This Thursday, August 3rd, The Jazz Gallery will host the return of our long-running large ensemble composers’ showcase. This showcase has provided up-and-coming composers with the rare opportunity to perform their work with a top-flight New York big band.
This concert will feature works by three very different composers—saxophonist Remy LeBoeuf, vocalist Jihye Lee, and bassist Nicola Corso. While LeBoeuf has certainly garnered a strong reputation as a saxophonist over the last several years in New York, he has recently begun to explore his voice as a large ensemble composer. This year, he won the prestigious BMI Charlie Parker Prize for his composition “Sibbian” (previous winners have included Darcy James Argue, Anna Webber, and Miho Hazama).
Hailing from Korea, Jihye Lee holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. She is an active vocalist in New York, and just released her debut large ensemble record, April, earlier this year. Check out the pensive and evocative “April Wind,” performed at the ensemble’s record release show at Symphony Space, below.
Nicola Corso hails from Italy and is a relatively recent transplant to New York. His large ensemble compositions have won prizes throughout Europe, and Corso has begun to make a splash in New York as a participant in this year’s BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop. Check out Corso’s aesthetic range as a composer and arranger in the video below, a live performance of his big band at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.
The Jazz Gallery presents The Jazz Composers’ Showcase on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017. The concert will feature music by Remy LeBoeuf, Jihye Lee, and Nicola Corso. The band features Remy Le Boeuf, Rob Mosher, Jeremy Powell, John Lowery, and Jasper Dutz on woodwinds; Sam Hoyt, John Lake, Danny Jonokuchi, and Jim O’Connor on trumpet; Matthew McDonald, Nick Finzer, Nick Grinder, and Rebecca Patterson on trombone; Olli Hirvonen on guitar; Martha Kato on piano; Evan Gregor on bass; and Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for each set. FREE for SummerPass holders. Purchase tickets here.