Curated by acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and educator Lewis Porter, the evening will begin with a short set by the big band, selected from its unique repertory of the most innovative modern jazz composers. For the second set, the band will be joined by Porter on piano, world-renowned star Jerry Bergonzi on sax, and trombonist/composter Marshall Gilkes, playing compositions by Bergonzi, Porter and others.
Lewis Porter, P.h.D., is a Grammy-nominated pianist and composer on 30 albums with Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many others, as well as a celebrated educator, author, and researcher. His best-known book is John Coltrane: His Life and Music. A long-time former music professor at Rutgers in Newark and at Tufts U, he also taught at Brandeis, The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and William Paterson, as well as guest teaching throughout the USA and Europe. He also teaches private students worldwide by Skype.
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is a beloved and internationally acclaimed performer, composer, author, and educator. He has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with Dave Brubeck and many other jazz greats.
Trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes has released five albums under his own name to rave reviews. In 2003 Gilkes was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and he has been voted a Rising Star on multiple occasions in DownBeat Magazine’s esteemed Critics Poll. He has played with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Christian McBride Big Band, John Scofield, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Patti Austin, and many others.
The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, directed by Darrell Katz, was founded in 1985, with an agenda including the establishment of an active public forum for the presentation of new jazz works, the creation of the JCA Orchestra, and a concert series that included a visiting composers program. With some of New England’s finest improvising musicians in its ranks, the JCA Orchestra has premiered over 120 new pieces by its resident composers along with commissioned works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Marty Ehrlich and Wayne Horvitz.