Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 6: NEC Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Music of Ken Schaphorst in Concert Broadcast

NEC Jazz Orchestra Celebrates the Music of Ken Schaphorst

in Concert Broadcast on Thursday, May 6
The NEC Jazz Orchestra celebrates the music of Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst in their final concert of the season. The program includes Schaphorst’s compositions “Charlie Parker’s Tuxedo,” “Omega Man,” “Sleepwalkers,” “Blues Almighty,” and “Mbira,” as well as his arrangements of Mingus’s “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments,” Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now,” and Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence.”  Recorded in April at NEC’s iconic Jordan Hall, the concert will be broadcast on Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST.  To watch the performances, log on to
Ken Schaphorst is an internationally acclaimed composer, performer, and educator. As Chair of the Jazz Studies Department at NEC, he teaches courses in jazz composition, arranging, theory and analysis as well as directing the NEC Jazz Orchestra. Before moving to Boston in 2001, he served for ten years as Director of Jazz Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Schaphorst is also a founding member of the Jazz Composers Alliance, a Boston-based non-profit corporation promoting new music in the jazz idiom since 1985. Schaphorst studied at Swarthmore College, NEC, and Boston University, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts in 1990. His composition teachers have included Thomas Oboe Lee, Gerald Levinson, William Thomas McKinley and Bernard Rands. Schaphorst was awarded Composition Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 and 1991, the Wisconsin Arts Board in 1997, Meet the Composer Grants in 1987 and 1997, and was a Music Composition Finalist in the Massachusetts Fellowship Program in 1986. He won the Achievement Award for Jazz Education from DownBeat magazine in 2007. Schaphorst has released seven recordings as a leader: Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Making Lunch (1989), Ken Schaphorst Big Band: After Blue (1991), Ken Schaphorst Ensemble: When the Moon Jumps (1994), Ken Schaphorst: Over the Rainbow (1997), Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Purple (1999), Ken Schaphorst: Indigenous Technology (2002) and Ken Schaphorst Big Band: How to Say Goodbye (2015).
NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became president of the Conservatory in 1967. He soon hired saxophonist Carl Atkins as the first department chair, as well as other greats including NEA Jazz Master George Russell, pianist Jaki Byard and Ran Blake. The foundation of its teaching and success begins with the mentor relationship developed in lessons between students and the prominent faculty artists. In addition to its two jazz orchestras, faculty-coached small ensembles reflect NEC’s inclusive approach to music making, with ensembles focused on free jazz, early jazz, gospel music, Brazilian music, and songwriting, as well as more traditional approaches to jazz performance.
Students are encouraged to find their own musical voices while making connections and collaborating with a vibrant community of creative musicians, and ultimately to transform the world through the power of music. The program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers and has an alumni list that reads like a who's who of jazz, while the faculty has included six MacArthur "genius" grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters.

Cécile McLorin Salvant delivers intimate home performance to raise funds for public health in Haiti

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Cécile McLorin Salvant 
& Sullivan Fortner
Deliver an Intimate Home Performance
to Raise Funds for GHESKIO in Haiti

Grammy Award-winning artist Cécile McLorin Salvant has partnered with the Haitian Global Health Alliance to release an intimate fundraising performance, At Home, recorded in her Brooklyn loft. The video will be available for viewing from May 10 – 31, with all proceeds benefiting GHESKIO, a world-renowned public health organization serving patients in Haiti.

“Ms. Salvant has been a generous musical champion for Haitian causes, including GHESKIO,” said Scott Morgan, Executive Director of the Haitian Global Health Alliance. “Her vocal talent and genre-spanning repertoire are unmatched in the jazz world today.” 

Tickets to view this exclusive performance, which includes Salvant with pianist Sullivan Fortner, are available through May 31, 2021 at for a name-your-price donation. 100% of proceeds will support GHESKIO.
A composer, singer and cross-disciplinary visual artist, Salvant has received Grammy© Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her three latest albums. In 2020, she received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and a Doris Duke Artist Award. More about Cécile McLorin Salvant, her music, art and photos can be found at

GHESKIO, which operates a network of clinics in Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti, is an international leader in clinical care and research for HIV, tuberculosis and other infectious and chronic diseases. Since the earliest days of the HIV epidemic, GHESKIO has been at the forefront of the HIV response, implementing testing and prevention strategies and treatment protocols that have influenced guidelines worldwide. GHESKIO has been a leader in Haiti’s decrease in HIV prevalence from 6.2% in 1993 to the current level of less than 2.0%. GHESKIO is also the Caribbean’s largest provider of tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. GHESKIO is world-renowned for its research, with more than 35 years of continuous support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for clinical trials and decades of support from PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) for treatment and care of people living with HIV in Haiti. GHESKIO is a member of the prestigious AIDS Clinical Trials Group, and GHESKIO researchers have published over 250 peer-reviewed publications.

About the Haitian Global Health Alliance
The Haitian Global Health Alliance is a U.S.-based 501(c)3 organization that provides fundraising and communication support for GHESKIO.

Contact Scott Morgan

Tony Malaby - Turnpike Diaries Vol​.​3 Big Mammals (2021)

Two of my favorite sound designers, William Parker and Billy Mintz, came and propelled me into beautiful landscapes bringing out the soaring screech of raptors, the sea mammal and dancing bear in me.

1. The Dancing Bear (for Tatiana) and Birds of Pray
2. Big Mammals

Tony Malaby - Tenor and Soprano saxophones
William Parker - Bass and Tuba
Billy Mintz - Drums

Recorded by Randy Thaler
Mastered by Eivind Opsvik
Cover art by Tim Berne
Thank you Kevin Reilly

Tony Malaby - Turnpike Diaries Volume 2 (2021)

There’s a type of Kung Fu one needs to drive in New Jersey. Hidden signs, many types of drivers with constantly changing velocities that are ahead, behind, and alongside one at all times. It’s very similar to this first track that I am calling Jersey Merge Redux (I have used this title before). I hope you can feel the Kung Fu as I did - unbelievable flow and intelligence from Michael and Mark. Enjoy. T

1. Jersey Merge Redux 48:47
2. Bonus Track - Elbow Up ! 34:59

Tony Malaby - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Michael Formanek - Bass
Mark Ferber - Drums

Recorded and Mixed by Randy Thaler
Mastered by Eivind Opsvik
Cover by Tim Berne
Recorded on November 10, 2020

Tony Malaby - Turnpike Diaries Volume 1 (2021)

I started playing sessions on July 6, 2020 with Billy Mintz and John Hebert under a turnpike bridge not far from my home. We would play 3 to 4 times a week, slowly more friends began to come to play with me in addition to the trio with Mintz and Hebert. I want to share some of these field recordings with you and want to begin with this session that took place on October 19. My walk to the spot with both horns on my back was so full of joy and anticipation because I was going to throw sound with some of my favorite improvisors and mentors - my “ Jefes”.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did . I can’t begin to thank Randy Thaler and Kevin Reilly for their commitment to documenting these sessions - it still keeps me looking forward and positive during these trying times . Thank you for listening. Tony Malaby

1. Los Jefes 39:32
2. Slap Happy 27:31

Tony Malaby - Tenor and Soprano saxophones
Tim Berne - Alto Saxophone
Mark Helias - Acoustic Bass
Michael Formanek - Acoustic Bass
Ches Smith - Drums

Recorded by Randy Thaler
Cover art - Tim Berne
Mastered by Eivind Opsvik
Recorded on October 19 2020

Tony Malaby - Cellar Notes (2021)

I never had the opportunity to document this quartet, so I am happy that I can now share these live sets from Cornelia St. Cafe. At the time of these recordings, I was leading the groups Tamarindo, Apparitions, and Paloma Recio, as well as many sideman projects, several of which featured Ralph Alessi and John Hébert . The three of us were yearning for an outlet to stretch out in a casual, relaxed setting with no predetermined solo order, solo length or complicated road maps. When I was offered a weekend at Cornelia Street, I jumped at the chance and called Billy Drummond.

I put together four books of tunes that were laying around the pad, mostly by peers such as Chris Lightcap, Angelica Sanchez, Dave Scott, Michael Attias, Eivind Opsvik, and Billy Mintz. We filled out the book with Ralph and John’s tunes, along with some Ornette, Frisell, Motian, and Sidney Bechet. At the time I called it “The Reading Band.” Drew Gress often subbed for Hébert . This group never played to an empty room. Please follow us here at Bandcamp and enjoy Cellar Notes.

1. Ralph and the Red Head (Dave Scott), Blind Pig (John Hébert), Flight (Billy Mintz) 29:31
2. Mirror Me (Angelica Sanchez), Humpty Dumpty (Ornette Coleman), Endless(Paul Motian) 21:17
3. Cajun Christmas (John Hébert) 10:59

Tony Malaby - Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Alessi - Trumpet
John Hébert - Bass
Billy Drummond - Drums

Recorded by Scott Friedlander
Mastered by Eivind Opsvik
Cover Art by Tim Berne
Recorded Live at Cornelia St. Cafe on March 13, 2009

Nacho Loring - Noneto (May 17, 2021)

Trumpetter and composer based in South of Spain, releasing his new album "Noneto". New compositions with a new group of nine musicians from the Andalusian jazz scene

Este disco que estás a punto de comprar se grabó en octubre de 2019 en EMMAT, Alhaurín de la Torre (Málaga). Tras una proposición de Leyla Esteso de componer música para un noneto y estrenar la música en el Festival de Jazz de Torremolinos del mismo año, el trompetista y compositor malagueño Nacho Loring pensó en los amigos con los que quería contar para dicha formación y escribió para ellos. En este EP aparecen algunos de esos temas y dos composiciones de miembros de la banda (Pablo Guzmán y Marcos Merino) que también sonaron en el ya citado festival. Deseo que lo disfruten tanto como nosotros. escribiendo y tocando esta música.

1. Vanidad
2. Aquellos ojos verdes
3. Jarana
4. Pra machucar meu coraçao
5. Calle Elvira

Nacho Loring (Trumpet and flugelhorn)
Moisés Fernández (Trombone)
Pablo Valero (Flute)
Dani Torres (Tenor sax)
Juanpe Berrocal (Alto sax and flute)
Pablo Guzmán (Guitar)
Marcos Merino (Piano)
Alejandro Tamayo (Doublebass)
Sergio Díaz (Drums)

Alejandro Lévar (Mixing, master, sound engineering)
Javier Gómez (Sound engineering)
Nita Loring (Artwork)
Luis Castillo (Poem "Calle Elvira")

Peter Brötzmann / Peter Friis Nielsen / Peeter Uuskyla - Flying Feathers (May 6, 2021)

1. The Ravens Cry At Dawn 14:37
2. Flying Feathers 10:13
3. Willie´s Chilly 12:02
4. Chilly Willy 15:23
5. Muiko 10:59

Recorded September 7, 2001 at Bohus Sound Recording, Kungälv, Sweden. All music originally released by FMR records UK, 2002.

Tenor sax, alto sax (2) and tarogato (4): Peter Brötzmann
Electric bass: Peter Friis Nielsen
Drums and recording session producer: Peeter Uuskyla
Recording engineér: Dragan Tanascovic
Photo (not original cover): Gudrun Edel-Rösnes

Birgit Ulher / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn - The Eternity Cult (May 2021 Balance Point Acoustics)

1. Is the Longest Disease of Mankind 35:05

Birgit Ulher - trumpet, radio, speaker, objects
Damon Smith - double bass
Chris Cogburn - percussion, electronics

Recorded Feb 17th, 2018 in Denton, TX
Mastered by Weasel Walter

qitus - Twee (May 2021)

1. Live On Peaks 05:55
2. In Waltzed Mood 05:15
3. Twee 07:00
4. The Wise 07:37

Mindaugas Apulskis - Tenor Sax (1, 2 and 4)
Alper Elmaci - Fender Rhodes (1 and 3), Piano (2 and 4)
Sophia Guenst - Vocals / Lyrics (3)
Dimitris Koulentianos - Double Bass
Joshua van der Beek - Guitar
Marc Laguna - Drums / Composition / Artwork

Recorded by Giorgos Kravvaritis on February 29th 2020 in Amsterdam
Assistant engineers: Pantelis Pilavios & Ayla Versluis

Mixed and mastered by Giorgos Kravvaritis

Tom O'Halloran Trio - Axiom (May 6, 2021)

Tom O’Halloran leads his own original jazz piano trio outfit and conducts orchestras from time to time, and composes experimental jazz music.

1. Gears 10:27
2. Elegy 10:41
3. The Grounding 08:01
4. Hectic 12:19
5. Shimmer 11:42
6. Conception 06:48
7. Cascade 07:03
8. One Page Indigestion Blues 06:44

Pete Jeavons (double bass)
Daniel Susnjar (drums)

Compositions and arrangements by Tom O’Halloran.

Conception originally composed by George Shearing, 1950.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Lee Buddle from Soundmine, Perth, Western Australia, late 2020.