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Juilliard Jazz Presents an Evening of Brazilian Jazz with Pianist Paulo Braga and Juilliard Jazz’s Artist Diploma Ensemble

November 6, 2012 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
Juilliard Jazz presents an evening of Brazilian jazz with guest artist, pianist Paulo Braga, performing with the Artist Diploma Ensemble, the most advanced Juilliard Jazz musicians, on Tuesday, November 20 at 8 PM in Paul Hall. Joining Mr. Braga from Brazil will be Eduardo Ribeiro on drums; Manual Silveira on flute and saxophone; and Marinho Andreotti on bass. The concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival.

Artist Diploma Ensemble members are alto saxophonist Michael Thomas, tenor saxophonist Robert Height, pianist Christopher Ziemba, bassist John Tate, and drummer Jeremy Noller.

In an exchange, Juilliard Jazz musicians will head to Brazil from December 1- 8 for concerts and master classes.

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to

Pianist Paulo Braga has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles, such as São Paulo Wind Symphony and São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Camerata Villa Lobos, Camerata Antique de Curitiba, Tatuí’s Symphony orchestra and String Camerata. He graduated in piano from the Conservatório de Tatuí and was responsible for the creation of the popular music department at the Conservatório de Tatuí in 1990 and was its coordinator until 1994. He taught piano and ensemble until 2008 when he stepped down from the institution. He has been pedagogical coordinator at EMESP – Tom Jobim, São Paulo State’s School of Music, since October 2009. With Paulo Flores, he is responsible for the Festival Brasil Instrumental, a highly-regarded event featuring Brazilian music. His main research interests are the study of piano in jazz and Brazilian popular music, as well as its fusion with different musical styles. In 2008, Mr. Braga was awarded the FUNARTE fellowship in the popular composition category, as well as the PROAC Fellowship from the São Paulo State Secretary of Culture in the CD recording category. He has been a member of Arrigo Barnabé’s group since 1988 and currently is performing the concert, “Caixa de Ódio – the Universe of Lupicínio Rodrigues.”

The next Juilliard Jazz concert is entitled “Just Jazz” and features Juilliard Jazz Ensembles performing jazz standards on Monday, December 10 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. FREE tickets will be available beginning November 26.

About Juilliard Jazz Juilliard Jazz is one of the newest programs of performance education inaugurated by The Juilliard School. Founded in 2001 and having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Juilliard Jazz offers degrees at bachelor, master, and artist diploma levels. The curriculum combines tailored studio and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. In addition, its faculty and students conduct national and international master classes and clinics.

Highlights from the 2011-2012 season include a tribute concert to legendary bassist Ron Carter in March 2012 with guest artists Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Hubert Laws, and Christian McBride; and concerts during the season with guest artists, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; singer Jane Monheit with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performing music from the American Songbook; saxophonist Joe Lovano with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra; and Gary Smulyan in “The Music of Gerry Mulligan” with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

Summer 2012 took Juilliard Jazz to West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Melbourne, Australia; and Ephraim, Utah at Snow College for summer jazz camps.

Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and tour to destinations, such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, and Brazil. Juilliard Jazz Ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Ernie Andrews, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Sean Jones, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Frank Wess, and others.

These talented Juilliard young artists are taught by today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. The experienced Juilliard Jazz faculty combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages and in recording studios worldwide. The Juilliard Jazz Quartet, its faculty ensemble, features Juilliard Jazz Artistic Director, drummer Carl Allen, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Ron Carter, and pianist Frank Kimbrough.

About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz With more than 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for more than three decades.

Born in 1961, Mr. Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. He studied at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. Mr. Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and made many recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight.

Mr. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs, and many others. Mr. Allen’s sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep).

Dreamboat, released in 1988, was Mr. Allen’s first CD as leader, followed by Piccadilly Square, The Pursuer, Testimonial, and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue debut release with bassist Rodney Whitaker. Mr. Allen was again joined by Mr. Whitaker for a second album, Work to Do. # # #

FOR LISTINGS: Tuesday, November 20, 8 PM, Paul Hall at Juilliard Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America Festival Juilliard Jazz’s Artist Diploma Ensemble Paulo Braga, pianist

The Artist Diploma Ensemble performs Brazilian jazz with pianist Paulo Braga, presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival.

FREE tickets available November 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to # # #




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