Schaphorst conducts Schaphorst: NEC Jazz Orchestra

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October 16th, THU 8:00pm | New England Conservatory Jordan Hall | Huntington Ave & Gainsborough St FREE Admission

Ken Schaphorst directs the NEC Jazz Orchestra in the performance of his original music for big band. Program will include Uprising, Blues Almighty, Subterranean, and Purple, all from Schaphorst’s most recent recording of his music for Jazz Orchestra on Naxos Jazz. In addition, the ensemble will play Schaphorst‘s arrangement of Oliver Nelson‘s Stolen Moments. Concert wil include the premiere performance of Blues for Herb, dedicated to Herb Pomeroy, a NEC jazz studies faculty member who passed away in 2007.

Since coming to NEC as Chair of the Jazz Studies and Improvisation Department in 2001, Schaphorst has directed the Jazz Orchestra in its performance of new music and traditional big band repertoire. In recent years, the ensemble has performed under the direction of guest artists Django Bates, Jimmy Heath, Jim McNeely, and Maria Schneider. Named Best College Big Band in the 2004 Downbeat Student Music Awards, the ensemble has won critical acclaim for its recordings and for its performances throughout the country.

NEC Jazz Orchestra:


Michael Thomas, alto
Logan Strosahl, alto
James Wylie, tenor
Stephanie Wieseler, tenor
Anna Hoffmann, baritone


John Replogle
Andrew Littleford
Ezra Weller
Aguiles Navarro


Chris Gagne
Randy Pingrey
Aaron Hartley
Grant Randall

Rhythm Section

Malcolm Campbell piano
Julian Maliandi, guitar
Nate Therrien, bass
Paul Geresy, drums

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