Dave Loeb, UNLV director of jazz sudies, has a lot to extol nowadays. Under his instructions, UNLV Jazz Ensemble I recently connected for top place at the distinguished Monterey Next Generation competitors– akin to “winning the NCAA tournament of jazz.” And his program has actually won 11 Downbeat Magazine awards considering that 2010, garnered impressive evaluations for its 7 jazz CDs, and stood out at various other festivals around the nation.
With that type of momentum, we spoke with Loeb about the program, the win, and how you can hear this exceptional talent during the upcoming UNLV Spring Jazz Festival, May 1-3.
Exactly what is the significance of the Monterey win?.
The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival is considered amongst the most highly regarded and competitive jazz education celebrations in the world. In order to complete in this festival, each university needs to send a representative recording that is identified with just a number– so it is a blind audition amongst much of the top university jazz groups worldwide.
In the college huge band division, just six of the leading groups are picked. The judges at this celebration are world-class jazz artists and educators. We have been honored to have actually been invited to compete at this festival for 8 consecutive years and formerly have actually connected for second and 3rd place. Nevertheless, this year we connected for first place with a stellar group from Philadelphia, the University of the Arts Z band.
As a result, both of our groups have actually been welcomed and will carry out in September at the Monterey Jazz Celebration, in addition to other recognized jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dee Bridgewater, and many others. This Monterey win plainly places the UNLV Jazz Ensemble in the leading tier of university jazz programs on the planet.
What music was carried out and why was it selected?.
The music was thoroughly picked in order to make the best discussion for our group and demonstrate the ability to perform in numerous designs, tempos, and with distinct interpretations.We opened with a Duke Ellington composition, “Johnny Come Recently,” set up by a former student and present instructor, Julian Tanaka.
Our second piece,” Rail Trails,” made up by jazz trumpeter Clay Jenkins, was likewise set up by Julian Tanaka. We chose a traditional Thad Jones’ sluggish blues piece” Generally Yours “for our third tune, and closed our set with an original trainee arrangement of “Love For Sale” by graduate assistant and tenor saxophonist Michael Spicer.
There were time restrictions during the competition. How do you teach your trainees to carry out so well under that type of pressure?.
Each group should carry out no greater than Thirty Minutes, consisting of the time to go into and set up and to leave the phase. My colleague Nathan Tanouye, and I rehearsed with the group with the actual time restrictions to make sure that the students had the ability to effectively perform under these conditions.
How will this win assistance students’ professions down the road?.
This opportunity might open numerous doors for our students in their respective musical professions. The world-class judges that heard the exceptional musicianship that our trainee musicians regularly produce have currently called some of our students about hiring them to potentially perform in groups with them. In addition, the contacts our trainees will make at the Monterey Jazz Festival could serve to broaden their work possibilities for the rest of their lives.
Exactly what does this win mean for you personally?.
The group from Philadelphia that we connected with, the University of the Arts Z band, was named after a trainer at that institution called Bill Zaccagni. Expense was a buddy of mine in the Philadelphia location when we were young, up-and-coming artists. He died a couple of years ago, and the dean of the school, Marc Dicciani, renamed the band in Bill’s honor.
Marc hired me to become pianist, conductor, and arranger for the Tony Acclaimed entertainer, Ben Vereen, when I was still a trainee at the Eastman School of Music and finishing my masters degree. Ben Vereen encouraged me to move to Los Angeles a couple of years later, and I took pleasure in a successful profession there as a studio pianist, conductor, arranger, and author for PBS documentaries. Fourteen years earlier, I moved here to Las Vegas to end up being the director of Jazz Studies at UNLV. So, I would’ve never ever been here at UNLV, if it hadn’t been for these connections from the Philadelphia location.
This win likewise is extremely significant because we have actually received 11 Downbeat Publication Student Music Awards because 2010, 7 impressive evaluations for our CDs from Jazz Times Publication, as well as other significant awards. Nevertheless, winning the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Celebration is a huge honor because we were playing in a live efficiency setting amongst some of the leading university groups on the planet, and to get this acknowledgment is an extraordinary accomplishment.
Explain the approaching May performances..
UNLV Jazz Studies will provide our yearly Spring Jazz Festival in the Black Box Theatre May 1-3. Each night the performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a lot of the outstanding ensembles and combos from our award-winning jazz research studies program.
The Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Uli Geissendoerfer, has won four Downbeat Publication Trainee Music Awards in the past 4 years, including Finest Latin Group in the undergraduate category. The Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Julian Tanaka, will perform on May 1. On May 2, UNLV Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Adam Schroeder, the UNLV Faculty Jazz Combination, and UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, all will carry out. The concert is dedicated to just recently passed Vincent Falcone, previous pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and Walt Blanton, jazz trumpet artist, author, and previous UNLV professor.
The UNLV Jazz Singing Ensemble, directed by Janet Tyler and including Gary Fowler and Ira Hill, the UNLV Jazz Guitar Ensemble, directed by Jake Langley, and UNLV Jazz Ensemble III, directed by college student Michael Spicer, will perform May 3.
Tell somebody who might be daunted by jazz or brand-new to jazz why they need to go to..
Anyone who might be daunted by jazz or who is brand-new to jazz should go to these concerts due to the fact that it will provide the chance to experience distinct interaction among jazz trainees who are developing music spontaneously and in the moment.
We hear you have another brand-new album in the works..
Our new Jazz Research studies CD, “Rail Trails/Latin Journey Three,” will include remarkable music from UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, the Joe Williams Jazz Combination, the UNLV Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Formality Combos, and other groups, in a collection CD that represents the absolute best work from our gifted trainees from the 2016-17 academic year. It will be out in September. In the meantime, the CD that was released the end of in 2015 is still for sale and can be acquired at the totally free May 10 at Flamingo Library Concert. [You can also get a copy by emailing Dave Loeb or calling the music office at 702-895-3332.