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Jazz Sessions: Take Ten at Jacob Burns

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Jazz Sessions: Take Ten

May 2-30 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY

Come celebrate a decade of Jazz Sessions as we revisit films from past years, including The House of Tom, Chasing Trane, 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz, and Jazz on a Summer’s Day, and bring you two new films on Django Reinhardt and Bill Evans. John Pizzarelli kicks off opening night with a musical tribute to Antônio Carlos Jobim, followed by four more live performances that introduce us to some of the exciting young innovators who carry on the jazz legacy and continue to reinvent the form today.

Buy tickets here: https://burnsfilmcenter.org/series/jazz-sessions-2018-the-greats-on-camera/

Faculty Member Hiroshi Yamazaki Concert Kicks Off Jazz Fest

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The audience was jazzed at the kick off performance of ArtsWestchester’s Jazz Fest 2017 from Conservatory faculty member Hiroshi Yamazaki’s trio. On the piano, Yamazaki led the trio, comprised of Steve LaSpina (bass) and Eliot Zigmund (drums), with original arrangements of staple jazz compositions as well as classics by Duke Ellington and George Gershwin sung by special guest Glenda Davenport. This concert was held at Grace Church in White Plains on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

To find out more about the upcoming performances in this year's Jazz Fest program, visit https://artswestchester.org/programs/2017-jazz-fest/

MCW Faculty Member Hiroshi Yamazaki Performing in Local JazzFest

Tuesday, August 29, 2017



Wednesday, September 13th
Downtown Music at Grace Church
Hiroshi Yamazaki Ensemble with Glenda Davenport
Free Concert at Noon

Recently awarded Best Jazz Festival by Westchester Magazine, Jazz Fest offers concerts at a variety of White Plains venues throughout the week culminating in a free outdoor Jazz & Food Festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Visit Artswestchester.org/programs/2017-jazz-fest for more info!


Tango Band Abaddón to Perform at the Conservatory

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Brush up on your tango dance steps! On Friday, October 27, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will host tango band Abaddón for a tango concert at 7:30PM in the Conservatory’s Recital Hall. The event will offer the option to dance or sit while enjoying the live tango music. Refreshments will be included with admission. Tickets are available for purchase online at mcwevents.org for $20 and available at the door for $25.



Abaddón is a sextet of New York City-based musicians with members hailing from Colombia, Argentina, Korea, Guatemala, and the U.S.A., comprised of two bandoneons, two violins, piano, and bass. Band members Shinjoo Cho (bandoneon), David Hodges (bandoneon), Sergio Reyes (violin), Sara Silva (violin), Antonio Boyadjian (piano), and Pablo Lanouguere (bass) play music by well-known tango musicians such as Astor Piazzolla, Raul Garello, Sexteto Mayor, as well as original compositions. Abaddón’s debut album will be released in 2017, featuring six pieces intended to make a statement in the contemporary tango scene. The group performed at the Bronx World Film Festival in 2016, and individually, group members have performed in orchestras and tango groups both domestically and internationally. Abaddón violinist Sara Silva is also on the faculty at the Music Conservatory of Westchester.

For more information about this event, contact Adriana Rivera, Communications and Development Assistant, at adriana@musiced.org or 914-761-3900.

MCW Faculty John Lang Headlines at Local Restaurant

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


La Chinita Poblana of Irvington has spent its first year captivating the culinary senses - featuring the taste and smells of delicious traditional dishes and drinks prepared fresh by a world-class staff, alongside the sight of modern decor accented by classic paintings by native Mexican artists. It’s no wonder the New York Times and Westchester Magazine praise La Chinita as one of the best mexican restaurants in the region.

And now, Chef Juan Aguilar now sets a new standard in excellence for a different sense. Sound.

La Chinita is proud to present Wine and Jazz Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm, renowned bassist John Lang and some of New York City’s best known jazz musicians will perform perennial favorites from the great American songbook. Special musical guests will add an element of surprise making every Wednesday a unique experience!

Wine lovers will indulge in featured wine specials, music lovers will delight in classic swinging sounds, and everyone will do what they have always done at La Chinita - fall in love with fresh, creative Mexican regional cooking.

Join us every Wednesday to see old friends, make new ones, and indulge in the best food and music Westchester has to offer. Featured musicians, wines and more are online at http://www.chinitapoblanany.com/

Armacost Quartet Headlines Annual Jazz Brunch

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

(LARCHMONT, NY) On Oct. 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester held its annual Jazz Brunch at the Larchmont Shore Club at 1 Oak Bluff Ave. in Larchmont, featured Hastings-on-Hudson’s Tim Armacost and his quartet. Proceeds from the event went toward the not-for-profit White Plains music school’s scholarship program.  

 Board President Joel Breitkopf of Scarsdale welcomes the crowd to the Music Conservatory’s annual Jazz Brunch at the Larchmont Shore Club.

  (L-to-R) Conservatory Dean of Students and Faculty Doug Bish of Beacon, Board President Joel Breitkopf of Scarsdale, and Executive Director Jean Newton of Edgemont.

  Hastings-on-Hudson’s Tim Armacost and his quartet perform at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s annual Jazz Brunch on Oct. 23 at the Larchmont Shore Club. Hastings-on-Hudson’s Tim Armacost and his quartet headlined the event. 

 On Oct. 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester hosted its annual Jazz Brunch at the Larchmont Shore Club at 1 Oak Bluff Ave. in Larchmont, featured the Tim Armacost Quartet (Harvie S, Jason Tiemann, Jay Azzolina). Armacost is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist who has recorded 14 albums, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Photos by Alye Carlevaro

 

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Conservatory Announces Annual Jazz Brunch

Saturday, October 01, 2016

On Oct. 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will host its annual Jazz Brunch. This year's event, which takes place at the Larchmont Shore Club at 1 Oak Bluff Ave. in Larchmont, will feature the Tim Armacost Quartet. Armacost is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist who has recorded 14 albums, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Tickets start at $185. For more information on the event, visit www.musicconservatory.org/jazzbrunch or contact (914) 761-3900 x113.

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Jazz Jam and Workshop

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday, September 22nd 6:30pm - Thursday will be a jazz workshop and presentation at the Conservatory, followed by a jam session for any interested players.

Hosted by the MCW Faculty Quartet in the conservatory’s Stadther Recital Hall, the workshop will discuss improvisation and the impact of Michael Brecker on jazz and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Introducing a More Extensive Jazz/Rock/Pop Program this Fall!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Music Conservatory of Westchester will roll out several brand new classes for those interested in new and contemporary music. The offerings are aimed to expand musical horizons by learning the basics of jazz theory, harmony and improvisation. Additionally, students can explore their unique compositional voice and write original music. A music appreciation class is also available as are new large and small ensemble options including, respectively, Latin Jazz and Jazz Big Band and Jazz Combos and Rock Band.

“We offer groups of every shape and size, from rock or jazz band, to Latin Jazz and Big Band,” explained Doug Bish, Dean of Students and Faculty. “We’ll match you up with compatible players, and you’ll receive weekly coaching with a member of our outstanding professional faculty. You’ll grow as a musician and have opportunities to perform at the Conservatory and in the community.”

"We offer groups of every shape and size, from rock or jazz band, to Latin Jazz and Big Band..."

For those jazz lovers, there’s also a Jazz Theory and Improvisation class in which students will learn the evolution of improvisation, and discover how jazz greats like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane mastered their art. “You’ll develop new ways to practice your instrument, understand the Blues, use complex harmonic ideas and structures, and improvise in styles such as Bebop and Cool Jazz,” said Assistant Dean Jake Robinson.

In addition to those enhancements, the Conservatory is offering a songwriting workshop (grade 7 to adult) which will enable students to create and perform their original compositions. (There is also a young songwriters class for those in grades 6-8.) For those who simply want to share their love of music, music appreciation class “Cover to Cover” will discuss a different classic album – from Bowie to the Beach Boys – each week.

The Conservatory will also hold group classes in guitar and piano for teen and adult beginners. There is also a new “Top 25 Classics for Bass” class for students who can read music, and want to perform classic tunes by the likes of The Beatles, Temptations, Van Morrison, and other top artists.

The Conservatory offers instruction in all styles of music, on all instruments including piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, harpsichord and organ. “Our highly qualified teachers use an individualized approach for each student, based on age, goals and learning style. Lessons are available throughout the year, including summer,” Bish said. Tuition to the lessons includes free music theory classes, discounted performing ensembles, and free student performances including rehearsals with a professional piano accompanist.

Photo by Alye Carlevaro

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JazzFest coming this September!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Music Conservatory of Westchester Faculty will be performing for this year's JazzFest, September 20-25!

Wednesday is the MCW Jazz Faculty Quartet, featuring Rale Micic on guitar, John Lang on bass, Jake Robinson on drums, and Nicholas Biello on alto saxophone. The ensemble will be performing the music of jazz saxophone legend Michael Brecker, who resided in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester, NY. The Quartet’s members have extensive credentials, ranging from international competition winner to multiple albums to performances at Carnegie Hall, The Village Vanguard, and the Detroit Jazz Festival, to name only a few.

Thursday will be a jazz workshop and presentation at the Conservatory, followed by a jam session for any interested players. Hosted by the MCW Faculty Quartet in the conservatory’s Stadther Recital Hall, the workshop will discuss improvisation and the impact of Michael Brecker on jazz and beyond. The event is free and open to the public.

Don't miss out on this amazing week of jazz! Go to artsw.org/jazzfest for more details...

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