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Dr. Anthony DJ Branker

Department of Music
Woolworth Center

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
08544


 

CJE Anniversary Concert.1 Throughout the years, the Princeton University Jazz Program under the direction of Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker has sought to educate and expose the university community to the artistic and historical significance of jazz by presenting artists and repertoire that are representative of the wide spectrum of styles and conceptual approaches found throughout the music's evolution. Students involved in jazz performance have numerous opportunities to concertize, participate in master classes, study privately, and to pursue independent projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses from the music department curriculum that encourage the study of the historical, social, theoretical, stylistic, and creative issues that pertain to the jazz idiom. In 2008, Princeton University received a multi-million dollar gift to enhance the study and performance of jazz, significantly expanding the university's ability to support performances and develop innovative research and teaching in this uniquely American and broadly influential art form. As a result of this generous contribution to the development of jazz studies at the university, we have been able to establish the newly created Certificate Program in Jazz Studies at Princeton University.

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ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Auditions for all university jazz groups to be offered in 2014-2015 will take place on:

Wednesday, September 10 from 7:00 until 11:30 pm
(McAlpin Rehearsal Hall in the Woolworth Center) for NEW students

Thursday, September 11 from 7:00 until 11:30 pm
(McAlpin Rehearsal Hall in the Woolworth Center) for RETURNING students

All Students (returning and new) must sign up for a 10-minute audition time slot on one of the dates mentioned (there will be a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of Room 102 in Woolworth).

All Students will be expected to sight-read as part of the audition, however, only New Students will be required to perform a short prepared jazz excerpt of their choosing; improvisation is optional for big band placement, but mandatory for small group inclusion.

All Vocalists auditioning for the Jazz Vocal Collective should prepare a jazz standard and bring their own accompanist, if at all possible.

Jazz Groups Offered in 2014-2015
Concert Jazz Ensemble (big band)
Jazz Vocal Collective (small group)
Jazz Composers Collective (small group)
Freddie Hubbard Ensemble (small group)
Funk/Fusion Ensemble (small group)
Free to Be Ensemble (small group)
Standard Deviation Ensemble (small group)
Sonny Rollins Ensemble (small group)
Jazz Vespers Ensemble (small group)

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JAZZ PROGRAM NEWS!!


Dr. Branker named in Down Beat magazine’s 62nd Annual Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer”


Origin Records releases Dr. Branker The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite as performed by Anthony Branker & Word Play featuring David Binney, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, Donald Edwards, Renato Thoms, and Alison Crockett


University Jazz Composers Collective to Tour Estonia in October 2014 to collaborate with jazz studies students at the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre with support from the U.S. Embassy in Estonia and EAMT


University Free to Be Ensemble to Tour Poland (Warsaw & Gda?sk) in March 2015 as part of US-Poland Campus Arts Project in collaboration with Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute

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SPECIAL CONCERT PROGRAMS!!


University Glee Club, conducted by Gabriel Crouch and the University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker perform excerpts from Abyssinian 200 – A Celebration by Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Wynton Marsalis on Sunday, December 7 @ 5:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall


University Chapel Choir, conducted by Penna Rose and 
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker perform
“Music From the Sacred Concerts of Edward Kennedy Ellington”

on Saturday, April 18 @ 8:00 pm, University Chapel


Concert for Music 321: The Improvising Ensemble led by
Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker along with vocalist Anne-Liis Poll from the
Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre & trumpeter Artur Majewski
in collaboration with Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute
on Thursday, April 23 @ 8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall

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Selected Upcoming Events in 2014-2015


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Jazz Composers Collective, coached by Dr. Anthony Branker
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
University Concert Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker with Grammy-Award winning alto saxophonist and guest soloist Mark Gross plus The Mark Gross Quintet featuring trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, pianist Benito Gonzalez, bassist John Lee, and drummer Corey Rawls8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 2
University Jazz Composers Collective Tour to Estonia in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre, the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, and the Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Funk/Fusion Ensemble & University Freddie Hubbard Ensemble,
coached by Kenny Davis
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Jazz Colloquium Performance by pianist/composer Barry Miles and His Trio featuring bassist Andy Lalasis and drummer Bob Shomo
1:30 pm, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker with guest vocalist Alison Crockett plus The Alison Crockett Trio featuring vocalist/pianist Alison Crockett, bassist Tarus Mateen, and drummer Jabari Exum
performing music from her one woman show Is This It? My American Dream
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Freddie Hubbard Ensemble, coached by Kenny Davis
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Princeton University Glee Club, conducted by Gabriel Crouch and the University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker perform excerpts from Abyssinian 200 – A Celebration by Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Wynton Marsalis
Sunday, 5:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies and the Princeton University Glee Club


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Recital for Music 215: Projects in Jazz Performance
with visiting artist, tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Jazz Vocal Collective, coached by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Princeton University Jazz Faculty Composing in the Moment Recital with tenor & soprano saxophonist Ralph Bowen, guitarist Bruce Arnold, pianist Michael Cochrane, bassist Brian Glassman, drummer Vince Ector, and musical director Dr. Anthony Branker
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Sonny Rollins Ensemble, coached by Ralph Bowen and the
University Free to Be Ensemble, coached by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


MARCH 12-22
University Free to Be Ensemble Tour to Poland (Warsaw & Gda?sk)
in collaboration with Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute


THURSDAY, APRIL 9
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Standard Deviation Ensemble, coached by Ralph Bowen
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY,
APRIL 18
University Chapel Choir, conducted by Penna Rose and  
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker perform
“Music From the Sacred Concerts of Edward Kennedy Ellington”
8:00 pm, University Chapel


THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Concert for Music 321: The Improvising Ensemble led by
Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker along with vocalist Anne-Liis Poll from the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre & trumpeter Artur Majewski in collaboration with Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SATURDAY, MAY 9
University Concert Jazz Ensemble and the University Jazz Vocal Collective,
conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker present It’s an Afro Bop Thing!!
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


**For Complete Concert Schedule click on link for "Performances plus..."
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