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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 Concert Band "Pre-Commute Mini-Concert" for the Yale Community

Yale Concert Band, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director.
Our students want you to hear them play in the Yale Concert Band, without you having to come back to campus after a long day of work! Announcing the “Pre-Commute Mini-Concert” on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:15 p.m. – a 45-minute free concert in Woolsey Hall at the end of the work day.
Come for one or all of the four compositions on the short program:


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.


Yale Concert Band Spring Concert

Yale Concert Band, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director. Featuring works by Duffy, composer and Director of Yale University Bands since 1982. George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Duffy’s “A Parisian in America,” “Frozen Flames March,” “Crystals,” “Century Shouts,” “To the Horizon,” “And Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest,” and Duffy’s transcription of Alan Hovhaness’ “Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints,” Alex Wynn TD ‘22, marimba.


Yale Jazz Ensemble Big Band Celebrates the Centennial of Charles Mingus

Yale Jazz Ensemble Big Band, Wayne Escoffery, Music Director. Celebrating the centennial of the birth of bassist and composer Charles Mingus, one of the most important composers in jazz and the first African American musician to have the entire body of his work acquired by the Library or Congress.
Featuring Mingus hits “Nostalgia in Times Square,” “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” “Moanin’,” and more. With guests Teddy Horangic on vocals and Alaman Diadhiou on vocals and tap dance.

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