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First Presbyterian Church - Memorial Hall

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm:

7:00 pm: Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble
8:00 pm: Stephen Anderson Jazz Quartet
9:00 pm: Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble
10:00 pm: Community Jam session led by the Stephen Anderson Jazz Quartet

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Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (TYJE) was established in 2005 under the auspices of the non-profit Philharmonic Association. Awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2012 for extraordinary contribution to the arts, the Philharmonic Association sponsors twelve groups including five youth orchestras, four chamber and four jazz ensembles. TYJE is open to advanced middle and high school musicians, selected by annual audition in August. Since 2010, TYJE has been under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb, a 2019 Raleigh Medal of Arts awardee. TYJE members develop the skills to perform a wide range of jazz compositions in a professional setting. The current twenty-two students come from eight different towns and ten different schools and many have no other opportunity to play in a jazz big band. They rehearse once a week for an hour and a half. TYJE has earned top honors eight years in a row since 2012 at The Carolina Jazz Festival, North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2016 TYJE was the silver medalist in the national competition Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Festival and have been selected to participate for the past four years as the first and only group from North Carolina.

Stephen Anderson Playing Piano

Stephen Anderson Jazz Quartet

Featuring musicians:
Stephen Anderson, piano
Aaron Hill, saxophone
Kevin Beardsley, bass
Dan Davis, drums
Gregg Gelb, saxophone

“freely exploratory, patiently detailed, deeply felt, entirely unsentimental, and continually surprising.”

— Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

Stephen Anderson (Professor), is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist whose music has been published on fourteen compact discs through Summit, Albany, Nagel Heyer Records, and other labels. Four of Anderson’s recordings have appeared on the Grammy® Awards ballots representing Summit Records—Nation Degeneration (53rd), Believe (56th), 360˚ Jazz Initiative, Distracted Society (58th), and The Dominican Jazz Project (59th). The Dominican Jazz Project similarly represented the label at the 17th Annual Latin Grammy® Awards in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Best Jazz CD. Both the Stephen Anderson Trio Nation Degeneration and Forget Not CDs received 4½ stars (out of 5) from the All Music Guide, and Forget Not was nominated best jazz “Debut CD” (3rd Annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll 2008) and The Dominican Jazz Project was listed in the “2016’s best Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings” (Ken Frackling, Jazz Notes). Previously, Anderson was pianist with the Lynn Seaton Trio (2000-03), the North Texas One O’clock Lab Band (Lab 2000-01), was winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival piano competition (1997), and keyboardist for gold-recording country artist, Kevin Sharp (1996-97).

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