Master Class Series

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Master Class Series

Thomas A. Laskin Master Class Series

The Thomas A. Laskin Memorial

Jazz Master Class Series

The Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Series provides insights on this uniquely American form with some of the best musicians in the country. Past guests include Grammy-winner Eddie Gomez, Blue Note Recording Artist James Francies, plus dozens of industry pros.

Next Guest:

Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project

 


Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project

Wednesday, November 2

Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project

Ben Rosenblum’s Nebula Project is one of the most intriguing young ensembles to emerge in recent years.” -Ken Franckling, Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes

Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Sea of Tranquility), an “impressive talent” (All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Downbeat Magazine). Since the release of his debut album, Instead (4 stars, Downbeat), Rosenblum has toured extensively with his trio and sextet throughout the United States, including multiple trips to the Northeast, Midwest, South and West Coast, as well as internationally in Canada, Europe and Japan.

Most recently, Rosenblum released his third album, Kites and Strings, which is the first to feature him on both piano and accordion alongside his new sextet, the Nebula Project. This unique sextet project features prominent global music influences from a multitude of musical traditions, as well as the incorporation of the accordion and bass clarinet as primary voices in the jazz format. Since the album’s release, The Nebula Project, was voted runner-up for Best New Artist in JazzTimes’ 2020 Readers’ Poll, and has received positive reviews from over twenty publications, including All About JazzNYC Jazz RecordJazzTimesJazzLife (Japan) and more. In the past year, Rosenblum has begun to actively tour with the project, which was featured at the Jazz at Five Festival in Madison, Wisconsin, Smalls in New York City and many other venues.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Helen Bader Recital Hall
This event is free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, November 19

Lynne Arriale

“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz.” – The Guardian – UK

In the second installment of the fall series of the Laskin Master Class Series, WCM alum, now internationally acclaimed pianist, Lynne Arriale will return to WCM for her second master class of 2022. Lynne Arriale has performed on international concert stages over the past 25 years. Jazz Police called her “the poet laureate of her generation.”

Time: TBA
Helen Bader Recital Hall
This event is free and open to the public.

 

2021-2022 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

2021-2022 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

October 13, 2021 | James Francies
December 15, 2021 | Arun Luthra
March 9, 2022 | Huntertones
April 4, 2022 | Lynne Arriale

2020 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

2019 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

2019 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

March 13 | Manty Ellis, Brian Lynch & WCM Jazz Trio
April 27 | Manty Ellis & Concert All-Stars
October 2 | Christine Fawson, Trumpet player, Vocalist

2018 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

2018 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

Feb 7  |  Trumpeter Brian Lynch
Feb 28  |  Trumpeter Alex Norris
April 7  |  Drummer Carl Allen
April 25 | Eddie Gomez Trio
September 6 | Geoffrey Keezer
October 31 | Trumpeter Brian Lynch
December 5 | The Bad Plus
December 21 | Guitarist Peter Bernstein

2017 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

2017 Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Master Class Guests

Jan. 18  |  Drummer Carl Allen
Feb. 18  |  Guitarist Peter Bernstein
March 15  |  Trumpeter Brian Lynch
June 29  |  Saxophonist Greg Tardy
Sept. 30 | Pianist David Hazeltine
October 10 | Drummer Bill Stewart
October 25  |  Pianist Lynne Arriale


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