Small Jazz Ensembles

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11/11/2010 - 7:00pm


Small jazz ensembles under the tutelage of Andy Jaffe and John Wheeler.

Two small jazz ensembles coached by Andy Jaffe and John Wheeler will perform on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. Seating will be on the stage. This free event is open to the public.

Andy Jaffe coaches Five O’Clock Shadow with Williams College student musicians: Brad Polsky ’12, alto sax; Andy Quinn ’13, tenor sax; Chris Picardo ’13, tenor sax; Geoff Rodriguez ’11, trumpet; Rob Pasternak ’11, piano; Jon Morgenstern ’11, bass; Danny Schwartz ’13, guitar; Charlie Sellars ’13, drums; Andy Quinn ’13, tenor sax and Aspen Jordan ’11, vocals.

Jaffe is the Lyell B.Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz and Director of Jazz Activities at Williams College, as well as having served from 1999 to 2010 as Artistic Director of the Williamstown Jazz Festival.  An active jazz composer, performer, and recording artist, Jaffe has been a leader in jazz pedagogy for over thirty years, having taught at the Berklee College of Music (1977-81); The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Graduate program in Afro-American Music and Jazz (1994-98); the Institut Musical de formation Professionelle in Nimes, France (1984); Amherst College (1987-99); Tufts University (1992-93); Smith College (1997-99); The Tainan (Taiwan) National University of the Arts (2009), as well as at Williams (since 1988), where he directs the jazz ensembles and teaches courses in jazz ear training,  theory/improvisation, arranging/composition, and on the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.  

John Wheeler coaches The SRH Septet, an ensemble dedicated to the exploration of the art of improvisation, with Williams College student musicians: Matt Staiger '12, bass; Chando Yun '11, drums; Jack Saul '13, guitar; Felix Sun '11, piano; Luis Berroa '13, congas; Jackson Scher '14, alto saxophone; Ethan Gracer '14, tenor saxophone; and special guest Bill Vitek, piano.

Over the last 20 years John Wheeler has worked as a freelance Tenor/Bass Trombone player based in New York City working in the record, jingle, film, and television mediums, as well as performing live with some of the industries best known Grammy winning artists. His recording credits include Maria Carey, George Benson, The Gypsy Kings, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandros, Patti Austin, BeBe Winans, Marc Cohen, Toni Braxton, Jody Watley, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Will Smith to name a few. John also played and worked on the HBO series "OZ", as well as being featured on its theme. John has performed throughout the world with such legendary artists as; Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra Jr., John Tesh, Johnny Mathis, Joni Mitchell, Kansas, Kenny Rogers, Liza Minelli, Louie Bellson, Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Ricky Martin, Roger Daltrey, Rosemary Clooney, Spinal Tap, The Funk Brothers, The Moody Blues, Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, Yanni, Yes, and many others.

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