Nestico
Payback, Mike Tomaro
Walkin’ Shoes, Gerry Mulligan
The Easy Swing, Bob Mintzer
Late Night Latin, Henry Darragh
The Game is Over, Jukka Linkola
Ascendant, arr. Ryan Gabbart
Alone Together, arr. Tom Kubis
Besame Mucho, arr. Gerald Massoud
Shred!, George Heathco
Evensong, Aaron Lington
I Ain’t Gonna Ask No More, Toshiko Akiyoshi

Recap: 13th Annual Moores School Jazz Festival

3 Mar

The state of Texas is full of vibrant, young talent. Last weekend was a chance to hear students perform from various middle schools and high schools not only from Houston, but also Alvin, Austin, Freeport, Harlingen and Waller. We hope that students and directors alike enjoyed their experience and were able to gain some helpful information from the clinics of Mr. Noe Marmolejo and our panel of judges: Joel Fulgham, Bobby Guess and Dr. Woody Witt. If  you attended the free afternoon master class with trombone great Andy Martin, then you’ll understand why we put this event on each year. The joy and excitement of making music is something that we try and spread throughout the younger jazz community and it’s encouraging to see such a wonderful response from this audience to such a masterful artist as Mr. Martin.

Thanks to all the schools and directors for participating in this year’s festival. We cannot do this without you. We hope to see you all (and many more) next year!

Outstanding High School of the Festival
Katy High School Jazz Band

Outstanding Middle School of the Festival
Lake Olympia Middle School

Outstanding Soloist of the Festival
Paige Fenderson, Seven Lakes High School

Outstanding High School of Friday
Katy High School Jazz Band

Outstanding Middle School of Friday
Freeport Intermediate

Outstanding Soloist of Friday
Paige Fenderson, Seven Lakes High School

Outstanding High School of Saturday
Anderson High School, Austin, TX

Outstanding Middle School of Saturday
Memorial Middle School I, Harlingen, TX

Outstanding Soloist of Saturday
Willie Britten III, Kashmere High School

All-Star Awards

Alvin High School, dir. Ryan Demkovich
Matthew Mondragon
Wyatt Sustaita

Anderson High School, dir. Adam Wiencken
Patrick Brinkman
Rebecca Teng

Hastings High School, dir. Erich Sonnier & Paul Brodt
Jordan Addison
Hope Atina
Kevin Le
Jamill Montoya
Courtland Stewart

Hightower High School, dir. Eduardo Tito Hernandez
Davonte Jackson
Daniel Ward

HSPVA, dir. Warren Sneed
Jalon Archie
Paul Cornish
John Guttman
Jyron Walls

James E. Taylor High School, dir. Bruce Melville
Juan Perez
Daniel Silliman
Thomas Zak

Kashmere High School, dir. Claude Robinson
Willie Britton III
Joshua Stiegall
Justin Williams

Katy High School, dir. Terence Gorton & Andrew Lee
Blake Meynig
Mickey  Angel

Lake Olympia Middle School, dir. Ray Hundl
Erin Kier
Devin Monroe
Steven Taylor

Memorial Middle School, dir. James Keltner & Julissa Garcia
Miguel Aguilar
Stephen Flores
Myles Rosenbaum
Adrian Vitello
Cecilia Pena

Quail Valley Middle School, dir. Kenny Borak
Fabian Romo

Pasadena High School, dir. Jacob Faske
Fernando Zuniga

Seven Lakes High School, dir. Geroge Archer & Jonathan Yoo
Paige Fenderson
Karen Wylie

Spring High School, dir. Joe Clark
Jacob Cullen
Taji Henley
Jonathan Jones
Theo Meadough
Amber Orosco
Austin Weil

Spring Woods High School, dir. Jeffrey Munger
Kierra Dotson

Waltrip High School, dir. Charlie Stephens & Jesse Espinoza
Daniel Covarrubias
Mike Pyankovsky
Harold Sedano
Greg Vega

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