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Yale Jazz Ensemble Big Band: Celebrating Max Roach and Championing Equality and Social Justice Through Music

Wayne Escoffery, Music Director. Celebrating American drummer and composer Max Roach (1924-2007) and his commitment to championing equality and social justice through music.

The program will feature two movements of his avant-garde jazz album and vocal-instrumental suite “We Insist!” (subtitled Max Roach’s “Freedom Now Suite”) on themes related to the Civil Rights Movement. Both movements were orchestrated and arranged specifically for the YJE Big Band by Michael Philip Mossman.


Thomas C. Duffy Yale Concert Band Spring Concert: "Afro-American Symphony," "New England Triptych," more

Director of Bands Thomas C. Duffy celebrated his 40th year at Yale in 2022. Yale Bands alumni and friends mounted a fundraising campaign to honor him by naming an annual concert after him. Beginning in 2023 the Band’s April concert was titled “The Thomas C. Duffy Yale Concert Band Spring Concert,” as will be each subsequent Yale Concert Band Spring Concert, in perpetuity.

Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director. Program:


Yale Concert Band Winter Concert - "The Firebird," "Cave of the Winds," Bernstein, more

The Yale Concert Band, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director, presents an eclectic and exciting program:

• Igor Stravinsky’s 1910 debut of “The Firebird” launched him to the forefront of contemporary composers. The ballet, about a beautiful bird-woman who is captured by and later rescues a young prince, is widely praised for its symbiosis between décor, choreography, and music.


Yale Jazz Ensemble Big Band Celebrates the Legacy of Wayne Shorter

Wayne Escoffery, Music Director. Celebrating the legacy of Wayne Shorter (1933-2023), the legendary American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Shorter came to mainstream prominence in 1959 upon joining Art Blakey’s “Jazz Messengers,” for whom he eventually became the primary composer. In 1964 he joined Miles Davis’ “Second Great Quintet,” and then co-founded the jazz fusion band “Weather Report” in 1970. He recorded more than 20 albums as a bandleader.


Yale Jazz Ensemble Big Band at Dizzy's Club-Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York

The Yale Jazz Ensemble Big Band, Wayne Escoffery, Music Director. Featuring special guest and living legend George Coleman, saxophone. An evening of jazz from across styles and eras, including works from Coleman’s longtime collaborator, trombonist and composer Slide Hampton, to create a dynamic and hard-swinging set of fresh arrangements and beloved standard tunes. Two sets: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dizzy’s Club, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019


Yale Jazz Combos Spring Showcase

Yale Jazz Combos Spring Showcase, with the Legacy and Modern Jazz Ensembles, Wayne Escoffery, coach. Featuring a mix of Jazz classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, to modern gems composed by James Williams, Victor Lewis, and Roy Hargrove. Come and experience the joy of live music performed by some of Yale’s brightest students dedicated to exploring and celebrating the rich tradition of Jazz music.


Yale Jazz Combos Fall Showcase

Need a study break or just a shot of good jazz? Come hear the Yale Jazz Ensemble Fall Combos present their fall showcase. The Legacy and Modern Combos are coached by Wayne Escoffery and promise a night of great music!
OPEN TO ALL ASYMPTOMATIC, FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS. Proof of vaccination and matching photo ID will be required at the door. House opens at 7 pm.

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