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Somi in the Studio, Brooklyn, New York

From our friends in the CFA:

Superb jazz chanteuse Somi blends modern jazz, African music, and the singer-songwriter tradition, combining the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with her as an African and American woman. An Illinois-born resident of Harlem, she is the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda. Highly regarded as both a scholar and artist, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow and the founder of New Africa Live, a nonprofit that champions African artists.

Date: Friday, October 13
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (reserved seating)

David Davis: “Sax in the City”

cfa charmagne trippFrom the CFA:

R&B/jazz saxophonist and producer David Davis will be joined by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Charmagne Tripp, who wrote and sang the hook for Eminem’s single “We Made You.” Mr. David and Ms. Tripp collaborated to create the album “This Christmas.” The duo will be performing new original songs from Mr. Davis’ upcoming release, as well as some of their favorite covers.

Date: Sunday, January 31
Time: 3-4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)

Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Gerald Cannon and Herlin Riley

nicholas payton trioThe submission we got from the CFA was literally one sentence, so this is copied from the CFA page for this event:

Grammy Award-winning trumpet virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton was born into a musical family in New Orleans. After touring with Elvin Jones, Mr. Payton made his major-label recording debut as a leader in 1994. Since then, Mr. Payton has consistently committed himself to developing his distinct voice and forging new musical frontiers. At Wesleyan, Mr. Payton will perform on trumpet, piano, and Fender Rhodes with his Trio featuring bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Herlin Riley.

Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman will speak before the concert at 7:15 PM.

Date: Friday, September 18
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $27 general public; $25 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble


c/o Kate Ten Eyck

The Music Department and CFA present the world premiere of the extended work “The Rock and the Redemption” by the Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble as conclusion of the 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

The Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble is the flagship ensemble of Resonant Motion, and includes vibraphonist Chris Dingman ’02, alto saxophonist/flutist Kris Allen, cellist/vocalist Melanie Hsu ’13, bassist Henry Lugo,  Private Lessons Teacher and drummer Bill Carbone MA ’07, Ph.D. Candidate; and vocalists Latanya FarrellClaire Randall ’12, and Garth Taylor ’12. Mr. Baerman will augment his piano work with turns on synthesizer and slide guitar.

The music is inspired by a reinterpretation of the myth of Sisyphus, in which the tragic figure’s plight of eternally pushing a rock up a mountain is seen as an inevitable and inspiring response to life’s adversity.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $6 for Wesleyan students (available online or at the box office)

Music Department Colloquium – Noah Baerman


From Andrew Chatfield:

Visiting Instructor in Music Noah Baerman discusses the philosophical origins and musical development of his suite “The Rock and the Redemption” in anticipation of its premiere performance on Saturday, April 25 as part of the 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. The piece re-imagines the myth of Sisyphus as an inspiring tale of dignity and perseverance through seemingly insurmountable adversity.

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 4:15-5:15
Place: Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall Room 003)
Cost: Free!

Secret Keeper at Earth House


From Ben Zucker ’15:

“From the very first notes they played together, Secret Keeper, the innovative duo of “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (City Arts) Mary Halvorson and Grammy-nominated Stephan Crump had a magical connection. Their debut album, Super Eight, arrived in March of 2013. Now with Emerge, their second release, the duo reveals a new level of chemistry.

Washington journalist Will Layman says: “‘Emerge’, the duo’s second release, is the fulfillment of a promise made in their early sessions. The music is at once tender and tough, intuitive and open, ready to let you in on its dazzling intimacy.”Stephan Crump made himself a name with his Rosetta Trio and as the bass player of the Vijay Iyer Trio. He surprised a few years ago with a duo recording on Intakt on which he collaborated with saxophonist Steve Lehman. Mary Halvorson is one of the busiest musicians around. She plays with Anthony Braxton, Ingrid Laubrock and Marc Ribot to name just a few.”

~Get a taste here.

Come enjoy a world-class jazz act in an intimate setting! Mary is a Wesleyan alum (’02), and this is one of the first stops in a special nation-wide tour in support of their amazing new album! Opening will be multi-instrumentalist Ben Zucker ’15, performing…something.

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st
Time: 8:00PM
Place: Earth House

Music at The Russell House: Stanley Maxwell

Andrew Chatfield invites you to a concert this afternoon:

“Hearing this quartet bop their way through their own brand of modern jazz is like a cleanser for the overexposed mind, as the four players manage to create an ensemble-sized sound with a wealth of nuance and compositional thoughtfulness.” —Home Grown Music Network
The Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisations. The conservatory trained group of musicians features Andy Chatfield on drums, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano.

The group has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction, which helped lead to their winning “Best Jazz Band” in the Hartford Advocate’s Grand Band Slam Readers’ Poll in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
The group also won “Best Jazz Song” at the 7th annual Independent Music Awards, as well as the Relix Magazine November 2007 “JamOff” contest for unsigned artists.
At Wesleyan, the band will present acoustic arrangements of original tunes from the past decade, including several world premieres.

Date: Sunday, March 1st – today!
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: The Russell House

Creative Content Concert

From the CFA staff,

The Happening 14: students in Music 459 “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I,” under the direction of drummer and PrivateLessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, interact with the campus community and confines. Not to be confused with a parade of dreams fulfilled or fantasies driven to burst. Your presence is encouraged.

Time: Tonight! Thursday, November 20th from 7-9pm
PlaceCrowell Concert Hall

Jazz Night @ Espwesso

From Mara Woods-Robinson ’16:

Sick and tired of the same old Sunday night routine? Then come by Espwesso this Sunday for tasty drinks, chill vibes, and LIVE JAZZ! The café opens at 9 p.m.; the music starts at 10:30 p.m. A jazz trio will play, and sit-ins are encouraged. If you’re a musician and are interested in sitting in on a song — or being involved in future events like this — email jafriedman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Sunday, October 5
Time: 10:30 PM
Place: Espwesso (Albritton basement)