Student Events and Programs 2016
Winter Workshops begin January 12
New Seeds Music Showcase Friday, March 18
Young Urban Voices Saturday, March 19
Piano Recitals May 12, 13
Music Showcase Saturday, May 21
Yaboo Rite of Passage Ceremony Tuesday June 7
Student Showcase FestivalTuesday, June 7
Saturday, June 11
Capital Workforce Partners Summer Youth Employment Training Program, Rites of Passage and Neighborhood Studios Summer Program July 5 - August 12
O-H-A-T-A-C (Open House At The Artists Collective) Sunday, November 20
Pre-Kwanzaa / Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 17
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Jackie McLean International Arts Festival 2016
Music in the Atrium
XY ELi Band
Friday, February 26
6:00 - 10:00pm
XY Eli Williams, originally from Savannah, Ga., began his musical journey at his grandfather's church, before moving to Hartford in 1967. Since the 1960's, Eli has played in many bands. In addition to leading his own band, he also teaches blues guitar and history of the blues. Eli is preserving and perpetuating one of America's original art forms. His music is deeply grounded in the tradition of the blues, inspired by the architects of the music such as: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and the Masters that came before. Eli's repertoire also pays homage to contemporary artists like Jimi Hendrix, who came from the blues idiom and expanded it to another level, inspiring the next generation of musicians in America and around the world.
Call for more information (860) 527-3205.
Ray Gonzalez & His Orchestra
Friday, March 11
6:00 - 10:00pm
Ray Gonzalez is a musician dedicated in mind, body and soul to the creation of music. A renowned musician and Latin music pioneer in Connecticut, Ray was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. For over 40 years, Ray has been highly regarded as a musician, arranger, composer and educator. He has shared the stage and recorded with many Latin music pioneers, such as Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri and Johnny Pacheco to name a few. In addition to leading his own band, Mr. Gonzalez has been commissioned to arrange and compose for many New England ensembles and orchestras. In 2007, Guakía, Inc., named its annual international festival The Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival, in recognition of his pioneering work in New England.
Reservations suggested. Call for more information (860) 527-3205.
Jackie McLean Memorial Celebration Larry Willis Quintet
Saturday, May 21
$20 advance general
$25 at the door
Larry Willis was born in Harlem, New York. As a jazz pianist and composer, he has performed in a wide range of styles.
Surprisingly, he entered music not as a pianist but as a voice major, first at New York’s High School of Music and Art for gifted students, then at the Manhattan School of Music. During his senior year in high school, at 17, he had his first recording date, a classical gig with the Music and Arts Choral Ensemble, singing at Copland Opera, conducted by no less then Leonard Bernstein. But something even more important than that happened to Larry Willis at the beginning of that senior year. He started playing the piano-no lessons, no teacher, just figuring it out by himself. By the end of the winter, he was playing his first professional gigs in a jazz trio with two of his classmates, Al Foster on drums and Eddie Gomez on bass. Larry switched from voice to music theory after entering Manhattan School of Music, where he began running head-on into the all too evident barriers facing black musicians in the classical world. A positive result was Larry’s interest in jazz was turning into a passion. Fellow student, Hugh Masekela, introduced Larry to John Mehegan, the legendary New York jazz piano teacher, for what would be his first lessons ever. By the end of that year, at age 19, Larry was playing regularly with Jackie McLean, the great alto saxophone innovator, who would eventually give him his first recording date-Right Now, on Blue Note. The album featured two compositions that would become a continuing stream of Larry Willis compositions.
Since then, Larry Willis has played on more than 300 records. He’s played with almost every stellar jazz musician of the modern era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Hugh Masekela, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, and Shirley Horn. Recognized by his peers as an extraordinary, versatile pianist, his repertoire also includes rock and pop, having spent 7 years with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and having performed with many African, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban groups. This concert will be a homecoming for not only Larry Willis but also members of this special quintet, including Gary Bartz, alto saxophone, Steve Davis, trombone, with Billy Williams, drums, and Blake Meister on bass.
Tickets available at the Artists Collective (860) 527-3205 and at Integrity-n-Music, 506 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT.
Note: Advance ticket prices are honored until the day of the performance, excluding Sunday, until 2:00 p.m.