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Jazz at Princeton University to feature Rudresh Mahanthappa’s trio of heroes

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Jazz at Princeton University, led by pioneering saxophonist / composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, will return to the stage on Saturday, November 6 with a concert featuring Mahanthappa’s internationally renowned hero trio with Princeton’s Small Group I. Others concerts this season include performances by student groups led by faculty members Mahanthappa, Trineice Robinson-Martin, Matthew Parrish and Darcy James Argue. The concerts are free and open to the vaccinated public. For more information, visit https://music.princeton.edu/calendar.

“Interfacing with the community through concerts by our renowned teachers and accomplished students has always been an important aspect of jazz at Princeton,” says Mahanthappa. “I am delighted that we are able to bring it back and offer the public the joy of attending live performances for the first time since the start of the pandemic.”

Fall performances include:

Saturday 6 November 2021

Jazz Small Group I and Hero Trio by Rudresh Mahanthappa
8 p.m., Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Free and open to the public. For tickets and information call 609-258-9220 or log into https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-group-i-rudresh-mahanthappa’s-hero-trio-concert

One of the finest jazz ensembles, Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio features the saxophone icon with bassist François Moutin and drummer Rudy Royston. Their album Hero Trio, released in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, was widely acclaimed, including among the best albums of the year in outlets and publications including NPR, Paste, DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and Denver Post. Robert Baird of Qobuz calls the album “an almost perfect blend of buoyancy and control, a welcome revelation”. John Murph of DownBeat writes: “These tributes are bursting with interpretive ingenuity, sparkling friction and caffeinated improvisational interaction that they demand a massive replay.” Jason Bivins wrote in Dusted that Hero Trio offers “a truly expansive, and often thrilling, ride through songs from Mahanthappa’s personal pantheon … In a year of precious little joy, this is simply a gem of a jazz record. “

Wednesday December 1

Jazz Small Group I conducted by Rudresh Mahanthappa

7:30 p.m., Taplin Auditorium, Salle Fine. Free and open to the public. For more information call 609-258-9220 or log into https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-group-i-concert

Mahanthappa leads Princeton’s first small jazz ensemble in an energizing and beautiful evening of music.

Thursday 2 December

Jazz Vocal Collective conducted by Trineice Robinson-Martin
7:30 p.m., Taplin Auditorium, Salle Fine. Free and open to the public. For more information call 609-258-9220 or log in to https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-vocal-collective-3

Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective (JVC), Princeton University’s elite small jazz ensemble that includes a solo voice, will join director Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and present their original arrangements of classical jazz compositions. and contemporary.

Recognized internationally as one of the leading educators in gospel and soul vocal training, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin specializes in vocal pedagogy and performing practices for contemporary music styles (jazz, pop, gospel, R&B, country , rock, musical theater). As the creator of Soul Ingredients®, a methodology for nurturing vocal freedom and authentic musical interpretation and expression, Dr. Robinson-Martin regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach voice, lecture and give workshops. She also performs internationally and recently released All Or Nothing, her highly acclaimed debut album as a leader.

Saturday 4 December

Small groups X and Z led by Matthew Parrish
7:30 p.m., Taplin Auditorium, Salle Fine. Free and open to the public. For more information call 609-258-9220 or log into https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-groups-xz

Princeton University X & Z Jazz Ensembles perform under the direction of master bassist Matthew Parrish. Group X evokes the small group tradition of Art Blakey groups of the 50s and 60s where improvisation and inspiring interaction are key. The group performs as a septet with several trio performances. Group Z is new this year, created in response to the growing number of excellent student musicians participating in Princeton’s jazz program.

Matthew Parrish is a sought-after performer, arranger, songwriter, producer and instructor. Matthew’s warmth in his playing and his loyalty to delivering heartfelt and passionate work is reflected in every note, every tune, and every interaction with his fellow musicians. Born in central California, Matthew has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Orrin Evans, Clark Terry, Dr Jonnie Smith, Savion Glover, Bill Charlap, Houston Person, and many more. He has recorded over sixty works, including his first CD Circles (2000) and his most recent recordings with Karine Aguiar.

Monday 6 December

Small Group A led by Rudresh Mahanthappa
7:30 p.m., Taplin Auditorium, Salle Fine. Free and open to the public. For more information call 609-258-9220 or log in to https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-small-group

Jazz at Princeton University’s Small Group A, led by Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents an evening of jazz at its most intimate in a showcase of improvisation and inspiring interaction.

Friday December 10 – Creative Large Ensemble – Conducted by Darcy James Argue
8 p.m., Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Free and open to the public. For tickets and information call 609-258-9220 or log into https://music.princeton.edu/events/jazz-creative-large-ensemble-fall-concert

Listen to Jazz at Princeton University’s Creative Large Ensemble led by Darcy James Argue in their first live performance since the start of the pandemic. The ensemble continues to redefine the big band in an innovative program encompassing classical and contemporary repertoire.

Vancouver-born Brooklyn-based composer and conductor Darcy James Argue has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society. Argue made his mark with his 2009 debut, the critically acclaimed Infernal Machines. 2013 saw the release of Brooklyn Babylon, which, like Infernal Machines before it, won the group’s GRAMMY and JUNO Award nominations. His most recent recording, Real Enemies, released in fall 2016, earned a third consecutive GRAMMY nomination. Secret Society maintains a busy touring schedule, with European, Canadian and South American tours and four Newport Jazz Festival appearances. Argue has also toured Australia and New Zealand leading the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. He has conducted performances of his music by the WDR Big Band, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band Palácio das Artes and the West Point Jazz Knights. Argue has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak and has created arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony. In 2015, Argue received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, the Jerome Foundation and BAM, as well as from ensembles such as the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights and the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos. He is a recipient of grants and scholarships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New Music USA, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Composers Now, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Colony MacDowell.