Pianist Orrin Evans joins the jazz at the Creative Large Ensemble in Princeton in concert, April 9

Jazz at Princeton University, led by renowned saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, welcomes special guest pianist Orrin Evans for the Creative Large Ensemble’s Spring Concert under the direction of Darcy James Argue.

The show will feature an array of music from the jazz orchestra’s past, present and future and will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, 68 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ. Tickets are $15 for general public, $5 for students. For more information, call 609-258-9220 or visit https://music.princeton.edu/events/creative-large-ensemble-spring-concert.

Jazz at Princeton wraps up its current season with the Princeton University Jazz Festival, Wednesday through Saturday, April 27-30. Featured concerts include Trineice Robinson-Martin with the Jazz Vocal Collective (April 27), Small Group Z with saxophonist Alexa Tarantino (April 28), Small Group X with guitarist Gilad Hekselman (April 28) and International Jazz Day (April 30) with Small Groups A and I and guest saxophonists Seamus Blake and Tony Malaby.

In his kaleidoscopic quarter-century as a professional jazz musician, pianist Orrin Evans has become the epitome of a fiercely independent performer who pushes boundaries in every way. Never backed by a major label, Evans has risen to the top of the pyramid on his instrument, as affirmed by his #1 ranking as “Rising Star Pianist” in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll. for the Smoke Sessions albums The Intangible Between and Presence, Evans’ raucous and daring Captain Black Big Band, mark his bona fides as a bandleader and composer. In addition to CBBB, Evans’ many frontman and collaborative projects include the Eubanks Evans Experience (a duet with prominent guitarist Kevin Eubanks); the Brazilian unit Terreno Comum; Evans’ working trio with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr.; and Tar Baby (a 20-year collective trio with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits). One of Tar Baby’s two releases in 2022 will be released on Evans’ imprint, Imani Records, which he founded in 2001 and relaunched in 2018. He was born in Trenton, NJ and raised in Philadelphia.

Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society, winning countless awards and nominations and reimagining what a 21st century big band. Argue made his mark with his critically acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines. Other critically acclaimed recordings followed, including Brooklyn Babylon in 2013 and Real Enemies in 2016, which The New York Times hailed as “wildly discursive, nervously allusive, a work of furious ambition. .deeply in tune with our present moment.” In addition to his work with Secret Society, Argue has toured Australia and New Zealand leading the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. He has conducted performances of his music by the WDR Big Band, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and the West Point Jazz Knights. Argue has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak, and arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted residencies and workshops at the University of North Texas, McGill University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Cornish College, Western Connecticut State University and with the Western Australian Jazz Youth Orchestra, among others. In 2012, he was composer-in-residence for Missouri State University’s annual composition festival. In 2015, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, the Jerome Foundation and BAM, as well as ensembles such as the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights and the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New Music USA, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Composers Now, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, and MacDowell. colony. Her collaboration with Cecile McLorin Salvant on her original song cycle Ogresse premiered in 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jazz at Princeton University serves to promote this quintessentially American music as a contemporary and relevant art form. Its aims are to convey the vast musical and social history of jazz, to establish a solid theoretical and stylistic foundation in improvisation and composition, and to emphasize the development of individual expression and creativity. . Program offerings include academic courses, performance ensembles, masterclasses, private study, and independent projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses in the music department program that encourage the study of historical, social, theoretical, stylistic and creative issues related to the idiom of jazz.

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