JAZZ ROOTS Producer
Larry Rosen Presents JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC
A Historic Concert Merging Jazz and Classical Music
Concert Broadcast Nationally on PBS - February 28, 2014
Featuring: Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin,Terence Blanchard, Mark O'Connor, Eric Owens, Shelly Berg, Elizabeth Joy Roe, Desmond Richardson and the UM Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC is a one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer and impresario Larry Rosen featuring a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz and classical artists performing iconic compositions by legendary composers. The JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC recorded program produced by Rosen, and executive produced by the National YoungArts Foundation, will be broadcast nationally on PBS TV stations premiering on February 28, 2014, and will be released internationally on CD/DVD and digitally by SONY Masterworks' OKeh Records on February 25, 2014.
The program features 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist and YoungArts Master Teacher Bobby McFerrin; 20-time GRAMMY® award-winning virtuoso pianist Chick Corea; 12-time GRAMMY® and Oscar-winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin; five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and YoungArts alumnus trumpeter Terence Blanchard who is also the artistic director for the Henry Mancini Institute. In addition, the program features two-time GRAMMY® award winning violinist Mark O'Connor, whose career has been based on the intersection of classical music and American folk music; Met opera star and YoungArts alumnus Eric Owens; classical pianist and YoungArts alumna Elizabeth Joy Roe; choreographer, dancer and YoungArts alumnus Desmond Richardson; three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Frost School of Music Dean, Music Director, pianist, arranger and YoungArts Master Teacher Shelly Berg; and the Frost School of Music's acclaimed Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by resident conductor Scott Flavin.
Two years in the making from concept to broadcast, the project harkens back to seventy years ago when producer and impresario Norman Granz expanded the scope of the jazz audience from clubs to classical concert halls, staging an all-star jazz concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The July 1944 show marked the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert that grew into an institution with Granz assembling internationally touring ensembles for the next four decades. In February 2014 this project will expand on the concept by bringing together world-class artists, composers, arrangers, and a full size philharmonic orchestra to audiences around the planet.
Larry Rosen - Producer: "This project was the culmination of our JAZZ ROOTS' 5th anniversary of presenting major concerts and education programs to music fans across the nation. Having iconic award winning artists, world class emerging artists, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra on the stage together in one of the best acoustic halls in the world is a reason for celebration... and then documenting this one-of-a-kind event for a PBS primetime broadcast and a major CD/DVD, iTunes release on SONY Masterworks, OKeh Records, is the culmination of a night to be remembered!"
Terence Blanchard - Trumpet virtuoso, YoungArts Alumnus and Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra: "I was part of YoungArts when it first started. To have such a formal organization acknowledge you as a young artist, saying that you have talent, and you can be here if you do this, was a great motivating factor for me."
Shelly Berg - Dean of the Frost School of Music, award-winning pianist and arranger: "Jazz and the Philharmonic is an example of what can happen when great organizations collaborate. The combined resources of the National YoungArts Foundation, Larry Rosen's Jazz Roots, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute resulted in a thrilling, one-of-a-kind evening that would be hard to replicate anywhere. Jazz and classical artists melded their talents together... and it worked! Genre labels and stereotypes disappeared and all that remained was great music, in the moment and full of surprises. You would be hard-pressed to find another orchestra to so seamlessly and convincingly turn 'on a dime' from one genre and style to another."
Chuck Mitchell - Senior Vice-President, Sony Music Masterworks U.S. "We're delighted to release the CD and DVD of this singular event which brings together such wonderful musicians in a unique expression of collaborative art. Congratulations to everyone who made it happen."