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MSM Jazz Orchestra performs Clare Fischer's EXTENSION, FEB 28
(Published: February 26, 2014)

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC presents
The MSM JAZZ ORCHESTRA, JUSTIN DI CIOCCIO, conductor
performs
Clare Fischer's Extension
This 1963 magnum opus brings together the composer's many influences into a
bold and timeless innovative work.

The MSM Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Justin DiCioccio, will be performing Clare Fischer's masterpiece,
Extension, on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the School's Borden Auditorium. This work, composed in 1958 in four months and consisting of eight sections, was recorded in 1963 on the Pacific Jazz album. It was reissued on CD in 2002 as America the Beautiful, and again in 2012 as Extension. Troy Collins reviewed the 2012 reissue for All About Jazz and said, "a majestic culmination of his concepts, drawing upon myriad influences, including rich Ellingtonian voicings, the angular harmonic intervals of bebop, and bold modernist innovations proffered by classical composers such as Béla Bartók, and Dmitri Shostakovich."

Clare Fischer, b. October 22, 1928 - d. January 26, 2012, was a prolific composer working for more than 60 years as an arranger, bandleader and keyboardist active in jazz, R&B (arranger for Chaka Kahn) and pop music (arranger for Prince) as well as with Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Celine Dion, and others. He worked with Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie and was a major influence to Herbie Hancock.

Clare Fischer was awarded two posthumous Grammy Awards, the latest this past February. Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra won this year's Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. It is featured on the Clare Fischer Orchestra album, "MUSIC FOR STRINGS, PERCUSION AND THE REST," recorded in the months before his passing in January 2012.

In 2009, Justin DiCioccio and the MSM Concert Jazz Band commemorated two Clare Fischer anniversaries with concerts - his 81st birthday and the 40th anniversary of the release of Thesaurus.

Tickets are required for the MSM Jazz Orchestra: $12; $7 for seniors and students. Manhattan School of Music is located at the northwest corner of 122nd Street and Broadway, and is accessible by public transportation. For information, call 917 493 4428 or visit www.msmnyc.edu.

The MSM Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Justin DiCioccio, performs regularly with major artists such as Eliane Elias, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, and Phil Woods. They have appeared at jazz festivals including Montreux, Umbria, and the North Sea, as well as at the Clinton White House with David Sanborn, and numerous jazz education conferences. They have also been heard at New York City jazz clubs including the Jazz Standard, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola as well as at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium performing a children's concert. For the Jazzheads label they have released a box set of the critically acclaimed Miles Davis-Gil Evans trilogy, Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain, with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman performing the Miles Davis' trumpet solos on the saxophone.

Manhattan School of Music is one of the first conservatories in the United States to acknowledge the importance of jazz as an art form by establishing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in jazz. It is also one of the richest programs of its kind, thanks to systematic and rigorous conservatory training combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City. In addition to a variety of small combos, student performing ensembles include the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Philhar¬monic, and Chamber Jazz Orchestra. Under the leadership of longtime faculty member and eminent jazz artist-and-educator Justin DiCioccio, the program strives to produce students who perform, compose, and teach with equal facility and passion.

The Jazz Arts Administrative team includes Justin DiCioccio, Associate Dean and Chair; Chris Rosenberg, Manager of Jazz Administration; Stephanie Crease, Senior Coordinator; and Andrew Neesley, Assistant Coordinator.

Justin DiCioccio, Associate Dean and Chair of MSM's Jazz Arts Program, is internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time. He recently became Acting Dean of the True School of Music (TSM), an innovative new music school in Mumbai, India, that opens in September 2013. His inventive approach as an educator has earned him the title "the musician's teacher," and his many performances, conducting appearances, jazz and percussion clinics, and workshops are widely recognized in the professional and educational fields. Mr. DiCioccio was inducted into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame, has served as program director and clinician for Carnegie Hall Jazz Education, acts as a consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis and is conductor of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. He developed and directed the LaGuardia High School of the Arts jazz program, the first fully accredited secondary jazz program in the United States. Mr. DiCioccio is the recipient of a citation from the mayor of New York for "Distinguished and Exceptional Service to Young Instrumentalists" and is active with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Music for Youth Foundation, the National Young Arts Organization and the National Foundation for Jazz Education. He is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in the jazz field by the U.S. Department of Education. In May 1998, the Commission Project, in partnership with the New York City Board of Education, created the JD Award for Outstanding Service to Music in New York City Schools. On March 1, 2010, he was confirmed as the State Department Appointed Cultural Envoy Jazz Ambassador to Tbilisi, Georgia. Mr. DiCioccio's performing and conducting credentials include concerts, commercials, Broadway shows, and recordings with jazz, orchestral, rock, and new music groups. Over the years he has worked with acclaimed art¬ists, including Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Phil Woods, Stan Getz, and Clark Terry, among others. Mr. DiCioccio is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic and for five years was a member of the Marine Band "The President's Own," in which he served as the official White House drummer during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Justin DiCioccio was named Chair of MSM's Jazz Arts Program in 1999 and Associate Dean in 2011. He has been a member of its faculty since 1984.

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

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Manhattan School of Music


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