Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jazz Ensemble Led by Sean Jones Makes Cleveland Debut on First-Ever U.S. Tour
Tickets on sale for National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYO Jazz) concert July 30 at Tri-C’s Metro Campus Auditorium
Carnegie Hall's NYO Jazz ensemble will kick off its first-ever U.S. tour at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®). The concert is made possible by Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland.
The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Metropolitan Campus Auditorium in Cleveland. Students from the Tri-C JazzFest Academy, under the direction of Dominick Farinacci, will open the concert.
"We're excited to present this evening of explosive young talent," said Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. "The fact that Sean Jones and Dominick Farinacci — both trumpet players from Northeast Ohio — received training in their early years right here at Tri-C makes this performance that much more meaningful."
One of Carnegie Hall's three acclaimed national youth ensembles, NYO Jazz — comprising outstanding young musicians ages 16-19 from across the United States — showcases the legacy and bright future of American jazz.
The tour takes place on the heels of the June 24 release of the ensemble's first full-length studio album, We're Still Here. The album features NYO Jazz artistic director and bandleader/trumpeter Sean Jones and special guest Melissa Aldana on tenor saxophone, plus an appearance by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.
The album includes Carnegie Hall-commissioned works from each year of the program, which explore themes including social justice, resilience and the power of music to spark joy.
Created in 2018 by the Hall's Weill Music Institute, NYO Jazz annually brings together some of the nation's finest teen jazz musicians to train, perform and tour with world-class jazz masters while serving as music ambassadors for their country.
Tickets, which are $10 for students with valid ID and $20 for general admission, can be purchased at seanjonesnyojazz.eventbrite.com. Free parking is available in Lot 5 off Woodland Avenue.
Masks are optional for all audience members, staff and technical personnel, in accordance with College policy.
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is an educational festival with year-round programming that culminates in a three-day summer music event at Playhouse Square. This year's festival, presented by KeyBank, ran June 23-25 and featured hundreds of artists performing jazz and other genres on indoor and outdoor stages. Learn more at tri-cjazzfest.com.
July 06, 2022
By Anthony Moujaes, 216-987-3068 or firstname.lastname@example.org