NHS Jazz Students at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City
Students from the Norwell High School Jazz Ensembles traveled to New York City on May 5-7 to cap off their second year of participation in the “Essentially Ellington” program, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC). The program celebrates the music of composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, by making educational resources as well as sheet music and recordings of Ellington’s music available to over a thousand high school bands across North America. Schools are invited to send in recordings of their performances of this music, and staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center listen to and give personalized feedback to every school that submits a recording. Read more about Essentially Ellington.
While in New York, the Norwell students spent time exploring the vast array of music available in a major city. They attended a performance by the NYU Percussion Ensemble, featuring works by Ligeti and Birtwistle, as well as a world premiere and recording session of a work for percussion and interactive electronics.
They also attended an afternoon performance by the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, a collective of NYC students from ages 7-18 who gather each week under the direction of David O’Rourke for live performance and instruction from some of New York’s finest jazz performers. The JSYO was gracious enough to invite NHS students to perform with them the next time they are in town! Read more about Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra.
Finally, on Sunday night, students attended the final performance of the Essentially Ellington program, featuring the top three bands as selected by JALC, performing alongside members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and capped off with a set by the Orchestra itself, under the direction of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. See photos from the trip.
The jazz program at Norwell High School is growing as the result of opportunities like this one. It now consists of an improvisation workshop class, a full big band and a touring jazz combo, which plays at a range of charity and educational events around the South Shore each year. See photos of local performances.
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