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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 2015-2016 will take place on:

Wednesday, September 16 from 7:00 until 11:30 pm
(McAlpin Rehearsal Hall in the Woolworth Center) for NEW students

Thursday, September 17 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 2015-2016
Concert Jazz Ensemble (big band)
Jazz Vocal Collective (small group)
Ornette Coleman Ensemble (small group)
Lee Morgan Ensemble (small group)
Bill Evans Ensemble (small group)
Art Blakey Jazz Messengers Ensemble (small group)
Jazz Vespers Ensemble (small group)

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JAZZ PROGRAM NEWS!!


Dr. Anthony Branker once again named in Down Beat magazine a “Rising Star Composer” in the 63rd Annual Critics Poll!!


2015-16 guests artists in concert with the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble will include pianist Jim Ridl and The Jim Ridl Quartet, trombonist Conrad Herwig and The Conrad Herwig Quintet,
and pianist Orrin Evans and The Orrin Evans Quintet!!


Program in Jazz Studies to present pianist/composer Fabian Almazan & Rhizome with String Quartet for Jazz Colloquium Presentation on Friday, April 1 and in concert on Saturday, April 2, 2016!!


Program in Latin American Studies, Program in Jazz Studies, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese to present a Talk & Performance by alto saxophonist/composer & MacArthur "Genius" Award Fellow Miguel Zenón on February 16, 2016!!

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Selected Upcoming Events in 2015-2016


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Ornette Coleman Ensemble, coached by Ralph Bowen
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
University Concert Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker with guest pianist Jim Ridl plus The Jim Ridl Quartet featuring trumpeter Philip Harper, bassist John Benitez, and drummer Donald Edwards
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Lee Morgan Ensemble coached by Ralph Bowen
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker with guest trombonist Conrad Herwig plus The Conrad Herwig Quintet featuring trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, pianist Bill O'Connell, bassist Ruben Rodriquez, and drummer Robby Ameen
8:00 pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


MONDAY, DECEMBER 7
Recital for Music 215: Projects in Jazz Performance
with visiting artist, vocalist Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Ornette Coleman Ensemble, coached by Ralph Bowen
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Jazz Vocal Collective, coached by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin &
Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker

11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Program in Latin American Studies presents a Talk & Performance by alto saxophonist/composer & MacArthur "Genius" Award Fellow Miguel Zenón
Location & Time TBD
Also Co-Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
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 3
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Bill Evans Ensemble, coached by Jim Ridl
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Jazz Colloquium Presentation by pianist/composer Fabian Almazan & Rhizome with String Quartet
12 Noon, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Performance by pianist/composer Fabian Almazan & Rhizome with String Quartet
8:00 pm, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Sponsored by the Program in Jazz Studies


THURSDAY, APRIL 14
Jazz @ Café Vivian
University Art Blakey Jazz Messengers Ensemble, coached by Jim Ridl
11:00 pm, Frist Campus Center


SATURDAY, MAY 7
University Concert Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker with guest pianist
Orrin Evans and The Orrin Evans Quintet
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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Featured Stories

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

Visiting Associate Professor/Saxophonist Ralph Bowen: The Power Play

Guitarist Christina Laurenzi Wins 2013 ReachOut 56-81-06 Fellowship

Anthony Branker: Jazz Dialogics

University Curriculum Evolves w/Faculty and Student Interests: Program in Jazz Studies et al