The School of Jazz

55 W 13th St, New York, New York 10011

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@The School of Jazz 2017-12-05

Students at The School of Jazz + Mannes School of Music were tasked with bringing New York Public Library for the Performing Arts's Archives to life. From Martha Graham's letters, little-seen Macpaint drawings by Keith Haring, and unpublished poetry by Amiri Baraka, they produced 6 pieces of music based on their research, which they'll perform this Thursday at @lincolncenter.

@The School of Jazz 2017-12-05

Calling all high school music students. Don't miss this audition prep program at #NewSchoolJazz, hosted by our admissions team with faculty member David Glasser. Make sure you click the link here and then click the "register" link at the top right of the page. We hope to see you there.

@The School of Jazz 2017-12-04

Don't miss our students in Jane Ira Bloom's class performing this Thursday at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Please check out the event page for more details. The concert is FREE, but please make sure to get your tickets on Eventbrite.

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-30

This Saturday, Dec 2! The incredible triple bill of Ravi Coltrane, Jen Shyu's Nine Doors, and Sun of Goldfinger (Tim Berne, David Torn, and Ches Smith) celebrate the Konceptions Music Series 500th show / fundraiser. Doors 6:30, FREE for New School students and staff with valid ID. See you there!

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-30

Our friend and #NewSchoolJazz alumnus Chris Walker stopped by the office today to visit with our Dean, Keller Coker and General Manager, Arin Canbolat. Chris is also the the President of DocFest, an organization that supports scholarships for students from the HSPVA (H.S.P.V.A. Friends) in #Houston to attend The New School. If you are in Houston, TX on Friday, December 29 please considering attending this great event for a great cause. You'll also get to hear some amazing music featuring Bob James, Eric Harland, Helen Sung and David Craig. You can catch Chris this week at the Blue Note Jazz Club, NY performing with FourplayJazz and Kirk Whalum.

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-27

Join us for a special screening of the rare jazz film, Randy In Tangier (1988), featuring legendary pianist and composer, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. This film was created for television by a joint French and Spanish production company and has never been released on DVD, or screened in New York City. The program is presented by WBGO in collaboration with College of Performing Arts at The New School 7PM: Screening, Randy in Tangier 8:30PM: Panel discussion with Randy Weston and Hisham Aidi (Columbia University), author of Rebel Music, moderated by Nate Chinen (WBGO). Randy In Tangier 1988, 85 min. Directed by Luc Michel Hannaux Starring Randy Weston Narrated by Robert Palmer With Billy Harper, tenor sax; Benny Powell, trombone; Tom McKenzie, bass; Al Harewood, drums; Eric Asante, percussion Featuring The Master Musicians of Jajouka; Dar Gnawa of Tangier; Mohamed Zin Jalala In 1967 pianist and composer Randy Weston traveled throughout Africa on a tour organized by the U.S. State Department. Weston's 14-country African tour came to a close in Morocco. By that point he'd fallen in love with the continent and decided to move to the Moroccan port city of Tangier, where he lived until 1972. Randy In Tangier joins Weston on his return to Morocco thirteen years later. He meets with musicians from three distinct traditional groups, including Dar Gnawa of Tangier (led by his longtime musical associate, Abdullah El Gourd) and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. We meet the members of his group, who have joined him on the journey to Morocco for a special performance, where his band is joined by traditional musicians. After taking up residence in Morocco, Weston became a presence in Tangier. "[I had] no Spanish, no French, no Arabic, no Berber," he says. "I come here with love and music and how the people treated me and how they treated my children. I had my children in Morocco. It was so beautiful." He opened a club called the African Rhythms Cultural Center, and programmed everything to show the cultural connections: from R&B to jazz to the spiritual music of the Gnawa people of Morocco. "We had everything in there from Chicago blues singers to singers from the Congo.... The whole idea was to trace African people wherever we are and what we do with music." Hisham Aidi, a Moroccan-American writer who now teaches at Columbia University, grew up in Tangier and says he still remembers what has parents told him about Weston. "Before I was born, Randy used to live in our street, Rue de Gibraltar. When my father was wooing my mother, he took her to see Randy perform at Cinema Alhambra," Aidi recalls. "So growing up, you hear stories about this man, this 6' 8" giant, and what he did for the music of our town." Weston eventually did move back to the U.S., but he says that by that point, his piano had become an African instrument. "If you look at the piano, inside is a harp. A harp is one of the oldest African instruments," Weston explains. "When I touch the piano, it becomes an African instrument. It's no longer a European instrument. I say that in a positive way, not a negative way."

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-22

Some great still from our D'Addario and Co. LIVE event featuring Nate Smith + Kinfolk with special guest Casey Benjamin aka stutzmcgee. - Photo Credit: Sophie Sahara Photography

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-16

Here's a little bit from Tuesday's D'Addario and Co. LIVE featuring Nate Smith + Kinfolk with special guest Casey Benjamin aka stutzmcgee, performing "Home Free."

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-15

Great feature on The School of Jazz faculty member Jane Ira Bloom and her new project, "Wild Lines"

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-14

Packed house for D'Addario and Co. LIVE featuring Nate Smith with special guest Casey Benjamin. -with Evans Drumheads

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-14

Today at 6:30pm we'll be going LIVE on Facebook from D'Addario LIVE with Nate Smith + Kinfolk.

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-13

We are ready for tomorrow! New School Jazz and D'Addario LIVE! Feat. Nate Smith + Kinfolk with special guest Casey Benjamin. Tuesday, Nov 14 at 6pm Meet and Greet at 5pm 55 West 13th St, 5th Fl #NYC #Free and open to the public -with D'Addario and Co. and Evans Drumheads

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-10

JUST ANNOUNCED: The New School alumnus Casey Benjamin aka stutzmcgee will be joining Nate Smith for New School Jazz and D'Addario LIVE! Feat. Nate Smith + Kinfolk. Don't miss this special event! -with D'Addario and Co. and Evans Drumheads

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-09

Just Announced: At 5pm on Tuesday, Nov 14 Nate Smith will be doing a meet and greet and signing posters right before New School Jazz and D'Addario LIVE! Feat. Nate Smith + Kinfolk! -with D'Addario and Co. and Evans Drumheads

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-08

Another big thank you to our friends at Conn-Selmer Education for setting us up with this beautiful Yanagisawa Soprano! Still in the packaging. #MusicEd

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-07

National Sawdust (NS), with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, is offering a $7,000 prize to two emerging female composers through its inaugural Hildegard Competition. Deadline to apply is Nov. 30!

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-06

The New School’s College of Performing Arts partners with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to present an evening of performances created by students from Mannes School of Music and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. As the culmination of an intensive semester of research and creative experimentation led by acclaimed saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom, the students will create and perform original music and theater works, inspired by and incorporating materials from the library's archives. Jane Ira Bloom and Evan Leslie, artistic directors Compositions by Nick Dunston, Kalun Leung, Blake Opper, Michael Sheelar, Zophia Warpeha, Steve Williams Performance free and open to the public - reservations required.

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-06

Getting ready for New School Jazz and D'Addario LIVE! Feat. Nate Smith + Kinfolk. Just setup our new Ludwig Drums kit with Evans Drumheads for Nate Smith.

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-03

"One of the most important figures in American creative music, Muhal Richard Abrams, died peacefully at home last Sunday, at the age of eighty-seven. “Pianist/composer” will be the description most commonly ascribed to him, but Abrams was so much more: organizer, philosopher, visionary, motivator, teacher, and always, learner. His innovation was...about...cultivating a certain kind of creative ethos that nurtured and launched some of the most extraordinary music and musicians of the past fifty years." Taylor Ho Bynum

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-03

A big THANK YOU to our partners at Conn-Selmer Education for hooking us up with 4 new Ludwig Drums kits! And there are 4 more arriving in December!

@The School of Jazz 2017-11-01

November 14, don't miss Nate Smith + Kinfolk presented by D'Addario and Co. here at #NewSchoolJazz. The event is FREE and open to the public!

@The School of Jazz 2017-10-27

#NewSchoolJazz alumnus Eyal Vilner Big Band putting a new twist on traditional Jewish music.

@The School of Jazz 2017-10-26

Check out #NewSchoolJazz Alumnus James Francies in UPROXX!

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The School of Jazz at The New School in New York City offers legendary musicians as mentors, a superb and renowned faculty, and a progressive curriculum.


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The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is committed to excellence in undergraduate jazz education. The school is distinguished by its artist-as-mentor approach to classroom teaching; its progressive, innovative curriculum and focus on small-group performance; its superb faculty, a community of legendary musicians; its exceptionally talented students; and its location in New York City, the jazz capital of the world.

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