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Gerry Mulligan Tribute Concert
(Published: February 13, 2012)

Juilliard Jazz presents a special evening featuring the music of the legendary Gerry Mulligan performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and conducted by James Burton III, with guest artist, baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, on Wednesday, February 29 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The Gerry Mulligan Tribute Concert celebrates the creation of the first Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship. Also as part of this special evening, one of Gerry Mulligan's baritone saxophones will be donated to Juilliard. Juilliard Jazz student, saxophonist Jordan Pettay, is the first recipient of the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship and will be performing with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra that evening.

The program includes original compositions by Mr. Mulligan: Bweebida Bobbida; Festive Minor; Walk on the Water; Walking Shoes; Maytag; [Intermission] Line for Lyons; Ballad (arranged by
Bob Brookmeyer); Jeru; Venus de Milo; Etude for Franca; and K-4 Pacific.

As one of the foremost baritone saxophonists in jazz history, Gerry Mulligan was a mentor to Gary Smulyan, whose CD Plays Mulligan in 1998, also paid homage to the late saxophonist. "I'm honored to be part of this tribute to Gerry Mulligan," said Gary Smulyan. "He was one of the most influential jazz baritone saxophonists of all time. He also was an amazing composer and arranger."

Members of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra are: Jordan Pettay and Braxton Cook (alto saxophone); Morgan Jones and Chase Baird (tenor saxophone); Anthony Orji (baritone saxophone); Joseph Boga, Alphonso Horne, Gabriel Medd, Riley Mulherkar, and Enrique Sanchez (trumpets); Andrew Clausen, Nicholas Finzer, Joseph McDonough, and Javier Nero (trombones); Alex Wintz, guitar; Samora Pinderhughes, piano; Robert Bickley, bass; and Carmen Intorre (drums). Brandon Lee is assistant conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

FREE tickets will be available beginning February 15 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer
Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) occupies a unique place in the American musical scene. As composer, arranger, saxophonist, and conductor, he played a vital role in the history of modern jazz and contemporary music. As one of the great jazz innovators, his writing and playing influenced entire stylistic movements, including both "cool jazz" and "bossa nova." Gerry Mulligan performed with such jazz immortals as Louis Armstrong,
Count Basie, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday. He also wrote for musicals, symphony orchestra, and chamber orchestra. He was consistently voted number one in jazz polls around the world and won a record forty-two consecutive DownBeat Readers Poll Awards. In 1999, the Library of Congress celebrated the opening of the permanent exhibit of the Gerry Mulligan Collection, housed in a special room at the entrance to the Performing Arts Reading Room in the Music Division, in the James Madison Memorial Building.

The Tribute Concert celebrates the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship, established by the Gerry and Franca Mulligan Foundation, a charitable organization, to support young musicians and to perpetuate the music of Gerry Mulligan. The permanently-endowed scholarship will be awarded annually to a Juilliard Jazz student - a saxophonist or composer - and the recipient will include Gerry Mulligan's compositions in performance or recital. Juilliard is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship is Juilliard saxophonist Jordan Pettay.

Please visit www.juilliard.edu/mulliganscholarship for more information and to make a contribution to the Gerry & Franca Mulligan Scholarship.

More Information: http://www.juilliard.edu

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