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Manteca: Dizzy Gillespie and the Birth of Latin Jazz
Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, 7 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
Conductor: Ken Schaphorst
In Celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s Centennial, the NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform early Latin Jazz masterpieces, including “Manteca” and “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop.” NEC alum Chris Washburne will perform with the band, in addition to speaking at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the concert. NEC faculty member Miguel Zenon will also be a featured soloist, as well as contributing two compositions, “Second Generation Lullaby” and “Oyelo.”

While playing together in the trumpet section of Cab Calloway’s band, Dizzy Gillespie and Mario Bauzá became friends and started collaborating on the creation of a new musical style, mixing Gillespie’s modern jazz sensibility with the Cuban tradition that Bauzá grew up with in Havana. When Dizzy Gillespie put his own big band together in 1947, Bauzá recommended Cuban percussionist, singer, dancer and composer Chano Pozo, who worked closely with Dizzy Gillespie on many of the band’s most influential arrangements, including “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,” “Manteca,” and “Tin Tin Deo.” George Russell, hired by Gunther Schuller to teach at NEC in 1969, was also a pivotal part of this development, composing what is generally considered to be the first modal jazz composition in “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop,” a piece so ahead of its time that many reviewers at its Carnegie Hall premiere compared it to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

Chris Washburne is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and the founder and Director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz and salsa and is the author of Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York, as well as the editor of Bad Music.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miguel Zenón has released ten recordings as a leader, including Típico (2017) and the Grammy Nominated Identitites Are Changeable (2014). Zenón has topped both the Jazz Artist of the Year and Alto Saxophonist categories on the 2104 Jazz Times Critics Poll and was selected as 2015 Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. As a composer he has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, The New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Logan Center for The Arts, The Hyde Park Jazz Festival, The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Jazz Reach, Peak Performances, PRISM Quartet and many of his peers. In 2011 he founded Caravana Cultural, a program which presents free-of-charge Jazz concerts in rural areas of Puerto Rico. In April 2008, Zenón received a fellowship from the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Later that year he was one of 25 distinguished individuals chosen to receive the coveted MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.” Zenón has given hundreds of lectures and master classes at institutions all over the world and has been a faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music since 2009.
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Dizzy Gillespie George Russell and Chano Pozo: Cuban Be, Cubano Bop
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