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Friendship, an original jazz production composed by Kari Musil, featuring an arrangement of its finale number by New York composer/arranger, Anita Brown - 1:00 pm
900 7th St W.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
USA
Price: Free

The FREEDOM OF JAZZ ORCHESTRA presents Friendship, the world premiere of an exciting, original jazz production composed by KARI MUSIL. Friendship was made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

Trumpets Jazz & Dinner Club
*Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra* Returns to the Stage - 7:30 pm
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
1-973-744-2600
Price: $15 / $12 with Student ID

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra will take the stage for two sets at one of metro New York's finest jazz clubs, Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant in Montclair, NJ.  This is the first performance for the band since 2011.

This performance will feature at least one movement from my large-scale commemorative piece in five movements, Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra which was premiered in commemoration of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.  The piece depicts the American experience of 9/11, beginning prior to that infamous day and moving through the trauma and grief, and ending with a quest for strength, calling for all Americans to Stand as one people.

Copies of 27 EAST will be on sale at the door!

Hope to see you there!!

 ~AB

RM 44 - Fine Arts Center at UMASS Amherst
Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble - 2:30 pm
Amherst, MA 01003
Price: FREE!

I was commissioned by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley to write an arrangement of America The Beautiful for their 2014 Northeast Spring Tour.  Come on out and show your support!  All thier concerts are FREE and open to the public!  The Marine Corps Jazz Ensembles is comprised of Marine musicians in the following instrumentation: trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and a four-piece rhythm section.

Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble - 7:00 pm
939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Price: FREE!

I was commissioned by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley to write an arrangement of America The Beautiful for their 2014 Northeast Spring Tour.  Come on out and show your support!  All thier concerts are FREE and open to the public!  The Marine Corps Jazz Ensembles is comprised of Marine musicians in the following instrumentation: trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and a four-piece rhythm section.

Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble with Guest Artist, Jon Faddis - 7:00 pm
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Rose Bldg, 10th FL
New York, NY 10023
USA
Price: FREE!

I' have written an arrangement for the Marine Corps Jazz Combo commissioned by Gunnery Sgt. Jon Bley.  It will be performed with my long-time friend, guest trumpet artist Jon Faddis, on this gig.  Come on down!  It's FREE!!

The Marine Corps Jazz Combo consists of a four-piece rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass & drums) and three horns (trumpet, alto sax & trombone).  This is a great opportunity to come out and hear some great musicians for FREE!

This event marks the main kick off of a spring tour for the Marine Corps Jazz Combo, produced by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley, First Marine District, Garden City, NY.  

Gunny Bley is THE Marine who hears every musical audition on the east coast, from northern New England to the Mid-Atlantic,  for potential Marine recruits who may be interested in earning a living as a musician in The Marine Corps Musicians Enlistment Options Program (MEOP).  It's a great program filled with opportunity, steady salary and benefits.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  As of 3/7/14 at 12:12 pm EDT, this gig is still technically NOT contracted. HOWEVER, the last of the long USMC procedures is underway and we all believe this gig WILL go on as planned!  If it is canceled I will post tonight...but it's not likely to be canceled.  SHOW UP!!  It's FREE!!  

Durgan Concert Hall UMASS Lowell
Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble - 7:30 pm
35 Wilder St.
Lowell, MA 01850
Price: FREE!

I was commissioned by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley to write an arrangement of America The Beautiful for their 2014 Northeast Spring Tour.  Come on out and show your support!  All thier concerts are FREE and open to the public!  The Marine Corps Jazz Ensembles is comprised of Marine musicians in the following instrumentation: trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and a four-piece rhythm section.

Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble with Guest Artist Mike Mossman - 4:30 pm
Flushing, NY 11354
Price: FREE!

I was commissioned by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley to write an arrangement of America The Beautiful for their 2014 Northeast Spring Tour.  Come on out and show your support!  All thier concerts are FREE and open to the public!  The Marine Corps Jazz Ensembles is comprised of Marine musicians in the following instrumentation: trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and a four-piece rhythm section.

Western Connecticut State Univ., Ives Concert Hall
Marine Corps Jazz Ensemble - 8:00 pm
Danbury, CT 06810
Price: FREE!

I was commissioned by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Bley to write an arrangement of America The Beautiful for their 2014 Northeast Spring Tour.  Come on out and show your support!  All thier concerts are FREE and open to the public!  The Marine Corps Jazz Ensembles is comprised of Marine musicians in the following instrumentation: trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and a four-piece rhythm section.

Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Jazz Ensemble Clinic - 8:15
Riverdale, NY
Price: By invitation

A clinic for middle school jazz ensemble.  Should be fun!

Local Arts Index Exhibition - 5:00-8:00 pm
ML Gifts & Accessories; 75 South Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960
USA
(845) 353-4152
Price: FREE

From October 4th through 27th, Nyack's Local Art Index will offer an exhibit of local artists' work.  As there are not many musical artists included in this regular practice, I will be the first composer whose music will be featured through playing recordings over the store's sound system while offering visual images of my band at work and availing myself to answer any questions about composing music through my filters.

Please join me for the opening of this unique exhibit on Friday, October 4th at 5:00pm.  ML Gifts & Accessories is a lovely store attached to Maria Luisa Boutique;  a lovely store whose owner is a great supporter of the arts.  Admission is free.  A reception will be held beginning at 6:00pm.  I will be selling my CD, 27 EAST.

2013 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings - 10:00 am
370 Pennsylvania Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201
800-699-3168
Price: Free
My piece, "Disarming The Tempest," will be read as part of the JCOI 2013 EarShot Readings, by The Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of Matthew Kreamer, condutor on April 23rd & 24th. Readings are free and open to the public. Disarming The Tempest is a symphonic poem illuminating the plight of returning combat veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In AB form, its disjointed A section represents the tempest within, while the lyrical B section offers the inner peace they long for. Its exposition reveals four short melodic motives derived from four spoken phrases, three of which are among a civilian’s concept of conversation-starters with returning combat veterans. In this setting these phrases induce a tempest within, rather than help the veteran infantryman feel welcomed and at ease, as they can prompt guilt, pain and indignation. With programmatic intent, one can envision a combat veteran at a social gathering upon his return to civilian life, feeling alienated from that world. Assigned pitches render each phrase a motif. As the phrases are passed around the orchestra in the exposition, they are simultaneously assigned as intoned speech to additional players, reflecting an intrusive repetition of thoughts sometimes associated with PTSD. Wavering between consonance and biting dissonance reflects the veteran’s conflicted inner dialogue while appearing engaged in the civilian’s social world. The three, increasingly offensive, civilian phrases are So good to see you!, We’re so glad you made it home alive! and Did you kill anyone? The fourth phrase used is the humble veteran’s response, Thank you. Thank you very much. In its development, the manipulation and treatment of these phrases illustrate the veteran’s shift in focus, resulting in a percussive portrayal of his being transported back to combat. Following a bout with his personal memories, the transition to the B section offers increasing tranquility and progress toward greater control over his inner dialogue; a goal of many who suffer with this torment. Progress toward this goal is fraught with memories, depicted intermittently, as the piece concludes with a journey to peaceful closure, thus Disarming The Tempest. The intention of this work is to promote awareness that each of us can allow our brave warriors the reemergence of personal inner peace and optimism by honoring their service and sacrifice without invading their privacy. This composition offers each of them the acknowledgement and peace I wish for them. I am grateful to the United States Infantry Marines who allowed me a window into their world as part of my research. “…It is foolish and invasive to ask a combat soldier if he ever killed anyone…asking him that question is like asking him to reveal intimate secrets about himself…” --Grunts, by John C. McManus “Losing control of my mind had never been a part of my plans.” --Soft Spots, by Clint VanWinkle "[Explosions leave] a sense of disillusion for that split second. The world stops. Then hell kisses you in the mouth again." --Brandon Weatherford, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, United States Marine Corps
Celebrate the Holidays with Gale Cruz!
200 No. Mesquite
Arlington, TX
(817) 665-5454
New York's stellar vocalist, Gale Cruz, will perform Anita's big band arrangement of her original tune, "Santa's On His Way" with the American Jazz Composers Orchestra at The Grease Monkey in Arlington, Texas.
J.P. Stevens High School
NJ Jazz Ensemble State Finals - 5:00 pm
Edison, NJ
Price: FREE
I will be adjudicating the Jazz Ensemble State Finals, sponsored by the NJ Association of Jazz Educators.
United States Naval Academy
Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra - TBA
Dahlgren Hall
Annapolis, MD
USA
Price: FREE
Plans are underway for a second premiere production of "Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra" with The Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, the professional jazz ensemble at United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE!! **UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. 7/24/11
A World Premiere in Memorial Park
Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra - TBA
Corner of Depew & Piermont Aves.
Nyack, NY 10960
USA
Price: Free
Stand is an original symphony for jazz orchestra in five movements, currently being composed and arranged by award-winning, New York composer, Anita Brown. As conceived, it will be performed by Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra and will feature The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon from Marine Barracks, Washington, DC. While we await official confirmation, the premiere date is on their calendar! Mark your calendar for its premiere Saturday, September 10, 2011 in Memorial Park, Nyack, NY (10960) on the banks of The Hudson River. Admission if free. This unusual piece of performance art intends to commemorate and depict the American experience of the events of our national tragedy of September 11, 2001 and its effect on our nation’s psyche. Inquiries for a second premiere date are currently underway. Check back for updates! Information regarding the possibility of live streaming will be posted at a later date. Please browse this site, dedicated to this project. You will find information regarding concept, research, estimated expenses and how you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the project. Please visit www.standsymphony.com and www.facebook.com/standsymphony
Reality Bites Cafe
Nyack Jazz Week Presents "Lecture: Join In Song" - 5:00-6:00 pm
100 Main St.
Nyack, NY 10960
Price: FREE
Composer Anita Brown will give a brief overview of the concept of her original piece of performance art entitled "Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra." She will enlist the attendees to participate in singing the simple, unison melody at the end of its 5th movement in order that the audience of community members will literally join the on-stage vocalists in song, singing the melody six times. The music and video tutorials are available on the video tab at www.standsymphony.com
The Nyack Center
Composer & Community Sing-Along - 5:30-7:00
Broadway & Depew Aves
Nyack, NY 10960
Price: FREE
Local Jazz Composer, Anita Brown will hold a Sing -Along to teach members the community the theme from the fifth movment of her piece "Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra" scheduled to be premiered in Memorial Park on Saturday, September 10th at 2:00pm. This event will commemorate the ten-year mark of the American experience surrounding our national tragedy of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Join Ms. Brown for this Sing-Along at The Nyack Center, (Broadway & Depew Aves) Tuesday July 12th, 5:30-7:00 All members of the community are welcome. Musicians of Nyack Public Schools are especially needed! For more information visit www.standsymphony.com
Cool Jazz Conversations - 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Online
from Baltimore, MD
Price: FREE!! On your computer!
I will be broadcasting *live* on another online interview about "Stand" and its premiere production scheduled for September 10, 2011 in Nyack's Memorial Park. This show broadcasts out of Baltimore, MD, Monday, June 6th at 6:00pm on "Cool Jazz Conversations" Click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cooljazzconversations ***************** The show is archived here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cooljazzconversations/2011/06/06/a-cool-jazz-conversation-with-luis-munoz You must forward to 47:27 on the time code to hear my half of the show.
Nyack High School
Working Through Stand: Mvmt V with SSgt. Wallace & Nyack High School Musicians
Nyack, NY
Price: By Invitation Only
On Monday June 6th I will have the privilege of teaching the 10-measure unison vocal theme to from Stand's Mvmt V. Stand (the name of movement 5 is "Stand") members of the Nyack High School Music Department under Director Dr. Doug Bish, along side United States Marine Corps SSgt. James Wallace, Musician Placement Director from the First Marine Corps District in Garden City, NY. SSgt. Wallace is a drummer whom I met on my trip to Washington at the beginning of May. He and I will teach the simple 10-measure unison vocal theme (which was composed on September 17, 2001) to the students and subsequently play through some different options I am experimenting with, as he plays some different drum feels or "grooves" I am considering for this movement. In this manner the students will hopefully feel invested in the creation and performance of this piece and become instrumental in assisting me in encouraging the audience to sing along at the end of the piece at its premiere. Meanwhile they will be privy to observing SSgt. Wallace assisting me in working through aspects of the creative process for this unique movement, which juxtaposes jazz improvisation and militaristic material. Look for photos soon (when I fix my computer memory deficiency). The Marines may take some photos to post as well. The 10-measure theme will soon be posted as a free, downloadable pdf for all of you as well. SING IT LOUDLY!!!!!!! :) ~AB
Anita Brown's "Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra" - 6:30 pm
Rockland Radio
Nyack, NY
My friend Dan Windheim graciously offered to have me as a guest on his online radio talk show to discuss the premiere production of "Stand: A Symphony for Jazz Orchestra" scheduled for September 10th in Nyack, NY. Dan's show usually cover issues pertaining to the plight of those living with disabilities. He is doing his part to open dialogues on many topics, as a result of his life-changing car accident as a young high school student. Dan doesn't let physical limitations hold him back. He is an inspiration to all the locals here in Nyack, although he doesn't seem to realize it. Thanks Dan!
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra - 9:00 & 10:30
837 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718)789-2762
Price: Suggested Donation $5
Daniel Warren Elementary School
What Does A Composer Do?
Mamaroneck, NY
Price: Invitation Only

During a morning of clinics for Kindergarten students, I will introduce my young audience to the basics of what a "Composer" and a "Conductor" does during a week when they study words that begin with the letter "C."  We'll throw musical "Colors" in there too.   :-)

Jazz Ensembles Clinic - 10:00 am
315 South 7th Street
Las Vegas, NV
(702)799-7800
Price: Invitation Only

Anita will work with the jazz ensembles of Jazz Studies Director Patrick Bowen and Jazz Ensemble Director, Logan Biles, on some of her works and discuss the creative process in a question & answer session.

Music Lessons
51 Milton Rd.
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 967-0700
Anita is offering private study in piano and songwriting on Saturdays at Rye Arts Center for the duration of the 2010-11 school year. Summer classes in Introduction To Piano and Songwriting will be on the calendar soon! Visit their website for information regarding Introduction to Piano classes for 6 year olds, and Introduction to Songwriting for 11-13 year olds. For detailed information and scheduling call and speak to Anne Fumasoli, Director of Music
Ted Brown Quartet, or...DAD'S GIG!!!!! - Sets at 7:30 & 9:30
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
1-973-744-2600

Ted Brown, tenor sax

Jon Easton, piano

Don Messina, bass

Bill Chattin, drums

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra's Brooklyn Debut - Sets at 9:00 & 10:30 pm
837 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718)789-2762
Price: Suggested Donation $10

Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra with

Featured Guest Artist, Ted Brown, Tenor Sax

I'm very happy to announce that my father, Ted Brown, a recorded jazz artist and an original member of The Lennie Tristano School,  will, for the first time, sit in on my arrangements of his own compositions!

As part of the "Size Matters" series, The Tea Lounge has been having a number of New York Big Bands perform on Monday nights. My colleague, JC Sanford, has been taking care of these bookings and offered us a performance date over the summer. While I did live in Brooklyn as a toddler, I seldom return. The Tea Lounge has good food and a great atmosphere. Hope you'll join us!

 

By Train: R Train to Union St., or Q/B Trains to 7th Ave.

And...You can take take the 2 or 3 train into Brooklyn and get off at the Grand Army Plaza Stop.  Look for Union Street.  The Tea Lounge is just a few blocks down Union Street.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Band Personnel:

Reeds:  Dave Pietro, Marc Phaneuf, Tom Christensen, Virginia Mayhew, Ed Xiques

Trumpets: Jon Owens, Seneca Black, Alex Norris, Greg Gisbert

Trombone:  Bruce Eidem, Mike Christianson, Jason Miller, Jeff Nelson

Rhythm:  Mike Holober, Leo Huppert, Ray Marchica

Flailing Arms At Podium 'Til Music Stops:  "Yours Truly"  :-)

Brad Linde Ensemble, featuring Ted Brown (Dad) - 8:00 pm
130 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
USA
212) 254-9300
Price: (Not sure)
Playing at least one arrangement of mine with Dad! Sat. May 29 - The Brad Linde Ensemble presents "Sax of a Kind" featuring Ted Brown - 8pm "Sax Of A Kind" includes 5 saxophones with a rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass, and drums playing repertoire from the songbooks of Jimmy Giuffre, Lee Konitz, Ted Brown, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, and Bill Holman. Inspired by the saxophone style of Lester Young, the ensemble focuses on creative melodies and swinging rhythms. This concert is presented in part as a benefit for the University of the Streets.
Midtown rehearsal space
ABJO Rehearses with Judi Silvano - 1:00-5:00pm
New York, NY
Price: N/A
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra will team up with Judi Silvano for the first time, reading down some new and old charts together. While this is just the first step, and Judi is preparing for a guest spot in Israel with said charts, we both hope to have something on the calendar in the near future in the New York area.
Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration featuring The Frank Wess Nonet - 7:30pm & 9:30pm
30 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
212.258.9595
Price: $30-35 Students: $15 some sets
The Frank Wess Nonet will be performing my arrangements of two of Frank's original ballads, "Entre Nous," and "If You Can't Come, Don't Call" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC, January 19-24, 2010, in celebration of his 88th birthday! With Mr. Wess at the helm on tenor, band personnel includes Ted Nash and Scott Robinson on reeds, Frank Greene and Terell Stafford on trumpets, Luis Bonilla, trombone, Michael Weiss, piano, Peter Washington, bass and Winard Harper on drums. Special guest appearances will feature a number of renowned pianists to tickle the 88's, in celebration of Frank's 88th birthday! Tonight's Special Guest: The Legendary Hank Jones Call for reservations!
Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration featuring The Frank Wess Nonet - 7:30pm & 9:30pm
30 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
212.258.9595
Price: $30-35 Students: $15 some sets
The Frank Wess Nonet will be performing my arrangements of two of Frank's original ballads, "Entre Nous," and "If You Can't Come, Don't Call" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC, January 19-24, 2010, in celebration of his 88th birthday! With Mr. Wess at the helm on tenor, band personnel includes Ted Nash and Scott Robinson on reeds, Frank Greene and Terell Stafford on trumpets, Luis Bonilla, trombone, Michael Weiss, piano, Peter Washington, bass and Winard Harper on drums. Special guest appearances will feature a number of renowned pianists to tickle the 88's, in celebration of Frank's 88th birthday! Tonight's Special Guest: Mike LeDonne Call for reservations!
Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration featuring The Frank Wess Nonet - 7:30pm & 9:30pm
30 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
212.258.9595
Price: $30-35 Students: $15 some sets
The Frank Wess Nonet will be performing my arrangements of two of Frank's original ballads, "Entre Nous," and "If You Can't Come, Don't Call" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC, January 19-24, 2010, in celebration of his 88th birthday! With Mr. Wess at the helm on tenor, band personnel includes Ted Nash and Scott Robinson on reeds, Frank Greene and Terell Stafford on trumpets, Luis Bonilla, trombone, Michael Weiss, piano, Peter Washington, bass and Winard Harper on drums. Special guest appearances will feature a number of renowned pianists to tickle the 88's, in celebration of Frank's 88th birthday! Tonight's Special Guest: Billy Taylor Call for reservations!
Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration featuring The Frank Wess Nonet - 7:30pm & 9:30pm
30 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
212.258.9595
Price: $30-35 Students: $15 some sets
The Frank Wess Nonet will be performing my arrangements of two of Frank's original ballads, "Entre Nous," and "If You Can't Come, Don't Call" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC, January 19-24, 2010, in celebration of his 88th birthday! With Mr. Wess at the helm on tenor, band personnel includes Ted Nash and Scott Robinson on reeds, Frank Greene and Terell Stafford on trumpets, Luis Bonilla, trombone, Michael Weiss, piano, Peter Washington, bass and Winard Harper on drums. Special guest appearances will feature a number of renowned pianists to tickle the 88's, in celebration of Frank's 88th birthday! Tonight's Special Guest: Bill Charlap Call for reservations!
Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration featuring The Frank Wess Nonet - 7:30pm & 9:30pm
30 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
212.258.9595
Price: $30-35 Students: $15 some sets
The Frank Wess Nonet will be performing my arrangements of two of Frank's original ballads, "Entre Nous," and "If You Can't Come, Don't Call" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC, January 19-24, 2010, in celebration of his 88th birthday! With Mr. Wess at the helm on tenor, band personnel includes Ted Nash and Scott Robinson on reeds, Frank Greene and Terell Stafford on trumpets, Luis Bonilla, trombone, Michael Weiss, piano, Peter Washington, bass and Winard Harper on drums. Special guest appearances will feature a number of renowned pianists to tickle the 88's, in celebration of Frank's 88th birthday! Tonight's Special Guest: Renee Rosnes Call for reservations!
Frank Wess' 88th Birthday Celebration featuring The Frank Wess Nonet - 7:30pm & 9:30pm
30 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
212.258.9595
Price: $30-35 Students: $15 some sets
The Frank Wess Nonet will be performing my arrangements of two of Frank's original ballads, "Entre Nous," and "If You Can't Come, Don't Call" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, NYC, January 19-24, 2010, in celebration of his 88th birthday! With Mr. Wess at the helm on tenor, band personnel includes Ted Nash and Scott Robinson on reeds, Frank Greene and Terell Stafford on trumpets, Luis Bonilla, trombone, Michael Weiss, piano, Peter Washington, bass and Winard Harper on drums. Special guest appearances will feature a number of renowned pianists to tickle the 88's, in celebration of Frank's 88th birthday! Tonight's Special Guest: Mulgrew Miller Call for reservations!
A Composers' Workshop for Jazzy People - 2:00-5:00 pm
Messy Apartment Studios
Nyack, NY 10960
845-358-1634
Price: $100
We had a great time in our last Composers' Workshop. Hope you can join us for this one! Take advantage of this intimate setting to assist you in your decision-making: Bring your jazz composition questions and discussion topics pertaining to: - How to make your new, original tune memorable, - How to begin an arrangement for jazz orchestra from your lead sheet, - Where to go from your sketches or in your partially written chart, - How to determine which material should stay and which should go, - Creating a logical, coherent orchestrated work, - Creating tension and release, - How to develop ideas from inspired material… Seating is limited to a maximum of six for this workshop. To register go to the PRODUCTS page of this site, scroll down and use the Variable Payment Option to make your secure PayPal payment. *Times may be subject to change.
Fall Recital - 2:30 pm
51 Milton Rd.
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 967-0700
Price: FREE
Three of my young students, Julia, Richard and Garrett, will perform a series of short selections in their first piano recital! YAY!!!!! Garrett will, in fact, perform two original compositions!
OLIN HALL AT BARD COLLEGE
Bard College Jazz Ensemble directed by Thurman Barker with Special Guest Judi Silvano Singing the Great American Songbook - 7:00 pm
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Judi SIlvano will be singing arrangements of Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and Ellington's "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart," which she recently commissioned me to write for this performance.
City College of New York- CCNY
Arranging Class - 5:00 pm
New York, NY 10001
Anita will teach Mike Holober's Arranging Class today in his absence.
Call for availability & class time(s).
51 Milton Rd.
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 967-0700
Anita will be teaching classes and private lessons in beginner to intermediate piano and songwriting through August 31st at Rye Arts Center, Rye NY. She will offer a Saturday schedule for continued studies in the fall.
Intro to Piano, ages 5-7
51 Milton Rd.
Rye, NY
Anita is teaching Introduction to Piano this week at Rye Arts Center. Inquire with them for future classes in introductory piano for children, songwriting classes (ages 11-12) and/or private study on piano, music theory & songwriting.
Anita's 50th Birthday Bash Gig featuring Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra - 7:00 pm
Cedar & Main
Nyack, NY 10960
Price: FREE
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra will be one of the featured ensembles during Nyack's Jazz Week. The performance will take place in The Square at Main & Cedar Streets. Rain Location: The Nyack Center, South Broadway at the corner of Depew Avenue.
How To Listen To Jazz - 7:00pm
The Nyack Center
South Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
Price: FREE
As as part of Nyack Jazz Week, this lecture/demonstration will be given by two of Nyack's own: Award-Winning Composer/Conductor, Anita Brown, and Acclaimed Pianist & Composer, Richard Sussman. The presentation will seek to illuminate the underlying elements of melody, harmony and structure in jazz with the intention of offering listeners a greater understanding of how jazz music is created.
A Composers' Workshop for Jazzy People
2:00pm
TBA
Nyack, NY 10960
845-358-1634
Price: $90
We had a great time in our March Composers' Workshop. Hope you can join us for this one!
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra - Two Sets beginning at 7:00 pm
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 744-2600
ABJO is happy to announce its return to Trumpets Supper Club! We hope you can join us!
A Composers' Workshop for Jazzy People - 3:00-5:00 pm*
Address furnished upon registration.
Nyack, NY 10960
Price: $90
We had a great time in our January Composers' Workshop. Hope you can join us for this one! Take advantage of this intimate setting to assist you in your decision-making: Bring your jazz composition questions and discussion topics pertaining to: - How to make your new, original tune memorable, - How to begin an arrangement for jazz orchestra from your lead sheet, - Where to go from your sketches or in your partially written chart, - How to determine which material should stay and which should go, - Creating a logical, coherent orchestrated work, - Creating tension and release, - How to develop ideas from inspired material… Seating is limited to a maximum of six for this workshop. To register go to the PRODUCTS page of this site, scroll down and use the Variable Payment Option to make your secure PayPal payment. Participants will be invited to two upcoming ABJO rehearsals. *Times may be subject to change or extension, if need be.
at The Messy Apartment - 1:00-3:00 pm
Address furnished following registration
Nyack, NY 10960
845-358-1634
Price: $90
Take advantage of this intimate setting to assist you in your decision-making: Bring your jazz composition questions and discussion topics pertaining to: - How to make your new, original tune memorable, - How to begin an arrangement for jazz orchestra from your lead sheet, - Where to go from your sketches or in your partially written chart, - How to determine which material should stay and which should go, - Creating a logical, coherent orchestrated work, - Creating tension and release, - How to develop ideas from inspired material… Seating is limited to a maximum of six for this workshop. To register go to the PRODUCTS page of this site, scroll down and use the Variable Payment Option to make your secure PayPal payment.
Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra Returns To The Stage! - 7:00 & 8:30 PM
35 West 8th St.
New York, NY
212-388-9099
Price: $15
We are pleased to announce our our first performance since the 2007 IAJE Conference in NYC and our first public performance in nearly three years! Please join us at this lovely venue in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village to hear some new music and some old favorites with our line up of New Yorks finest players. See you there! (Parking is available on the street in this neighborhood after 6pm. Read the signs!)
The Mostly Music Festival: Nyack Jazz Week - 7:30pm
Depew & Piermont Avenues, at The Hudson River
Nyack, NY 10960
914-861-9100
Price: FREE!
Westchester Jazz Orchestra will perform Anita's newly commissioned arrangement on Jobim's "Sabia" in this lovely park with a backdrop of the majestic Hudson River at the Tappan Zee Bridge. The works of several renowned New York arrangers will be featured, each offering his/her take on classic jazz selections. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, a picnic basket and some wine for an inspiring evening of music. Rain Location: Riverspace Arts, Main St. in Nyack.
The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim - 8:00 pm
Seven Bridges School Auditorium, 222 Seven Bridges Road
Chappaqua, NY
914-861-9100
Price: $30; $25 Seniors; $5 Students
Anita has been commissioned once again by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra's Director, Mike Holober to write an arrangement for its "Jobim" concert.

Seven Bridges Middle School is located between Routes 133 and 100, just north of 133 in Chappaqua. For detailed directions visit the band's web site and click on "Links." Hope to see you there!
The Jazz Foundation of America's "A Great Night In Harlem" Gala Fundraiser Concert - 8:00 pm
253 West 125th St. between 7th & 8th Avenues
New York, NY
Price: $50-$1500
Nnenna Freelon will perform Anita's big band arrangement of the Billie Holiday tune, "Don't Explain," for The Jazz Foundation's Gala fundraiser. She will perform with Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band under the direction of Cecil Bridgewater. They will also record the concert for a forthcoming fundraising CD. Their past concert CD was nominated for a Grammy! Gala Dinner is at 6:30 and there is a VIP After Party too!
Lincoln Park Elementary School
Let's Compose!
Lincoln Park, NJ
Anita will bring her elementary school residency to Lincoln Park Elementary School for the fourth consecutive year. Students are currently preparing by learning about basics of composition using Brown's innovative workbook under the tutelage of fellow BMI composer, Karen Bartholomew, their energetic music teacher. See photos from past years in the photo gallery.
New Jersey City University
Jazz Arrangers' Recital - 4:00 pm
Culver Rd.
Jersey City, NJ
Price: Free
The students of my Graduate Jazz COmposition & Arranging class will have their semester's work performed by the NJCU Jazz Ensemble in Rossey Hall.
New Jersey State High School Jazz Band Competition: Finals
New Jersey State Jazz Band Competition: Finals - 7:00pm
Steinert High School
Hamilton, NJ
Price: Free
Anita Will be adjudicating the New Jersey State Jazz Band Finals at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, NJ. Sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of IAJE.
College of Southern Nevada
Clinic: The Creative Process - 3:00pm
Las Vegas, NV
Price: By Invitation
Anita will present an overview of her process, examining specific excerpts as pertains to development of inspired material in big band writing. The floor will be open to questions for students of the college.
Anita Goes To Vegas!
Las Vegas Academy Jazz Concert - 7:30 pm
Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Academy presents a concert featuring the music of Anita Brown under her baton as Guest Composer/Conductor. The concert will showcase two of this premiere performing arts school's jazz ensembles under the leadership of Director, Patrick Bowen. The two bands will perform such selections as the excitingly treacherous, "Add Venom, Shake Well," "Remembrance," " Quagmire," "Prelude & Transfiguration," the ever popular, "Alexander's Lullaby Waltz," and Anita's arrangement of Billie Holiday's blues, "Now, Baby Or Never."
Jazz Masters: The Music of Sonny Rollins and Cannonball Adderly - 8:00 pm
85 Main St.
Irvington, NY
Price: $30; $25 Seniors; $5 Students
The WJO will play an arrangement I wrote on "Save Your Love For Me" on this concert. This chart was written some time ago as a segment of a medley commissioned by Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra for WBGO's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration.
West Point Military Academy
Jazz Arrangers' Workshop - 1:00 pm
West Point, NY
Clinic with Staff Writers for The Jazz Knights big band.
West Point Military Academy
Jazz Arrangers' Workshop - 1:00 pm
West Point, NY
Clinic with Staff Writers for The Jazz Knights big band.
New Jersey City University Faculty Recital - 5:30 pm
Yamaha Studios
689 5th Ave. (E.54th St.), New York, NY
Price: Free
The NJCU Faculty will give a recital. It will include a world premiere of a duet for clarinet and tuba composed by faculty member, Anita Brown, entitled "An Unlikely Duo."
Memorial Middle School
Fair Lawn, NJ
Anita will rehearse the band, reading through a middle school march she composed for White Plains Middle School Band entitled, "Cross County March."
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Auditorium - 7:30 pm
35-01 Morlot Ave
Fair Lawn, NJ
Price: Free
Hope you can come on down! We'll be playing some wonderful band literature including my favorite piece, First Suite in Eb for Military Band by Gustav Holst.
New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal
4:00 pm
New Jersey City University, Rossey Hall
Jersey City, NJ
Anita will be rehearsing her piece, "Wake Up!", in tandem with fellow faculty member, Allen Farnham, in preparation for Ed Joffe's upcoming recording with this great band. Allen has been rehearsing a student SATB vocal quartet in preparation for the recording session. This will be the first performance and recording of this piece with its full SATB vocal arrangement. Previously recorded on "27 EAST" by Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, the original track features Anita singing the soprano line, which she overdubbed twice, for a total of three unison vocal tracks. Anita was inspired to incorporate this unusual production technique as a result of heeding the teachings of Manny Albam. The effect astounded seasoned engineer, James Farber.
Upper Nyack Elementary School
What Does A Composer Do? - 9:00 am
Nyack, NY
Price: By Invitation Only
Anita will speak to the fifth grade class about some of the things a composer has to know and what they do to create their music. The children will have the opportunity to see some of her sketches and completed scores and will listen to a short excerpt of her music. Questions and answers will follow via specially established e-mail discourse.
Memorial Middle School
Fair Lawn, NJ
This is the first of two rehearsal Anita will conduct in October, in preparation for The Fair Lawn Community Band Concert Band, by invitation of its director, Mike Christianson.
Jazz Goes Motown - 8:00 pm
Seven Bridges School Auditorium, 222 Seven Bridges Road
Chappaqua, NY
USA
WJO: 914-861-9100
Price: Tickets $30; $25 students/senior
Anita has been commissioned by Westchester Jazz Orchestra's Director, Mike Holober to write an arrangement for its "Jazz Goes Motown" show.

Seven Bridges Middle School is located between Routes 133 and 100, just north of 133 in Chappaqua. For detailed directions visit the band's web site and click on "Links." Hope to see you there!
The Chicago Jazz Ensemble - 8:00 pm
230 W. North Avenue, 3rd Floor, in Old Town
Chicago, IL
Conducted by Trumpet Artist and Director of The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Jon Faddis, this show will feature a Dance Medley by Anita Brown commissioned by Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra: "Anita Dance Medley, No. 1." See PRODUCTS for details.
New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble
Ed Joffe, Director
- 7:30pm
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
201-200-3151
Price: $12 General Admission; $8 Studen
Anita will be appearing with The New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble, conducting some of her music in their Spring Concert Also on the program, guest artist, Eddie Daniels.
New Jersey City University Jazz Department Showcase - 8:00 pm
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ
973-744-2600
Price: $10.00 cover, $5.00 minimum
The New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble will play Anita's piece, "The Lighthouse," under the direction of Ed Joffe, as part of a Spring Showcase of its wonderful Jazz Department. Call for details.
First International Jazz Arranging Competition: A Tribute to Michael Brecker
4202 E. Fowler Ave., FAH 110
Tampa, FL 33620-7350
USA
813-974-4285
Anita will serve on the Celebrity Adjudication Panel along with John LaBarbera and Paul Reed, for the First International Jazz Arranging Competition in honour of Michael Brecker and his works. Final decisions will be announced on or before March 15, 2007.
Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal
New Jersey City University
Jersey City, NJ
Anita will rehearse her award-winning piece, "The Lighthouse" with Ed Joffe's New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble, in preparation for their Spring concert series.
4:00pm
Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd Floor; Sheraton New York and Towers
New York, NY
Price: Visit www.iaje.org for fees
Performance: Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra
10:00am
The Murray Hill Suite; New York Hilton Hotel, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Price: Visit www.iaje.org for fees
Clinic: Parameters & Options in Big Band Writing
New Jersey City University Jazz Ensemble - 8:00pm
Depot Square
Montclair, NJ
Price: $10.00 cover, $5.00 minimum
NJCU Jazz Ensemble - Director, Ed Joffe, performing music by Anita Brown and other composers.
A Secret Film Project (Shhhh)
I have been asked to write music for a very cool, albeit undisclosed film project. While this is not "Top Secret" with political ramifications, it is still currently in a confidential planning stage. It will be a short film and I think it will be very hip! Stay tuned!
Bronxville, NY
This spring, Anita was also asked to join the jazz faculty at Sarah Lawrence College as of the Fall 2007 semester. She will be teaching a year-long seminar in Jazz Composition & Arranging for undergraduates. Anita will join the ranks of this most esteemed faculty, which includes ABJO's lead trumpet player, Jon Owens. Click on the link above and scroll down to read the course description.
Jersey City, NJ
Anita has been asked to join the esteemed jazz faculty at New Jersey City University as of the Fall 2007 semester. She will be teaching both graduate studies and private lessons in Jazz Composition & Arranging. This faculty includes such luminaries as Joe Magnarelli, Tim Horner, Joe Mosello, Jim Snidero and Rosanna Vitro under the direction of Jazz Department Chair, Ed Joffe.
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