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Juilliard @ SOPAC: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, May 7


Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m.

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Now in its 14th season, Juilliard Jazz offers degrees at bachelor, master, and Artist Diploma levels. The program aims to develope exceptionally educated musicians versed in the Jazz continuum and its American vernacular roots. Through improvisation, swing, and the blues aesthetic, Juilliard Jazz nurtures and cultivates individuality, community, and the depth of feeling and generosity of spirit known as soul. Juilliard Jazz students are empowered to realize their highest aspirations as people, artists, and citizens. The curriculum combines tailored studio and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. In addition, its faculty and students conduct national and international master classes and clinics.

Recent guest artists have included pianist Jason Moran, who was artist-in-residence in the 2013-2014 season; pianist Paulo Braga from Brazil; Memphis jazz musicians, saxophonist George Coleman and pianist Harold Mabern; saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera; and artist-in-residence, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Summer 2013 took Juilliard Jazz to Aiken, South Carolina; San Jose, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Melbourne, Australia; Ephraim, Utah at Snow College; and Kanagawa, Japan for workshops, performances, and jazz camps.Highlights from the 2011-2012 10th anniversary season included a tribute concert to legendary bassist Ron Carter in March 2012 with guest artists Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Hubert Laws, and Christian McBride; concerts during the season featured guest artists, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who was also artist-in-residence; singer Jane Monheit performing music from the American Songbook; saxophonist Joe Lovano; and Gary Smulyan in “The Music of Gerry Mulligan.”

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and tour to destinations, such as Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, and Brazil. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Ernie Andrews, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Sean Jones, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Frank Wess, and others. These talented Juilliard young artists are taught by today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. The experienced Juilliard Jazz faculty combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages and in recording studios worldwide.

Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s managing and artistic director and a Juilliard alumnus, became director of Juilliard Jazz Studies at Juilliard on July 1, 2014.

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism,


Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit

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