April, 2016


TONIGHT @ 6:30pm
Jazz Boston Honors
Arnette, Blake, & Haynes 

Honoring a trio of living legends – vocalist Mae Arnette; composer, educator, and pianist Ran Blake; and drummer Roy Haynes – with a panel discussion and a musical tribute by drummer Yoron Israel‘s quartet featuring saxophonist Lance Bryant, pianist Laszlo Gardony, and bassist Henry Lugo, along with special guests including vocalist Dominique Eade and cornetist Graham Haynes, Roy’s son.

April 29, 6:30 p.m.
$5-$10 (Buy tickets HERE)
Museum of African American History
46 Joy St.
Beacon Hill, Boston


Boston Globe Preview Article by Kevin Lowenthal from April 26, 2016

(Photo by Michael Jackson)
Chicago Review
by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson‘s beautiful article on Ran Blake‘s first Chicago performance in 26 years!

“Resting on a bench backstage, resembling a silver version of Daniel Day-Lewis, the veteran pianist hosted local admirers, who stood respectfully back as if being received by a deity. Included in the throng were poet and writer Art Lange, who produced Ghost Tones and clarinetist James Falzone, who studied at NEC in the late ’90s with Blake and was his teaching assistant for six months.

After being happily reunited with his mentor after a decade, Falzone commented, ‘Ran’s sonic journey is immediately apparent in his playing. Every note is honest, intentional and reflective of his life. As his student I learned not to emulate Ran-who can?-but how to reflect my own sonic journey into the music I make. This was not found in any syllabus but in Ran’s persona and in the music itself, which holds many charms.'”

(Quotes taken by Ann Braithwaite)


This Summer Sign Up for NEC’s Jazz Lab!
Sunday, June 26 through
Friday, July 1, 2016

Jazz Lab is a program that is designed for students ages 14-18 that emulates the NEC college experience, providing the opportunity for motivated students to spend a week on campus performing with like-minded musicians, working one on one with world class faculty, and learning in a fun, laid back atmosphere while taking their abilities to the next level. The program features daily classes in jazz theory and ear training, improvisation, small ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts.

This year’s renowned guest artists, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Allan Chase, and Rakalam Bob Moses will not only have an impact on participants through their innovative teaching, but with their spectacular performances throughout the week.

Questions? Contact jazzlab@necmusic.edu

Click HERE to read more about Jazz Lab and see the full calendar!

Click HERE to register now!

Concerts in May, 2016
As the New England Conservatory’s academic year wraps up there are many wonderful student recitals happening. Practically every day in May one may walk into any of NEC’s beautiful halls to hear creative and inspiring music performed by our very talented students. Best of all, the concerts are free! If you haven’t attended student recitals before, I highly recommend you check the calendar and try to make at least a couple of evenings this year.