Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino has named Oct. 18-24 as "Hot and Cool: 40 Years of Jazz at NEC Week" in Boston. The New England Conservatory will celebrate by hosting ticketed and free concerts in the city, which will feature many alumni, faculty and students. Clinics and community events will also be held. All proceeds will support jazz scholarships at the NEC.
The Wayne Shorter Quartet will perform with NEC's Philharmonia on Oct. 24 in Jordan Hall. He will play his first set and then the NEC's Philharmonia and director Hugh Wolff will accompany him. Shorter is writing music specifically for this event.
Another highlight is the NEC Jazz 40th Summit, which features Gunther Schuller, Bob Brookmeyer, Ran Blake, Carl Atkins, Don Byron, Rachael Price, Billy Hart, the NEC Jazz Orchestra and many more. A Generations of Jazz series will feature faculty and alumni of the NEC, including Hankus Netsky, the Dominique Eade Trio, the Michael Winograd Trio, Rachael Price with Lake Street Dive, Jerry Bergonzi and Noah Preminger.
NEC's Jazz Week will also have workshops, master classes, concerts and clinics. For more information, visit necmusic.edu/jazz40.