Small jazz ensembles
Small jazz ensembles, coached by Jazz Studies and Improvisation department faculty, perform traditional and contemporary instrumental and vocal jazz repertoire. Ensembles are coached by faculty members Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Carlberg, Dominique Eade, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Jason Moran, Bob Moses, Ken Schaphorst, and others. The ensembles perform two or more times a year in the Pierce Hall Jazz Series.
NEC Jazz Orchestra
The NEC Jazz Orchestra performs classic and contemporary big band music under the direction of Ken Schaphorst as well as other faculty and guest artists. In the past these have included such prominent musicians as Maria Schneider, Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, Gunther Schuller, Gil Evans, Gerald Wilson, Randy Weston, and Django Bates. The band is open to all NEC students by audition.
NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra
The NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra is devoted to rehearsing and performing works by NEC Jazz Composition students. The ensemble is coached by Frank Carlberg and gives the composers the opportunity to learn how to rehearse and conduct a band, as well as have their works heard.
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