New England Conservatory
At New England Conservatory, jazz runs hot in young musicians' veins. It means the blaze of improvisation and individual creativity, the warmth of interaction in small ensembles. Experimentation is encouraged. And that's cool!
This tradition goes back 40 years, when NEC launched the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. In celebrating the 40th anniversary of this creative first, NEC dips into the past, present, and future with a night at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Similar dates set jazz clubs ablaze in Boston and in New York earlier this season, leading to an Examiner headline stating that NEC is "shaping New York's music scene."
With KKJZ radio host LeRoy Downs, The Jazzcat, as master of ceremonies, tonight's performers are a who's who of jazz innovators among NEC's LA-based alumni, includingKevin Abdella, Kathryn Bostic, George Brooks, Jimmy Earl, Moses Eder, Joseph Howell, Gabriel Johnson, Roger Kellaway, Sara Leib, Tom Regis. Kellaway was an honorary Doctor of Music recipient at NEC's commencement, May 23.
Catalina Jazz Club is located at 6725 West Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. In addition to the $15 ticket price, purchase of dinner or two drinks minimum per person is required in addition to the tickets. Doors open for dinner at 6:30pm.