JTS Presents: The Sacred Power of Jazz, Featuring The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble with Rodney Jones

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November 11, 2013, New York, NY—JTS Presents: The Sacred Power of Jazz, Featuring The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble with Rodney Jones, will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble—Jordan Pettay (saxophone), Jonathan Challoner (trumpet), Jahaan Sweet (piano), Daniel Chmielinski (bass), Sammy Miller (drums), and featured guest Rodney Jones (guitar)—will offer an evening of inspirational music with roots in the jazz tradition. Highlighting the rich connection between religion and jazz music, the program will explore themes of struggle, spirituality, and redemption. From the Bible through the Civil Rights Movement, and with rhythmic currents from soul to bossa nova, The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble will take the audience on a journey that demonstrates the sacred power of jazz.

Admission to the concert is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each; students with a valid school ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each. Space is limited. Order tickets now at www.jtsa.edu/Juilliard. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

This concert is the culmination of The Juilliard School’s third daylong residency of educational and inspirational performances and master classes at JTS, and the first of the 2013–2014 academic year. “These residencies and concerts by the Juilliard School,” says Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of JTS, are a significant step forward in our effort to make the creative arts a vital presence in the life and culture of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The JTS Arts Initiative, launched by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen with the energetic and able support of our distinguished Arts Advisory Board, is already causing a stir with exciting new ventures such as this one with Juilliard—and there is much more to come.”

The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles are a vital part of the Juilliard Jazz Studies Program. One of the most exciting and innovative jazz programs in the country, Juilliard Jazz Studies combines education in the history and tradition of jazz with unparalleled professional performance opportunities. Headed by Artistic Director Carl Allen, the program educates, encourages, and empowers students to succeed in today’s world of music. Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform at the Juilliard School, world-renowned venues in New York City, and internationally, often featuring legendary guest artists. When on tour, Juilliard Jazz musicians bring exhilarating performances, exceptional workshops, innovative master classes, and transformative residencies to diverse audiences.

Rodney Jones (Juilliard Jazz faculty, guitar) has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, James Brown, Maceo Parker, Kenny Garrett, Chaka Kahn, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. His extensive television work includes the Rosie O’Donnell Show, the Cosby Show, Showtime at the Apollo, and the Apprentice. As a leader, he has recorded for Blue Note Records, Verve, and HighNote Records. He has also conducted master classes at the Eastman School, Berklee School of Music, and other major institutions.

The Juilliard School established this country’s standard for performing arts education in music (1905), adding dance (1951) and, as a founding member of Lincoln Center in 1968, drama. Currently more than 800 young artists from 44 states (plus Washington DC) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard.

The Jewish Theological Seminary serves North American Jewry by educating intellectual and spiritual leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center, training rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists who are inspired by our vision of Torah and dedicated to assisting in its realization.

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