Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Present MUSIC OF THE MASTERS FOR THE MASTERS, 10/23
The multi-Latin Grammy-nominated MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA conducted by BOBBY SANABRIA will perform Music of the Masters For the Masters on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the School's Borden Auditorium. Please see the program below that features music composed for masters including, Dave Brubeck, Jerry Gonzalez, Hermeto Pascoal, Don Ellis, Frank Zappa, Wes Montgomery and Freddie Hubbard. A world premiere and a New York premiere will also be featured - Jeremy Fletcher's "for fathers everywhere" will receive its world premiere and Andrew Neesley's Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite will be heard in New York for the first time.
El Vito en el Congo Miguel Blanco, for Jerry Gonzalez
Quién Sabe? Scott Ninmer, for Hermeto Pascoal
The Griot's Tale Eugene Marlow, for Frank Zappa and Don Ellis
Niños Jeremy Fletcher, for fathers everywhere (World premiere)
Mi Cosa Alyssa Mehnert, for Wes Montgomery
A Smile for Everyone Eugene Marlow, for everyone
Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite Andrew Neesley, for Freddie Hubbard (New York premiere)
The concert opens with Miguel Blanco's El Vito en el Congo composed for Jerry Gonzalez, a Nuyorican trumpeter, and conguero. This work utilizes a rhythm with roots from Nigeria with the Yoruba people and brought to Cuba during the colonial period - bembé. It features the beaded hollowed-out gourds known as shekeres, which are the domain of Ochun, the Yoruba Goddess of beauty and rivers. A combination of a giant maraca and drum, their rhythms speak to us with messages from the orishas (Gods) who manipulate the divine force known as aché. Bobby Sanabria
Quién Sabe? follows, composed by MSM graduate and trombonist Scott Ninmer, who was also a former member of the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. This work pays homage to Hermeto Pascoal and evokes several Northern Brazilian rhythms (maxixe and baion) combined with a touch of samba from Rio in a transitional section for soloists.
Jerry Fletcher says about his composition, Strange Meadow Lark for Dave Brubeck, "Two events contributed to the creation of this arrangement of Dave Brubeck's Strange Meadow Lark. First, Chick Corea and Gary Burton released a CD of duos entitled Hot House in 2012 that included a version of Strange Meadow Lark. After listening to this, I was reminded of what a great song it was, and that it was not just a B-side sandwiched between Blue Rondo a la Turk and Take Five on the 1959 album Time Out.