February 18, 2019

The Second Annual Yale Jazz Festival

The Second Annual Jazz Festival at Yale is a student-organized celebration of jazz, featuring both performances and discussion.  All events are open to the public and free of charge, with no ticket required during the weekend of February 7-9th!

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The Jazz Collective aims to create jazz opportunities through the mission of “promoting a community of music education and exposure on and beyond Yale’s campus, as well as lobbying for a formal jazz curriculum at Yale”.  The students organize numerous concerts and jam sessions with local and undergraduate musicians, serve as the hub of Yale’s jazz community, encourage students to form combos, and more!  Read more about the Yale Jazz Collective here , or in the Yale Daily News.  Keep up with the Yale Jazz Collective on their Tumblr blog as well, which you can view here.

Last year, as part of the Yale Jazz Collective’s mission, pianist and Yale alumnus Vijay Iyer was invited to the campus to participate in the Jazz Festival at Yale.  This year, the Yale Jazz Collective is proud to present organist/pianist Cory Henry, steel-drummer Andy Akiho, and saxophonist/flautist Paul Lieberman.

Corey Henry is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has played with a diverse array of musicians, ranging from P. Diddy and Snarky Puppy to Kenny Garrett.  His impeccable organ technique has won him accolades throughout the jazz world.  Known for his collaborations, his work as a producer, and his albums as bandleader, Henry is certainly a shining new face on the jazz scene whose acclaim continues to grow.  Henry will present an intimate duo performance with drummer Carlin White at this year’s jazz festival.

Andy Akiho is a steel pan player and composer whom the New York Times has acclaimed as “mold-breaking” and “vital”.  He will come back to his alma mater to perform with a quartet comprised partially of Yale alumni and School of Music students.  Akiho’s music is surprising and boundary-breaking, and will make for a fascinating performance.  He will present a masterclass the following day, where he will discuss his personal views on music.  We are very grateful that the Traphagen Fund will be funding this concert and talk.

Paul Lieberman is an accomplished multi0instrumentalist of who Gil Evans said, “Everything he plays sounds right”.  After earning his BA at Yale, Lieberman went on to become a staple of the Brazilian jazz scene, playing with artists such as Floria Purim and Airto Moreira.  He will perform in an exciting concert with the Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas Duffy.  Lieberman is a jazz educator who taught on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, and he will teach a masterclass following the concert.

As all events are funded through the generous donations from Yale sources and local businesses, admission to all events will be entirely free with no ticket required.  We are very excited to make all theses events freely accessible to the public and encourage members of the Yale community and the New Haven, Connecticut,New York Metropolitan areas to attend!