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(Published: April 07, 2012)

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music closes out it's banner year on Wednesday, April 25th,, 2012, 7:30pm at Tishman Auditorium with a special anniversary LEGACY concert featuring the community of pioneering artists and future musical legends celebrating 25 years of creative excellence.

The evening will include performances by faculty members, alumni and NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Owens and Frank Wess and include trumpet battles amongst faculty masters Charles Tolliver and Cecil Bridgewater. Alumni trumpeter/arranger Kenyatta Beasley will lead a fitting tribute to former faculty members closely associated with the earlier days of The New School, Frank Foster and Benny Powell - which includes many new school alumni such as Keith Loftis, Casey Benjamin, Josh Ginsberg, Marcus Baylor among others. They will also be joined by Billy Harper on tenor sax and Rory Stuart on guitar. Fresh off the heals of their recently released debut album, Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, the group is composed of alumni who met while attending The New School and this concert signals the progression of the music to the younger generation. Vilner also reflects the deep connection the New School has to Israel, of which 9% of the current study body is composed of.

In addition, in between sets will be brief piano duos between Junior Mance, former faculty and Michi Fuji (violin, alum) and Andy Milne, faculty with the harmonicist Gregoire Maret (harmonica, alum), who is celebrating his latest critically acclaimed debut album.

Executive Director of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Martin Mueller reiterates, "This concert celebrates a stunning musical history of jazz throughout our 25 years at the New School and confirms the future in the hands and hearts of the next generations of artists. The historic Tishman auditorium stage has presented a Jazz pantheon of everyone from Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie to Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman and this night continues that tradition in recognizing our legacy and presenting current stellar faculty and alumni. I know Dizzy would be proud!"

Each set will be approximately 20 minutes as follows:

Tribute to Frank Foster / Benny Powell
Led by Kenyatta Beasley, arranger/trumpet with:

Keith Loftis, tenor/soprano sax
Casey Benjamin, alto sax
Chris Stover, trombone
Martha Kato, piano
Josh Ginsberg, bass
Marcus Baylor, drums
Special Guest Billy Harper, tenor sax
Special Guest Rory Stuart, guitar


Trumpet Battle
Led by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens, trumpet with:
Charles Tolliver, trumpet
Cecil Bridgewater, trumpet
JoAnn Brackeen, piano
Tony Lannen, bass
TBA) drums


New School, New Traditions
With the Eyal Vilner Big Band (and special guest, NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess, saxophone):

Mike McGarill, alto/flute
Sharel Cassity, alto/clarinet
Lucas Pino, tenor/clarinet
Asaf Yuria, tenor
Jason Marshall, Bari/bass clarinet
Cameron Johnson, trumpet
Takuya Kuroda, trumpet/flugelhorn
Yonatan Riklis, piano
Joe Strasser, drums
Brianna Thomas, vocal

This intimate evening will take place at The New School's Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, NYC 10011, 212 -229-5488. Tickets are $30 for general admission with no reserved seating and may be purchased in person at The New School Box Office at 66 West 12th Street, main floor (Monday-Thursday 4-7pm + Friday 3-6pm). Reservations and inquiries can be made by emailing boxoffice@newschool.edu or calling 212.229.5488.

The concert is the final in a series in celebration of the New School's 25th Anniversary year which included the opening concert of Joshua Redman + Brad Mehldau in Duo, a joint Mannes/ New School Jazz percussion concert on November 8th, 2011, a Fall 2011 joint collaboration with the National Jazz Museum of Harlem entitled 'Harlem Speaks', and a year-long series entitled 'Jazz Presents' which will include three concerts in the fall led by NSJCM faculty (Jane Ira Bloom Nov 17, Chris Stover Oct 26, Amy London Dec 14) and 3 concerts in the Spring (Hal Galper March 6, Kenyatta Beasley, plus a special NSJCM Faculty Collective show).

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