Saxophonist Craig Handy to perform with Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I in tribute to Wayne Shorter

The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I is set to honor iconic jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter with a concert featuring custom faculty arrangements performed by the student ensemble and special guest artist Craig Handy. The concert is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center.

Shorter first toured with Art Blakey and then joined Miles Davis’s mid-1960s group, which included Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. In 1970 Shorter and Joe Zawinul formed Weather Report, the most significant jazz-rock fusion band of the 1970s, with Jaco Pastorius. Shorter is known for his distinctive compositions.

Since 1986, Handy has premiered with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ray Drummond, Elvin Jones, and Kenny Barron, among others. He served more than 20 years as musical director of the Mingus Dynasty bands, with four albums under his own name, and as a sideman on countless recordings.

The Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I is the top student jazz ensemble at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. The group has played commercials with Ray Charles, the fifth-anniversary celebration of Harmony Hall in Fukui, Japan, and has had several gigs at the legendary Blue Note in New York City.

The director, New York jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig, has recorded 21 albums as a leader. He has been voted No. 1 Jazz Trombone (TDWR) in the Downbeat International Jazz Critics’ Poll and was nominated for “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011.

For nearly four decades, Mason Gross School of the Arts students have trained for professional careers as performers, composers, and educators. Advanced studies leading to graduate and doctoral degrees are offered, as well as an artist diploma in performance.

The Wayne Shorter tribute concert will take place on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mason Gross Nicholas Music Center, located at 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ. Tickets: General Public $15 / Rutgers Alumni, Employees, and Seniors $10 / Students $5. Tickets are available by calling the ticket office at 848-932-7511.

Posted November 2013