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Jazz for the Gardens

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

MCW Faculty Jake Robinson Plays in Ensemble with NYC's Finest Jazz Talent

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 

Drummer and MCW faculty Jake Robinson performed at renowned NYC jazz club "Smalls" this past February with up and coming trombonist Jimmy O'Connell, playing his original music and arrangements. Featured in this video is an arrangement of the classic J. J. Johnson song "Lament."

O'Connell, an exhilarating player who combines traditional bebop with fresh, contemporary language, leads a fantastic ensemble featuring some of NYC's finest jazz talent. O'Connell's forthcoming debut record promises to bring an inventive yet rooted sound to jazz audiences everywhere. Jimmy is also on Manhattan College's music faculty. To find out more about O'Connell visit his website www.jimmyoconnell.com.

Jake is not only faculty at the Conservatory but is also the Assistant Dean and Director of Summer Programs. Send an email to info@musiced.org or call 914-761-3900 if you're interested in taking lessons with Jake or in our Summer Music & Arts Programs!

Performance, Exhibit and Screening, all in one night!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

(Billy Strayhorn)

Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio performs with vocalist Glenda Deavenport – Sunday, 2/21 @ 5pm

  • Piano faculty Hiroshi Yamazaki and his trio will be performing a reception at the New Rochelle Public Library as part of their Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life exhibit.
  • Reception will be preceded by a screening of the documentary Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life @ 3pm. Strayhorn was a composer, arranger and pianist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from the 1940s – 60s.
  • For more information see this article in the New Rochelle Talk.

Like Jazz? Then go see John Lang!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

 

First Name Basis at Bar Thalia - Bassist John Lang hosts some of NYC's best vocalists in a set of swing jazz. Second set is an open session for singers and instrumentalists. 2537 Broadway at 95th St, Thursdays at 9pm. Go stretch your jazz muscles!

Shop, Look and Listen! The Conservatory Provides Festive Tunes this Holiday Season

Thursday, December 10, 2015

 

It may have been nearly 60 degrees outside, but within The Westchester in White Plains, there was a clear sense of a winter wonderland. On Dec. 5, Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, provided holiday music on Level 2 overlooking Santa Claus (across from Tourneau and Louis Vuitton). The two-hour concert featured a Conservatory faculty jazz ensemble with Hastings-on-Hudson’s John Lang, New York City’s Nick Biello and White Plains’ Hiroshi Yamazaki. Boris Morocho, a senior at Ossining High School and a Conservatory Honors student who takes private voice lessons, songwriting, AP theory, and sings in the school’s Teen Vocal Ensemble, also performed. Together, the quartet played festive tunes for those shopping for holiday gifts.  

The Conservatory has been providing holiday music at The Westchester for the last three years. This year’s program debuted on Saturday, Nov. 28 with a brass quartet. A “holiday rock” theme will take place this Saturday, Dec. 12 from 2-4 p.m. featuring Jake Robinson, Dan Asher, Sarah Kervin and Jeremy Goldsmith. The series culminates with a Latin Jazz performance (2:30-4:30 p.m.) on Dec. 19 with faculty members Michael Pallas, Jake Robinson, John Lang and alumnus Zack Berro, along with the Conservatory’s Latin Jazz student ensemble.   For more details on the Conservatory, please visit www.musicconservatory.org or contact (914) 761-3900.

Music Conservatory Musicians will Perform at The Westchester this Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

 

While you're shopping this holiday season make sure to stop and appreciate the live music our conservatory musicians will be bringing to you this holiday season at The Westchester in White Plains. Our students and faculty will be performing for the next four Saturdays following Thanksgiving on Level 2 overlooking Santa  across from Tourneau and Louis Vuitton.

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 2:30 – 4:30PM

Brass Quartet: Michael Pallas, John Hasselback, Kate Amrine and Patricia Schmitt

    Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Jazz Ensemble: John Lang, Hiroshi Yamazaki and Nick Biello

      From 2:00 – 2:30PM Student Boris Morocho will sing Spanish Holiday songs

      Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00PM

      Holiday Rock: Jake Robinson, Dan Asher, Sarah Kervin and Jeremy Goldsmith

        Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, 2:30 – 4:30PM

        Latin Jazz: Music Conservatory Latin Jazz Students, Michael Pallas, Jake Robinson, John Lang and Zack Berro

        Happy Holidays!

          Check out John Lang's Jazz Trio Dec 12th

          Thursday, November 19, 2015

           

          Check out our very own John Lang on bass and his Jazz Trio featuring pianist Ray Gallon and drummer Thomas Melito. They will be performing on Saturday Dec. 12th at 2pm at the Warner Library for a Friends of the Library Concert.

          Come for a really fun hour of jazz and library books, and stay for the songs of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Lang himself! Click here for more info.

          Our Own Hiroshi Yamazaki Lights up Boscobel for the Holidays

          Wednesday, November 18, 2015

          Make the holidays musical and enjoy Hiroshi Yamazaki's jazz piano performance with The Libby Richman Trio at Boscobel's special event Sparkle, a celebration of the season.

          On Saturdays, December 5, 12 & 19 the Libby Richman Jazz Trio will perform holiday classics as well as popular standards. Composer, alto saxophonist Libby Richman leads an ensemble that plays original contemporary jazz. Come and enjoy the music and festivities!

          Click here for tickets and more information

          Music Conservatory Holds Annual Jazz Brunch and Honors Late Beloved Faculty Member

          Tuesday, October 06, 2015

          Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, honored a beloved faculty member who passed away earlier this year at its annual Jazz Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Larchmont Shore Club.

           

          Harold Jones passed away in January 2015, and left behind a rich legacy at not just the White Plains not-for-profit music school but the world of classical music.  A ground-breaker as a minority artist in the field, Jones was an accomplished performer who joined the Conservatory’s faculty in 1966. Funds from the event will honor Jones’ memory via flute scholarships in his name.  Jones’ widow Wanda and son Antar were on hand to accept an honorarium.

          Along with the special presentation to the Jones family, the event featured a performance of Latin Jazz by Conservatory Jazz Artists Adam Ramsay (saxophone), Michael Pallas (trombone), Joshua Bruneau (trumpet), John Lang (bass), Hiroshi Yamazaki (keyboard), Jake Robinson (drums), and Phyllis Bethel (Latin percussion). Photos Nina Kruse/Pinsky Studio

           

          Music Conservatory of Westchester Executive Director Jean Newton of Edgemont presents the late Harold Jones’ family (son Antar and widow Wanda) with a special honorarium at the organization’s annual Jazz Brunch held at the Larchmont Shore Club.

           

          Board member Tony Smith of New Rochelle and Board President Rodd Berro of Armonk at the Music Conservatory’s annual Jazz Brunch held at the Larchmont Shore Club. 

          Music Conservatory of Westchester faculty members Juliet Gopoian and James Ranti of Hartsdale share a moment at the Conservatory’s annual  Jazz Brunch held at Larchmont Shore Club.

           

           Board member John Bottomley and wife Patty of Rye at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Annual Jazz Brunch held at the Larchmont Shore Club.  

           

          (R-to-L) Antar Jones, Music Conservatory of Westchester Chairman Robert Heath of Armonk, and Trustee Tony Smith at the organization’s Annual Jazz Brunch held at the Larchmont Shore Club.

           

          The Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Jazz Band performs classic Latin tunes at the organization’s Annual Jazz Brunch held at the Larchmont Shore Club. 

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          Jazz Brunch in Larchmont with a Latin Flavor

          Sunday, October 04, 2015

           

          Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, will host its annual Jazz Brunch, featuring amazing Latin Jazz, on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at the Larchmont Shore Club (1 Oak Bluff Avenue in Larchmont). Beautiful Sound Shore views will serve as a backdrop for a gourmet brunch with Conservatory Jazz Artists Adam Ramsay (saxophone), Michael Pallas (trombone), Joshua Bruneau (trumpet), John Lang (bass), Hiroshi Yamazaki (keyboard), Jake Robinson (drums), and Phyllis Bethel (Latin percussion) performing.

          The event, whose presenting sponsor is Bashian & Farber, LLP (Gary Bashian is a Conservatory trustee who resides in Greenwich, CT), is dedicated to beloved flute teacher Harold Jones, who passed away in January 2015. A ground-breaker as a minority artist in the field of classical music, Jones joined the Conservatory’s faculty in 1966. Funds raised from the event will go toward a flute scholarships in his name.



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