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El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensembles featuring Alan Ferber
May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19
7pm & 9pm $15
Join the award-winning El Cerrito High School Jazz Ensemble, Workshop, and Lab, featuring Grammy-nominated trombonist and composer Alan Ferber in their final performance of the school year as they perform the music of Alan Ferber and other standard and contemporary jazz repertoire for large jazz ensemble. Also featuring an opening performance by the Portola Middle School Jazz Ensemble!
The El Cerrito High School Jazz Program is a part of a comprehensive music education program at ECHS that has held a long tradition of musical excellence and award-winning ensembles since the school opened in January of 1941. The ECHS Jazz Program has gained recognition throughout California and has hosted many jazz artists in performances and workshops including Cal Tjader, Pete Escovedo, Marc Russo, Mary Fettig, Wayne Wallace, Chris Potter, Terrence Blanchard, and Wycliffe Gordon among several others.
Notable accomplishments in recent years include first place at numerous festivals including the Delta, Folsom, and Reno Jazz Festivals by the ECHS Jazz Ensemble and Quintet. The ECHS Jazz Ensemble has also been the recipient of five consecutive Unanimous Superior Awards at the CMEA Jazz Festival and the Jazz Workshop, the program’s second level ensemble, has also been the recipient of two consecutive Unanimous Superior Awards. Recently, the Jazz Ensemble was featured as one of four ensembles selected to compete in the finals competition at the 2014 Folsom Jazz Festival and one of three high school ensembles featured at the 2014 Reno Jazz Festival’s showcase concert.
This year the ECHS Jazz Ensemble was selected as the only high school jazz band statewide to perform at the 2014 California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno. This summer the group will embark on its first international tour to Europe visiting Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy, where they have been invited to perform at some of Europe’s top jazz festivals including the North Sea, Montreux, and Umbria Jazz Festivals in addition to several performances in cities across Europe.
For the last four years, Alan Ferber has been recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in Down Beat magazine’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll. He has released five albums as a bandleader, all of which blur traditional boundaries through an intriguing mix of influences. The Wall Street Journal affectionately describes his music as “somehow both old school and cutting edge.” Alan’s 2010 release, Chamber Songs, on Sunnyside Records features his nonet and string orchestra. According to WNYC, the album creates an “instantly transcendent musical experience that floats effortlessly and beautifully between jazz and classical music” and was named one of the best CDs of the year in Down Beat Magazine. Alan’s newest release, March Sublime, features stunning new music for big band and has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy award in the ‘Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album’ category. Additionally, it has received rave reviews including an editor’s Pick of the Week on eMusic which stated, “This is one of those albums where I just want to forgo the synopsis and just say go buy the damn thing. Just stellar.”
Ferber’s music draws from a broad stylistic base considering the array of artists with whom he has closely worked: Esperanza Spalding, Charlie Hunter, Sufjan Stevens, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The National, Harry Connick Jr, Lee Konitz, Dr. Dre, Kenny Wheeler, John Hollenbeck, Don Byron, and They Might Be Giants. His discography lists over 100 CDs on which he has played trombone. As a composer and arranger, Alan has written for the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Paul McCandless, Sara and Rachel Caswell, the Asphalt Orchestra, Sarah Darling, Steel Magnolia, and Jon Gordon. He is also the recipient of a 2013 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. Alan is currently an adjunct professor of jazz trombone and composition at New York University’s Steinhardt School, Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, and Montclair State University’s John J Cali School of Music.