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2nd Annual Jazz Festival at Yale Feb 7-9
(Published: February 02, 2014)

The Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective is very excited to announce the second annual Jazz Festival at Yale for the weekend of February 7-9, a student-organized celebration of jazz. All events are open to the public and are free of charge with no ticket required.

The Jazz Collective aims to create jazz opportunities through our mission of "promoting a community of music education and exposure on and beyond Yale's Campus as well as lobbying for a formal jazz curriculum at Yale." We organize numerous concerts and jam sessions with local and undergraduate musicians, serve as the hub of Yale's jazz community, encourage students to form combos, and more. You can read more about us at our website http://www.yale.edu/jazzcollective/ or in the Yale Daily News.

Last year, as part of this mission, we brought pianist and Yale alumnus Vijay Iyer to campus for the Jazz Festival at Yale. This year, we are proud to bring the Festival into its second year, inviting organist/pianist Cory Henry, steel-drummer Andy Akiho, and saxophonist/flautist Paul Lieberman to campus. The Festival will feature performances and talks.

Cory Henry is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has played with a diverse array of musicians, ranging from P. Diddy to Snarky Puppy to Kenny Garrett. His impeccable organ technique has won him accolades throughout the jazz world. Known for his collaborations, his work as a producer, and his albums as bandleader, Henry is certainly a shining new face on the jazz scene whose acclaim continues to grow. At this year's Jazz Festival, he will present an intimate duo performance with drummer Carlin White.

Andy Akiho is a steel pan player and composer whom the New York Times has acclaimed as "mold-breaking" and "vital." He will come back to his alma mater to perform with a quartet comprised partially of Yale alumni and School of Music students. Akiho's music is surprising and boundary-breaking and will make for a fascinating performance. He will present a masterclass the following day on his views on music. We are very grateful that the Traphagen Fund will be funding the concert and talk.

Paul Lieberman is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist of whom Gil Evans said, "Everything he plays sounds right." After earning his BA at Yale, Lieberman went on to become a staple of the Brazilian jazz scene, playing with artists such as Floria Purim and Airto Moreira. He will perform in an exciting concert with the Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas Duffy. Lieberman is a jazz educator who taught on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, and he will teach a masterclass following the concert.

As all events are funded through the generous donations from Yale sources and local businesses, admission to all events will be entirely free with no ticket required. We are very excited to make all these events freely accessible to the public and encourage members of the Yale community and the New Haven, Connecticut, New York Metropolitan areas to attend!

More Information: http://www.yale.edu/jazzcollective

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