Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz at NEC: Frank Carlberg & Cecil McBee Ensembles

NEC: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room | Directions

255 St. Botolph St.
Boston, MA
United States

Performances by small jazz and contemporary improvisation ensembles coached by NEC's exceptional faculty. This evening's concerts are performed live and streamed in real time from the Eben Jordan Ensemble Room.

Three sets: 7:00, 8:15, 9:30 PM

This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.


  1. 7:00 PM | Frank Carlberg Mingus Ensemble

    This ensemble explores the music of composer/bassist/pianist Charles Mingus in preparation for his centennial celebration in 2022.

    Huntley Mary McSwain, vocals
    Zoe Murphy, trumpet
    Chris Ferrari, tenor saxophone
    Joey Dies, trombone
    Ellie Pruneau, piano
    Talia Rubinstein, guitar
    Anna Abondolo, double bass

    James Nadien, Drums

  2. 8:15 PM | Frank Carlberg Ensemble

    In this ensemble the students are encouraged to bring in original compositions to be workshopped in the rehearsals. The group also plays music from a wide variety of sources including classic works and pieces by contemporary masters.

    Kaoruko Pilkington, vocals
    Dan Hirsch, trumpet
    Harrison Pershing, tenor saxophone
    Hunter McKay, tenor saxophone
    Rowan Barcham, piano
    Itay Goldstein, double bass
    Alex Yoo, drums

  3. 9:30 PM | Cecil McBee Ensemble

    The Cecil McBee Ensemble plays a variety of music including student originals and arrangements, as well as McBee's originals and arrangements. He also stresses the importance of standard repertoire and traditional playing.

    Elizabeth Embser, vocals
    Lemuel Marc, trumpet
    Jonah Kreitner, violin
    Nick Ryder, tenor saxophone
    Kai Burns, guitar
    Jake Walters, piano
    Xin Xu, double bass
    Dominic Vance, drums