Jazz Innovations, Part I

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
FREE
Jazz Pianist

Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions.

 

THE FRESH CUTS
Cuong  Vu, ensemble  coach  

St. Thomas ................................................................................................................Sonny  Rollins

If I Were  a Bell .......................................................................................................... Frank Loesser

Rules of the Road ......................................................................... Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh

Agua De Beber ............................................................................................ Antônio Carlos Jobim

Straight No Chaser .............................................................................................Thelonious Monk

  

Personnel

Peter Holmes, drums; Mariah Jones, bass; Gabe Judd, guitar; Noah Kapioski, piano; 

Kevin Silveira, trombone; Sean Potocsnak, alto saxophon;e Mason  Lim, trumpe

 

 

HAMMERS  TO HORNS  
Ted Poor, ensemble  coach

 

Cool Eyes ..................................................................................................................  Horace Silver

Summer Rain ..................................................................................................Brendan McGovern

Milestones .................................................................................................................... John Lewis

Alone  & I ............................................................................................................... Herbie Hancock

Refuge .........................................................................................................................Andrew Hill

  

Personnel

Brendan McGovern, tenor & soprano saxophone

Logan Heine, alto saxophone Schuyler Asplin, trumpet  Dan Salka, piano

Peter Stoessel, guitar Jackson Mindt, bass Thomas Campbell, drums

 

Director Bios

Cuong Vu

Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing to a wide range of artists such as Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie.

As a youngster, Cuong's intense dedication and love for music led him to a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz studies with a distinction in performance. Transitioning from his studies in Boston, he moved to New York in 1994 and began his career actively leading various groups while touring extensively throughout the world. As a leader, Cuong has released eight recordings, each making critics’ lists of the 10 best recordings of their respective years and has received rave reviews from notable publications such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper’s, the Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, JazzTimes and Downbeat. Each record displays how he has carved out a distinctive sonic territory as a trumpet player, blurring all stylistic borders while developing his own compositional aesthetic and sound world.

Awards and honors that Cuong has garnered include grants from the Royalty Research Foundation, the Donald E. Peterson Professorship, ArtistTrust, 4Culture, CityArts and the Colbert Award for Excellence.  Cuong is currently associate professor and chair of Jazz Studies at the University of Washington and was awarded the University of Washington's prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award in his third year on faculty. In 2002 and 2006, Cuong was a recipient of the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. He’s been recognized as one of the top 50 Jazz Artists in an article called “The New Masters” from the British magazine, “Classic CD” and in 2006 was named the Best International Jazz Artist by the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society. Amazon listed Vu’s “Come Play With Me” on their “The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time.”

 

Ted Poor

After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2003, drummer Ted Poor moved to New York City, where he has made a deep impression on the jazz and improvised music scene.  Modern Drummer describes his playing as “adventurous, truly dynamic, and forward-thinking.” Jazz Review writes, “Ted has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums.” This unique approach has caught the ears of many of jazz’s most established musicians and quickly placed him amongst those drummers most in demand.

Ted has toured the world over and is a regular member of many bands, including those of Grammy award winning trumpeter Cuong Vu, guitarist Ben Monder, Bad Touch, and the Respect Sextet.  Ted’s most recent project as a leader is called Mt. Varnum. Formed in August of 2011, Mt. Varnum reconciles a life-long love of deep swing with an equally earnest adoration of classic and indie rock.  The band’s forthcoming debut release “Wounded Caroline” is a powerful and complete manifestation of that union.

As an in-demand sideman, Ted has appeared on dozens of recordings and has shared the stage with many world renowned artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Maria Schneider, Aaron Parks and Ralph Alessi. As a guest soloist and educator, Poor has held residencies at, among others, the Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Cal Arts, Lawrence University, the University of Oregon, and the HR Big Band of Frankfurt.  He is currently an Artist in Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle.