The Brown Jazz Band, directed by Matthew McGarrell, will honor BJB graduating seniors Aaron Colonnese, Alexandra Ertman, Yale Friend, Emilia Halvorsen, Tim Peltier, and Nate Weir in a special concert featuring pieces performed throughout the past year in concerts on campus and during its recent tour to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Admission is free and open to the public.
THE BROWN JAZZ BAND
Central to Brown’s jazz program is the twenty-member big band. It consists of five woodwind players (who play saxophones most of the time), ten brass players (five trumpets and five trombones), two vocalists and a “rhythm section” of piano, bass, drums and guitar. This arrangement of musicians has been the traditional jazz “big band” format since the days of the great Ellington, Basie and Goodman bands in the 1930s The band’s repertoire has included classic jazz pieces by such composers as Duke Ellington (at a collaborative retrospective of Ellington’s music with the Brown Dance Extension) as well as modern jazz works by Thad Jones, Herbie Hancock, Bob Minzer, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Dave Holland. World class musicians such as James Moody, Carl Fontana, Rick Margitza, Dave Pietro, Gerald Wilson, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Dick Hyman, Annie Ross, Tito Puente, Joe Henderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Slide Hampton, Gary Burton, Phil Markowitz, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Ingrid Jensen, Conrad Herwig, Eldar Djangirov, Jim Doherty, Anat Cohen, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Melissa Aldana , Barry Harris, Thomas Bergeron, David Friedman, Monty Alexander, Dick Oats, Ricardo Pons, and Gerry Mulligan have performed with the Brown Jazz Band in concerts on campus and in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montreal, New York (in Carnegie Hall), London and in Tokyo (at Suntory Hall), Hiroshima, Gotenba, Japan, as well as Amsterdam (at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the renowned jazz club Bimhuis) and in Madrid, Spain (at the jazz club Clamores, and at the Unversidad de Alcala de Heneres). In recent years, the Jazz Band has traveled to Rome, Italy, Coimbra, Portugal, Reykjavik, Iceland, Dublin, Ireland, Berlin, Germany, Havana, Cuba and San Juan, Puerto Rico.