Grammy Winner Jeff "Tain" Watts Residency

by Tessil Collins
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017




Jazz drummer/composer Jeff “Tain” Watts was the Office for the Arts Fall 2017 Artist in Residence. 

During the weeklong residency with the jazz bands at Harvard in November, Watts offered two public events:

A conversation and clinic with Jeff “Tain” Watts, with live music provided by students in the Harvard Monday Jazz Band including drummer Ethan Kripke ’20, trumpet player Miranda Agnew '21, vocalist Claire Dickson ’19 and guitarist Evan Vietorisz ’20. This event is presented by Learning from Performers. 
 
Jeff “Tain” Watts in Concert with the Harvard Jazz Bands was also presented.
 
The residency is presented by the Office for the Arts Learning from Performers program with the Harvard Jazz Bands, under the leadership of Yosvany Terry and Mark Olson.  
 
 
Jazz on the Plaza, featuring the Harvard Jazz Band and Yosvany Terry Quintet - Sunday April 30, 2017
 

Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry directed the Harvard student “Monday” Big Band in a program featuring compositions of such celebrated jazz masters as Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson and showcased his powerhouse Quintet from New York:

Yosvany Terry, alto & soprano saxophones, chekeré; Michael Rodriquez, trumpet; Osmany Paredes, piano; Yunior Terry Cabrera, bass; Ludwig Afonso, drums.
 

Jazz 24/7 webcast this very special event that you can watch here.
 

Cassandra Wilson has been named Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence. Ms. Wilson is a musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi who incorporates blues, country and folk music into her work.

Named the 2017 Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and Harvard Jazz Bands (Yosvany Terry and Mark Olson, conductors), Wilson rehearsed and performed with the Jazz Bands, visit Harvard classes and an assembly for students at a Greater Boston public school, and participate in two events open to the public:

 
On Wednesday, April 5, A Conversation with Cassandra Wilsonwas moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, at the Leverett House Library Theatre. On Saturday, April 8, the “Women in Jazz” concert featured the Harvard Jazz Bands with special guest Cassandra Wilson, at Sanders Theatre, 

 

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research presented a Performance with Angélique Kidjo - Dahomey Dance - How Rhythms and Songs Travelled from Benin to the Americas in the Horner Room, Agassiz House, Radcliffe Institute, 5 James Street, Cambridge, MA. This event was webcast by Jazz 24/7.

 

Harvard University celebrated jazz composer and pianist, Randy Weston’s Archive at Harvard with a conversation with Professor Ingrid Monson and historian Robin D. G. Kelley, and ended with a performance by Weston and his African Rhythms Quintet on Nov. 9, 2016, 7pm in Agassiz Hall Theater, 5 James Street, Cambridge, MA.   

The concert webcast can be seen here.

The conversation can be seen on the WGBH Forum Network.

89.7's Eric Jackson got to speak with Mr. Weston about his life and music.

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Dena DeRose, “the most creative and compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn” (Joel Siegel, Washington City Paper), was in residence at Harvard University October 30-November 5, 2016, sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard’s Learning From Performers program and Harvard Jazz Bands (Yosvany Terry and Mark Olson, conductors). In addition to working and rehearsing with the Harvard Jazz Bands, DeRose visited classes and participated in two events open to the public.

 

Jazz 24/7's Tessil Collins got to speak with Ms. DeRose about her career and residency.

For more information about Office for the Arts events - Click Here.

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