Jazz Lab

JazzLab200pxSix free public concerts featuring renowned artists

During New England Conservatory’s Jazz Lab

Sunday, June 26 – Friday, July 1, 2016

Concerts by guest artists including MacArthur Fellow and pianist/composer Ran Blake,

vocalist Dominique Eade, saxophonist/composer Allan Chase, percussionist

Ra-kalam Bob Moses, plus a Jazz Lab Student Performance



Dom_RanNew England Conservatory’s Jazz Lab, a one-week intensive program for students ages 14 – 18, will feature six free concerts from Sunday, June 26 – Friday, July 1. Performing are MacArthur Fellow and composer/pianist Ran Blake, vocalist Dominique Eade, composer/saxophonist Allan Chase, percussionist Ra-kalam Bob Moses, plus an ensemble of Jazz Lab students.

All concerts are free and open to the public. The concert schedule is as follows:



Sun, June 26            Jazz Lab Faculty Showcase                                          Brown Hall

8 p.m.                         Faculty includes Ken Schaphorst, trumpet; Tim Lienhard, trombone;

Dave Zoffer, piano; Rick McLaughlin, bass; Frank Carlberg, piano


Mon, June 27          Vocalist Dominique Eade                                                 Jordan Hall

8 p.m.                         Featuring Frank Carlberg, piano; John Lockwood, bass


Tues, June 28          The Allan Chase Quartet                                                  Jordan Hall

8 p.m.                         Allan Chase, saxophones; Peter Kenagy, trumpet;

Bruno Råberg, bass; Austin McMahon, drums


Wed, June 29          Percussionist Ra-Kalam Bob Moses                           Jordan Hall

8 p.m.                         Featuring the Jazz Lab faculty


Thurs, June 30        Ran Blake’s Summer Noir                                               Jordan Hall

8 p.m.                         Featuring the Jazz Lab faculty


Fri, July 1                  Jazz Lab Student Farewell Concert                               Jordan Hall

1 p.m.                        


KSchaphorstConduct225pxJazz Lab sets out to educate young jazz musicians by promoting artistry, practical training, and creative music making.


During New England Conservatory’s Jazz Lab, students ages 14 — 18 spend a week in the city eating and breathing jazz with some of the best musicians in the country. The one-week intensive program for students from throughout the United States and abroad welcomes instrumentalists, vocalists, and small ensembles.


IMG_0639Jazz Lab faculty include NEC Jazz Studies Department Chair Ken Schaphorst, pianist David Zoffer, bassist Rick McLaughlin, pianist Frank Carlberg and trombonist/Jazz Lab Artistic Director Tim Lienhard. Special guest artists include the legendary pianist Ran Blake, renowned vocalist Dominique Eade, percussionist Rakalam Bob Moses and saxophonist Allan Chase.


TimLienhardIn addition to daily theory/improvisation classes, small ensemble coaching, and one on one instruction, Jazz Lab will feature seminars in entrepreneurship and training for careers in music. NEC jazz alumni talk about what it takes to promote music, produce concerts, build a private teaching studio and find success as a 21st century jazz musician. Faculty will also instruct students on applying to conservatories, schools of music and universities; what to look for in potential colleges and techniques for a successful audition.


bob-moses-300x400NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became President of the Conservatory in 1967, the Jazz Studies faculty has included six MacArthur “genius” grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters, and alumni that reads like a who’s who of jazz. The program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers. As Mike West writes in JazzTimes: “NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world; so says the roster of visionary artists that have comprised both its faculty and alumni.” The program currently has 95 students; 48 undergraduate and 47 graduate students from 13 countries.




Press release by Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications