Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Benefit concert at New Haven school will feature Yale Jazz Ensemble

But students also will perform

John C. Daniels School will hold a benefit concert, “Jazz Under the Stars,” featuring the Yale Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy from 7 to 8 p.m. April 4 at the school courtyard.
Bring a blanket or cushion as you enjoy the sweet sound of jazz.
All proceeds from this benefit will purchase high quality new instruments for JCD band students, organizers said in a statement.
The "instruments will provide the opportunity for more advanced playing and go with the students as they matriculate at high school and beyond," the statement said.
The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a 17-piece big band, will treat guests to a special performance as they perform a wide variety of music, from the music of standard swing bands to the newest, most progressive jazz compositions, the statement said.
There also will be a special performance of Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek” featuring vocalist Stasha Rosen, a member of Yale’s Redhot & Blue a cappella group, the statement said.

Duffy is the director of Bands at Yale University and professor (adj.) in the Yale School of Music. He will lead the YJE and will invite selected John C. Daniels students to perform with this prestigious ensemble, the statement said.
“We are proud to support the mission of John C. Daniels School," Duffy said in the statement. "It is our hope to contribute to the musical education to these aspiring student musicians. Plus, it is a wonderful way to contribute back to our community.”
The school's music program has 55 member students in second through eighth grade.
A suggested donation for the event is $5 for adults, with no charge for children to attend.
To reserve tickets, contact John Miller at 203-623-8691 or by email

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