Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble
Mike Titlebaum, director
WHAT IS JAZZ?
A concert for children and families
As aspiring jazz musicians and educators, we believe it is important that we teach about the fundamental aspects of jazz that make it unique from any other music: primarily its swinging rhythms, deep blues feeling and emphasis on improvisation. We aspire to demonstrate these things to children in a fun and engaging way because we want to build a passionate audience for the music we love so much.
This concert was inspired by several things: The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra's performance at Ithaca High School in 2010, and a wonderful album by Leonard Bernstein from 1956 that was also simply called "What Is Jazz?"
The audience at the LCJO concert in 2010 will surely never forget it. Director Wynton Marsalis was an engaging and effective spokesman for jazz, encouraging the kids to get out of their chairs, dance, sing and shout. His ensemble played with stunning clarity and swing feel, and a remarkable use of dynamic contrast. This performance demostrated clearly that they are the finest big band in the world.
Leonard Bernstein was perhaps a more suprising spokesperson for jazz. He clearly loved the music, and enjoyed teaching young people about it. In addition to a lifetime spent composing and conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernstein regulary gave lectures and performances for young people. The video recordings of his children's concerts remain to this day the model for how to teach kids real things about music while speaking to them in a clear, direct, and engaging way.
We hope you love the music and come back for more!
David Florentin, alto
Sara Mercurio, alto
Drew Martin, tenor
Steven Foti, tenor
Sebastian Posada, baritone
Alexander Felker, bass
Michael Passarelli, piano
Nick Peloso, bass
Theo Curtin, guitar
Brendan Kennelty, drums
Eric Myers, drums
Saturday Oct 12, 8:15pm, Ford: Jazz Ensemble
Friday Oct 25, 7:15pm, Ford: Dan Yapp, jazz trumpet senior recital
Sunday November 10, 2pm, Nabenhauer: Sara Shaw, Ava Gallo and Madison Carroll, elective jazz voice recital
Monday November 18, 8:15pm, Ford: Jazz Repertory Ensemble
Thursday Dec 5, 8:15pm, Ford: Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Saturday Dec 7, 3pm, Ford: Jazz Lab Band and Campus Jazz Ensemble
Saturday Dec 7, 8:15pm, Ford: Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Braxton Cook, saxophone, the David P (’60) and Susan W. Wohlhueter Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest concert
Monday Dec 9, 7pm, Hockett: Jazz Vocal Repertory Ensemble