Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Juilliard Jazz Ensembles

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Juilliard Jazz Ensembles

 New York City, New York, USA


Juilliard Jazz 10th Anniversary & History

Juilliard Jazz, one of the most exciting and innovative jazz programs in the country, combines education in the history and traditions of the music with unparalleled professional performance opportunities designed to integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. Conceptualized by Juilliard’s president, Dr. Joseph W. Polisi and Wynton Marsalis, the program initially began as a collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Artistic Director Carl Allen and Executive Director, Laurie Carter, have assembled a jazz faculty that combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages, in clubs and recording studios worldwide. Through monthly studio classes and 15 private lessons per semester, students develop dynamic and interactive relationships with master teachers. Since the program’s inception, Juilliard Jazz alumni Lage Lund, Jon Irabagon, and Ben Williams have all won the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition.

Jazz Studies students also benefit from the relationship that Juilliard has with some of the world’s most renowned jazz artists. These artists visit Juilliard as part of an ongoing series of residencies, master classes and informational lectures throughout the year.

Students in Jazz Studies are placed in the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and several small ensembles. Artist Diploma students are selected to participate in an ensemble-based program where they can primarily concentrate on honing their performance, composition and teaching skills. Students perform in on-campus concerts, gaining experience with an eclectic repertoire. Off campus, the ensembles are also regularly featured at the world-renowned Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the Blue Note in New York City. Juilliard Jazz students also enjoy unique and exciting opportunities to participate as ambassadors from Juilliard to teach alongside the faculty and coach students at jazz camps and festivals around the world. Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including tours to destinations such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, Spain, and Brazil.

Quotes from Alumni and Special Guest Artists

"Juilliard Jazz is an exceptional program that gives its students a wide variety of experiences ranging from the origins of the music to present day innovators. In doing so, the program keeps a focus on the fundamentals, giving their students the tools to go further and become the innovators of tomorrow."
-Terence Blanchard

"The Juilliard Jazz program impresses me as one of the few top tier education opportunities for any young and serious jazz artist. Through private lessons and rigorous ensemble work, they focus on developing the individual. As one might expect, students receive guidance from high level jazz professionals, even drawing from beyond the established talent in the area. The Juilliard Jazz program should be considered by only the most dedicated young artist.”
-John Clayton

“Over the last ten years whenever I have done master classes at Juilliard Jazz, I have found the sessions to be really inspiring even to an old professional like me. The students are well prepared, respectful, and ready to learn. I have used some of them on my gigs with much success. The Juilliard Jazz program has a lot to be proud of.”
-Jimmy Heath

“Carl Allen and the faculty at Juilliard Jazz Studies have developed one of the premier jazz programs in the nation. Using standard jazz education methods, combined with an adherence to jazz pedagogy, gives any student who attends the institution an edge on just about any student in any other program.”
-Branford Marsalis

“After having many different experiences with different jazz education programs, I can say without hesitation that The Juilliard School’s jazz program is top-notch. The level of seriousness of which the students approach the music is impressive. The staff has proved unequivocally that jazz should be part of the esteemed Juilliard curriculum.”
-Christian McBride, Artist in Residence


Juilliard Jazz Discography
Goin’ Up (2011)
Special Guest Pianist Cyrus Chestnut
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

1. Lord Revive Us
2. Old Time Religion
3. I Know It Was The Blood
4. I Shall Not Be Moved
5. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
6. We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
7. Wade in the Water
8. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
9. Amazing Grace
10. Goin’ Up Yonder

Randall Haywood – Trumpet
Jordan Pettay – Alto Saxophone
Willie Applewhite -- Trombone
Kristopher Bowers -- Piano
Philip Kuehn -- Bass
Kris Bowers – Piano
Philip Kuehn – Bass
Bryan Carter -- Drums

Waltz Masquerade - Japan only (2009)
Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

1. Such Sweet Thunder
2. Take the ‘A’ Train
3. Rhapsody in Blue
4. Cottontail
5. Basie Straight Ahead
6. Masquerade: Waltz
7. Satin Doll
8. Shiny Stockings
9. Sing, Sing, Sing
10. Groovin’ Hard
11. One O’Clock Jump

Will Reardon-Anderson, Jordan Pettay – Alto Saxophone
Peter Reardon-Anderson, Jeremy Viner – Tenor Saxophone
Adison Evans – Baritone Saxophone
Matthew Jodrell, Christopher Burbank, Michael Cottone, Randall Haywood, Melvin Steven Fowler – Trumpet
James Burton III, Melissa Jean,
Robert Edwards, Javier Nero – Trombone
Kris Bowers – Piano
Philip Kuehn – Bass
Aaron Kimmel – Drums

Classic big band favorites with special guest artists Carl Allen, Ron Blake, Dominick Farinacci, and Yasushi Nakamura.

Blues in the Church (2009)
Special Guest Pianist Mulgrew Miller
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

1. This Little Light of Mine
2. Shine On Me
3. There’s a Fountain Filled with Blood
4. Guide Me Oh Thy Great Jehovah
5. Yield Not To Temptation
6. Peace Be Still
7. We’ve Come This Far by Faith
8. Have a Little Talk with Jesus
9. Lord Help Me to Hold Out

Randall Haywood – Trumpet
Peter Reardon-Anderson – Tenor Saxophone
Will Reardon-Anderson – Alto Saxophone
James Burton III – Trombone
Tom Guarna – Guitar
Kris Bowers – Piano
Yasushi Nakamura – Bass
Ryan Hayden – Drums

The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble brings together part of the origins of the jazz by bridging gospel and jazz together through traditional spirituals and hymns. The students are joined by jazz piano great Mulgrew Miller.

Live at the Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO (2008)
Artist Diploma Ensemble

1. A.N.D
2. Beautiful Nature
3. Late Arrival
4. Tenderly
5. Is That So
6. Sus Fantasy

Brandon Lee – Trumpet
Marshall Gilkes – Trombone
Donald Vega – Piano
Andrew Klein – Bass
Pete Van Nostrand – Drums

The Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies is designed to educate the finest young jazz musicians who have already had some professional experience and/or have distinguished themselves in college jazz programs. On this particular recording they perform live a series of originals as well as some jazz standards.

Above and Beyond (2007)
Special Guest Tenor Saxophonist Benny Golson
Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Ensemble

1. Above and Beyond
2. End in Sight
3. Johnnie
4. Rise and Fall
5. Song of Those Who Seek
6. The Beast

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble:
Sharel Cassity – Alto Saxophone
Marshall Gilkes – Trombone
Brandon Lee – Trumpet
Mayuko Katakura – Puano
Ryland Kelly – Bass
Jerome Jennings – Drums

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra:
Will Reardon-Anderson,
Andrew Gutauskas – Alto Saxophone/Flute
Victor Goines, Thomas Gardner,
Peter Reardon-Anderson – Tenor/Clarinet
Paul Nedzela – Baritone Saxophone
James Burton, Michael Dease,
Christopher Crenshaw, Pavel Tarussov – Trombone
Edgar Vinson – Tuba
Tatum Greenblatt, Brandon Lee, Jumaane Smith,
Satoru Ohashi, Etienne Charles – Trumpet
Peter Mazza – Guitar
Aaron Diehl – Piano/Synthesizer/B-3 Organ
Renee Cruz – Bass
James Chirillo – Banjo
Jerome Jennings – Drums
Kyle Athayde – Percussion

A breathtaking piece composed for the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra by the legendary saxophonist and composer Benny Golson, Above and Beyond was commissioned to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Juilliard School. Also included are original compositions by students in the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble.

Swingin’ Holiday (2007)
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble

1. Let it Snow
2. Jingle Bells
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Hark! The Herald Angels
5. The Holly and the Ivy
6. The Christmas Song
7. Carol of the Bells
8. Jingle Bells
9. My Dreidel
10. Kum Ba Yah

Jennifer Sheehan – Vocals
Victor Goines – Clarinet
Aaron Holbrook – Alto Saxophone
Christopher Madsen – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone/Clarinet
Andrew Gutauskas – Baritone Saxophone
Brandon Lee – Trumpet
Michael Dease – Trombone
Aaron Diehl – Piano
Philip Kuehn – Bass
Marion Felder – Drum
Makes a perfect gift with a wide array of favorite holiday classics arranged by Wynton Marsalis, Ch