Happy to be playing with Claire Arenius and Wanda Houston at The Arts Block in Greenfield at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25th. Will also be there with my son Marty and John Clark on French Horn on March 5th.
Also honored to be a part of the upcoming NEC Coltrane Symposium, joining my good friend and colleague Lewis Porter. I’ll be discussing symmetry as an organizing principle in the music of John Coltrane: http://necmusic.edu/event/16801
Also, thrilled that the ARC band (Wallace Roney, Marty Jaffe, Jonathan Barber, Jimmy Greene, Kris Allen, Bruce Williamson, John Clark and myself) will be headlining the Easthampton Jazz Festival on March 4th:http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/02/first_easthampton_jazz_festival.html
First reviews of “Arc”
From Richard Kamins’ blog: http://steptempest.blogspot.com/2016/05/large-ensemble-music-spring-16-part-ii.html says:
“…Andy Jaffe Nonet + 4 is a long-awaited gem from this classy composer, arranger, and first-class pianist.”
From AllAboutJazz.com:”Arc by Mark Corroto”
From Downbeat (April 2016), p. 54 Andy Jaffe Nonet + 4, Arc (Playscape 062315; 66:12) ****
“…A trip to Taiwan and an immersion into that country’s richly syncretic musical culture were the impetus for Arc, an inspired new album by pianist/composer Andy Jaffe. Here, the leader has penned a nine-piece program for a lithe nonet of jazz veterans, including the unflappable trumpeter Wallace Roney and the melodious tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene. Jaffe…writes with a Gil Evans-like ear for harmony and motion. His songs can move with a springy agility (“Brainworm”), or settle profoundly like a dense fog (“In Case This Is Goodbye”). Others, like “Go Down Moses” (for saxophone quartet), approach the sanctity of a hymn. Whatever the mood, the overall sound is one of graceful precision.”
From Italy “…From start to finish…you feel like behind the desk there is a real master to write and to arrange, a veteran whose soloists lend their voices to achieve a high level disk where writing and solos are the right balance”…. http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=25559#.Vu818nqC670
Top 30 releases on Jazz After Hours: http://jazzafterhours.net/Program/Albums
CD RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED
PRESS RELEASE FROM PLAYSCAPE RECORDINGS:
“…On April 19th, Playscape Recordings will release Arc (PSR#062315), the latest offering from veteran pianist/composer Andy Jaffe and his Nonet + 4. Jaffe’s nonet features Wallace Roney on trumpet, John Clark on French horn, Kris Allen on alto saxophone, Jimmy Greene on tenor and soprano saxophone, Bruce Williamson on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, Tom Olin on tenor, soprano and baritone saxophone, Marty Jaffe on bass and Jonathon Barber on drums. In addition to the nonet, Jaffe’s + 4 comprises Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award nominated Interestring Quartet, with Wei-Jun Huang on first violin, Wei-Hsin Liu on second violin, Chiee Yeh on the viola and Jiro Yeh on cello. Arc is Jaffe’s second release on the Playscape Recordings label following the 2001 reissue of his Manhattan Projections.
It was during his trip in the fall of 2015 to teach and perform in Taiwan that Jaffe decided to pursue his long-time interest in recording a collection of previously composed material, along with some more recent compositions. Jaffe’s exploration of cultural commonalities as they relate to jazz resulted in music rich with sounds and rhythms from Balkan, West African, and Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian musics, skillfully conveyed in Jaffe’sTheme for the New Sixties originally written and performed by the Max Roach Double Quartet around 1980, as well as in new compositions such asFleurette Chinoise, a 3-note melodic fragment borrowed from the bridge of Ellington’s Fleurette Africaine.
Andy Jaffe has been an active jazz composer, performer, recording artist and jazz educator for more than three decades and has appeared as a guest lecturer, artist and conductor in Germany, Slovakia, New Zealand, Malta, and France, among many other places around the globe. During the past 38 years, Jaffe’s teaching gigs included stints at the Berklee College of Music, the Institut Musical de formation Professionelle in Nimes, France and the Afro-American Music and Jazz program at UMASS Amherst. He has also been on the faculty at Tufts University, Amherst and Smith Colleges, and the Tainan (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, among many other institutions. He is presently the Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz, former Director of Jazz Activities and former Artistic Director of the Williamstown Jazz Festival at Williams College, teaching courses in jazz theory, improvisation, arranging and composition, the history of jazz composition and on the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. He also teaches at the low residency MFA program in Music Composition at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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Learn more about Playscape Recordings and its releases at http://playscape-recordings.com.
More listening on my youtube channel
Besides the Dropbox MP3 Sampler you can check out three of my previous CDs on my youtube channel:
Double Helix – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUuZs0ZEcs4
An Imperfect Storm – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3meDpIi-9I4
Manhattan Projections —
Youtubes from Sextet Taipei Jazz Festival July 18th
Here are some youtubes of our Sextet’s July 18 performance at Da’an Park in Taipei
(Festival FB site)
Check out the “Bill Lowe Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band” page for youtube videos to our 25th Anniversary Concert in 2011
Also please note that “Manhattan Projections” has been re-released on PARMA recordings (see also “online resources” below). If you’d like to obtain a copy of the original release, feel free to email me (email@example.com). Also contact me if you would like a copy of the piano duo recording with Tom McClung (“Double Helix”).
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO STOP THE KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE! HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT THE PROJECT HAS BEEN CANCELLED! WE WON!
Woodwind Quintet Released
I am honored to announce that my Three Movement Woodwind Quintet has been released on Darryl Harper’s most recent CD:
The Need’s Got to Be So Deep (HiPNOTIC records). See also Current/Recent projects.
Premiere of “Every Day Blues” by the Berkshire Symphony
On November 2nd 2012 The Berkshire Symphony, under the direction of Ronald L. Feldman, premiered “Every Day Blues”, my 20 minute orchestral tribute to the late Dr. Ernest Brown.
Click on the “DropBox” MP3 sampler and you can hear a recording of this performance!
Three New Reviews of the Manhattan Projections re-release
The “Manhattan Projections” CD has been re-released, including bonus tracks from the Tom McClung-Andy Jaffe piano duo recording. Here are links to three recent reviews:
first, a new review of MANHATTAN PROJECTIONS over at the Gapplegate Music Review: http://gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com/2012/07/andy-jaffe-manhattan-projections-reissue.html
second, in the online magazine PopMatters. You can read it here: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/159522-andy-jaffe-manhattan-projections/
finally this one: MusicWeb International’s new jazz review section. You can read it here: http://www.musicweb-international.com/jazz/2012/Andy_Jaffe_Manhattan_BR8922.htm
25th Anniversary Concert – Part 1
25th Anniversary Concert – Part 2
24 for Elvin The Bill Lowe Andy Jaffe Big Band
More about Andy Jaffe
Former Director of Jazz Ensembles at Williams College; and The Williamstown Jazz Festival; Currently Senior Lecturer in Music, Williams College Department of Music http://music.williams.edu/
Member, Board of Directors, BerkshiresJazz.Org
Re-release of the large ensemble CD, “An Imperfect Storm” on Parma Recordings:
Here’s a link to a recent review of the CD:
Now available from Advance Music (or their US distributors: Jamey Aebersold (www.jazzbooks.com) and Kendor (www.kendormusic.com), my new jazz composition book: “Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Principles of Jazz Composition” (see also link for “Jazz Harmony” under “online resources below).
Use this link to Order “Jazz Harmony“, third edition, directly from Advance Music
(or you may find it quicker to order it from their US and Canadian distributors here:
Jamey Aebersold (www.jazzbooks.com), or Kendor (www.kendormusic.com)
Sextet CD NOTE: “Manhattan Projections” has been re-released by PARMA recordings.
To Order the rerelease of “An Imperfect Storm”, Large Ensemble CD by Parma Records, go to: