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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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JAZZ PROGRAM NEWS!!


Dr. Anthony Branker Celebrates his 25th Anniversary leading the Jazz Program at Princeton University!!


Dr. Branker's Master Class column "Modal Approaches to Jazz Composition" featured in Down Beat's October 2013 issue


University Concert Jazz Ensemble to Tour Italy in January 2014 with performances in Rome, Florence and Milan!!


University Jazz Program to Present an Amazing Selection of Guest Artists in 2013-2014 that will include:

flautist/composer Jamie Baum and Her Octet
Grammy Award-Winning trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and His Septet
vocalist Alison Crockett
Afro Cuban saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry and His Quintet
saxophonist/composer David Binney and His Quartet
conguero Renato Thoms
trumpeter/bandleader Valery Ponomarev
Afro Cuban pianist/composer/percussionist Omar Sosa and His Quartet plus
The Respect Sextet


The Princeton University Orchestra, conducted by Michael Pratt and the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker will perform “Teatro di Strada,” a commissioned work by composer David Sanford written for the Princeton University Orchestra and University Concert Jazz Ensemble featuring saxophonist Ralph Bowen, plus Dr. Branker’s “Ballad for Trayvon Martin” for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet featuring Ralph Bowen
on Thursday, December 5 & Friday, December 6, 2013 @ 7:30 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall


Anthony Branker & Word Play featuring alto saxophonist David Binney, tenor & soprano saxophonist Ralph Bowen, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Donald Edwards, conguero Renato Thoms, and vocalist Alison Crockett will present pre-recording session concert performance of a new suite by composer Anthony Branker for his upcoming Forward CD project for Origin Records. FREE Admission Sunday, December 15 @ 3:00 pm, Solley Theatre, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton (102 Witherspoon Street), Princeton, New Jersey


The 3rd Annual Columbia/Princeton Jazz Summit featuring the Columbia University Jazz Program, Dr. Chris Washburne and the Princeton University Jazz Composers Project, Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker plus the University Concert Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dr. Branker with guest soloist, trumpeter Valery Ponomarev performing music from the Valery Ponomarev Big Band “Our Father Who Art Blakey” will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

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Selected Upcoming Events in 2013-2014

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Princeton JazzFeast Jazz Festival
featuring the University Jazztet
with alto saxophonist James Bartusek, tenor saxophonist Jacob Shulman, pianist Spencer Caton, bassist Austin Gengos, and drummer Arjun Dube
12:00 pm, Palmer Square, Princeton


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Colloquium Presentation with Anna Harwell Celenza
The Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music, Georgetown University

"Jazz in Translation: Popular Music in Interwar Italy, 1917-1945"
4:30 pm, Woolworth Center 102


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
Jazz Colloquium Performance featuring music by composer/flautist Jamie Baum and the Jamie Baum Octet with trumpeter Itamar Borochov, alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist  
Douglas Yates, guitarist Brad Shepik, French hornist Chris Komer, pianist John Escreet,bassist Matt Brewer, and drummer Jeff Hirshfield
1:30 pm, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Jazztet
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
University Concert Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker with Grammy-Award winning trumpeter and guest soloist Freddie Hendrix plus The Freddie Hendrix Septet featuring alto saxophonist Bruce Williams, tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, trombonist David Gibson, pianist Brandon McCune, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Cecil Brooks III
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Afro-Cuban alto saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry and His Quintet
7:00 pm, Solley Theatre, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton (102 Witherspoon Street), Princeton, New Jersey
Co-Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Joe Henderson Ensemble & University Sounds of Brazil Ensemble coached by Ralph Bowen
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
University Jazz Vocal Collective & Crossing Borders Improvisational Music Ensemble, coached by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker
7:30 pm, Solley Theatre, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton (102 Witherspoon Street), Princeton, New Jersey
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Jazz Colloquium Presentation by composer/alto saxophonist David Binney
1:30 pm, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker plus the David Binney Quartet featuring alto saxophonist David Binney, pianist Jacob Sacks, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and drummer Dan Weiss
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 & FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Princeton University Orchestra, conducted by Michael Pratt and the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker perform “Teatro di Strada,” a commissioned work by composer David Sanford written for the Princeton University Orchestra and University Concert Jazz Ensemble featuring saxophonist Ralph Bowen, plus Dr. Branker’s “Ballad for Trayvon Martin” for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet featuring Ralph Bowen
7:30 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies and the Princeton University Orchestra


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Jazz Vocal Collective, coached by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
Recital for Music 215: Projects in Jazz Performance
with visiting artist, alto & soprano saxophonist Mark Gross
8:00 pm, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Anthony Branker & Word Play featuring alto saxophonist David Binney, tenor & soprano saxophonist Ralph Bowen, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Donald Edwards, conguero Renato Thoms, and vocalist Alison Crockett present pre-recording session concert performance of a new suite by composer Anthony Branker for his upcoming Forward CD project for Origin Records. FREE Admission
3:00 pm, Solley Theatre, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton (102 Witherspoon Street), Princeton, New Jersey
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


January 25-February 1
University Concert Jazz Ensemble Tour to Italy (Rome, Florence and Milan)


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Jazztet
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
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


SATURDAY, MARCH 1
The 3rd Annual Columbia/Princeton Jazz Summit featuring the Columbia University Jazz Program, Dr. Chris Washburne and the Princeton University Jazz Composers Project, Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker plus the University Concert Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dr. Branker with guest soloist, trumpeter Valery Ponomarev performing music from the Valery Ponomarev Big Band “Our Father Who Art Blakey” 
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, MARCH 6
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Monk/Mingus Ensemble
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2
University Jazz Vocal Collective & Crossing Borders Improvisational Music Ensemble, coached by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall


THURSDAY, APRIL 10
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Herbie Hancock Ensemble
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, APRIL 19

Charmaine Lee, Jazz Vocalist
Senior Recital for Certificate Program in Musical Performance
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
Master Class with Afro-Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa
7:30 pm, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center


THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Performance/Talk with Afro-Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa
7:00 pm, Whitman College, Princeton University


SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Afro-Cuban pianist/composer Omar Sosa and the Omar Sosa Quartet
7:30 pm, Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre, Princeton
Co-Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Amali Gunawardana, Jazz Vocalist
Senior Recital
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30
Master Class with Percussionist Renato Thoms on "Latin Music Rhythm Section Performance"
7:30 pm, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SATURDAY, MAY 10
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker plus The Respect Sextet featuring trumpeter and university jazz program graduate Eli Asher
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies



SUNDAY, MAY 18
Phil McNeal, Jazz Drums
Senior Recital for Certificate Program in Musical Performance
3:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall


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