HARMCORE JAZZ BAND & NEW YORK JAZZ ACADEMY
Jazz concert, Czech Center New York
October 4, 2010 , 7pm, Free
Concert of two students jazz bands: Harmcore Jazz Band from the Czech Republic and New York Jazz Academy band (U.S.A)
About New York Jazz Academy
New York Jazz Academy is the fastest-growing music school in New York City and beyond. With locations across NYC and Long Island, NYJA offers jazz band rehearsals, jam sessions, improv workshops, individualized lessons, and more, to tots, kids, teens, and adults of all levels and backgrounds. Boasting a roster of many of the finest musicians and educators in NYC, students have a chance to learn all styles of jazz on virtually any instrument, including piano, guitar, drums, voice, saxophone,trumpet, and more. NYJA is an active contributor to the cultural vitality of the city. We offer school outreach programs and assemblies, special performances, partnerships with major jazz clubs, as well as custom workshops for out-of-town students and online classes.
About Javier Arau
New York Jazz Academy founder and director Javier Arau is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist, composer, and educator. The front cover artist on the July 2009 issue Saxophone Journal, he has received four Down Beat Magazine Awards for performance, composition, and arranging, and has received national awards and recognition from ASCAP, BMI, and MENC, among others.
An active performer in New York City, he has shared the stage with Dizzy Gillespie, Richie Cole, the Joe Henderson Quartet, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Steve Lacy, and many more. He studied classical saxophone with Steven Jordheim and jazz saxophone with Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone. An innovator in the field of jazz education, Javiers research and development has been recognized by leading music institutions worldwide. He has taught at New England Conservatory of Music and Lawrence University and teaches private lessons to musicians of all ages in New York City. Javier is the author of several influential music texts and articles, and he has been published by Jazz Educators Journal, UNC Jazz Press, and Dorn Publications. He has taught jazz for over 17 years.
Harmcore Jazz Band
The orchestra was formed at a seminar on the evolution of jazz when the teacher wanted to lighten the preparations for the subject in question and, after making inquiries into who played what instrument, suggested to the participants that “we could play something together” without realising what he was letting himself in for and that afterwards he would then spend the vast majority of his autumn, winter and spring at his computer arranging, adjusting and cursing this fatal idea. “Afterwards” means after we all unexpectedly began to enjoy ourselves.
The bands somewhat peculiar origin is also reflected in its line-up which can be best described as “well take whoever wants to join”. For example, having two double-basses is entirely unusual. But the famous Milan Svoboda Prague Big Band which the amateur leader of our orchestra (who by coincidence happens to be me) was lucky enough to be present at the start of, had three and they did alright!
All the orchestras ex¬cellent musicians and wonderful singers are students at the Jan Kepler Grammar School in Prague which, with all modesty, can be called a prestigious and challenging school, which infers that all its members, as well as having their musical abilities, are suitably intelligent. Out of fear that a certain mischievousness that might have been evident in the previous lines could have raised doubts about our civic responsibility and artistic authenticity, here are some more serious facts: the orchestra was formed three years ago at the Jan Kepler Grammar School in Prague and therefore it is a purely amateur school ensemble, whose line-up for this reason is constantly changing slightly. It currently has more than twenty musicians and singers; as well as the saxophones and brass section that are to be expected it also boasts an extensive string section, an unusual quantity of flutes and a large rhythm section. A speciality of the band are two violinophones, an instrument rarely seen nowadays, which gives the orchestra that authentic 1930s sound.
The orchestras re¬pertoire draws from famous Czech and worldwide hits of the swing era with occasional detours into earlier and later periods. Despite the original pure amateurism of its members (all the performers are students or recent graduates of the grammar school) the orchestra is capable of performances comparable to far more ambitious ensembles and their enthusiasm makes them very popular with audiences. The fact that a number of the orchestras members also perform with other musical groups and some of them also want to take up music professionally shows the quality of our musicians. The orchestra has performed several times with success at musical festivals of various kinds but it can play just as well for dances and is also used on various official occasions.
Concert is organized in cooperation with Selma Rockova.