Yale Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Women at Yale in Season Opener

Event time: 
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sprague Memorial Hall (SMH ), Morse Recital Hall See map
470 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

As part of Yale’s year of celebration of women, the Yale Jazz Ensemble (Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director) will open its season featuring the music of Melba Liston, a prolific bandleader, arranger, composer, and trombonist. Liston was born in Kansas City in 1926, picking up the trombone when she was seven years old. Often referred to as “the first lady of the trombone,” she would go on to compose and arrange numerous jazz charts, and record with Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, and Art Blakey. The concert will also feature music by Gordon Goodwin and Thad Jones.
The Yale Jazz Ensemble (YJE) is a seventeen-piece big band that performs a wide variety of music, from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest and most progressive jazz compositions. The Ensemble has performed extensively in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium jazz clubs, and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has performed with or opened for The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.