Jon Faddis and Tim Hagans Join Justin DiCioccio and the MSM Jazz Philharmonic on October 18
The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic, conducted by Justin DiCioccio, joined by guest artists, Trumpeters Jon Faddis and Tim Hagans, will be showcasing two rarely performed jazz orchestral works on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the School's Borden Auditorium. Don Sebesky's Bird and Béla in B-Flat opens the concert showcasing guest artist Jon Faddis. Mr. Faddis was featured on the work's only recording, released on the Blue Note label, winning a Grammy in 2001. The concert's second half will feature Bob Belden's Black Dahlia with Tim Hagans joining as guest artist. Mr. Hagans was featured as the trumpet soloist on the recording of Black Dahlia (Blue Note, 2000).
Bird and Béla in B-Flat is an imaginary meeting between Charlie "Bird" Parker and Béla Bartók in the form of a concerto for jazz quintet and orchestra that will also showcase MSM alto saxophonist Matt Woroshyl. Sebesky composed Bird and Béla in B-Flat in 1983, during a particularly prolific period in his career as a composer for film, television and Broadway, and considers this work to be among his most ambitious. He states,"The primary objective of any serious composer is the creation of a personal musical language - a form of expression which enables one to communicate with one's fellow men on the deepest level and, paradoxically, at the same time sets that composer apart, marking him or her as a separate individual. Bird and Béla was a major step in that long process of finding my own voice." This three-movement work in a concerto form pays tribute to his musical idols: the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and Charlie "Bird" Parker.
Black Dahlia is a recreation of Bob Belden's Grammy Award-winning jazz orchestral recording "Black Dahlia." Adam Larson, MSM tenor saxophonist will be showcased. The inspiration for Bob Belden's 12-movement orchestral suite Black Dahlia's came from James Ellroy's novel of the same name. The work, a film noir in sound and music, took three years to compose and combines musical drama with large-scale orchestration scored for a symphony orchestra.
Tickets, priced at $12; $7 for seniors and students are required. For information, please contact the Manhattan School of Music Box Office at 917 493 4428 or at www.msmnyc.edu. Manhattan School of Music is located at the northwest corner of 122nd Street and Broadway, and is accessible by public transportation.