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Swinging Jazz Recital with Rex Cadwallader & Tiffany Jackson

Sunday, January 08, 2017, 02:00pm - 03:30pm

Performance by Rex Cadwallader, piano, and Tiffany Jackson, soprano

Enjoy jazz classics by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Pianist Rex Cadwallader and soprano Tiffany Jackson explore the modern art songs of two of America's greatest composers. Duke Ellington, more widely known as a band leader, wrote some of the most popular songs ever recorded. His protege Billy Strayhorn was both harmonically adventurous for his time and composed hauntingly beautiful music and lyrics.

$20 each, in advance online
$25 each, at the door
FREE for children 12 & under

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cadwalladerAbout Dr. Rex Cadwallader: Dr. Rex Cadwallader is a noted jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He received an Emmy Award in 1999 for his original score for "The Connecticut River: A Journey Through Time," a Connecticut Public Television Special, an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his score for "Connecticut For All Seasons," another CPTV presentation. He has received composition and performance awards from downbeat magazine, compositional study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has published over sixty compositions for big band, jazz combo and vocal jazz ensemble.

His compositions for big band, small jazz ensemble, and vocal jazz ensemble have been recorded worldwide, including recordings by the Tokyo Big Band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, the Austin Big Band, and university and college big bands throughout the United States.

Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut, he has served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington, Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, at Marlborough College in Marlborough England, at Southern Connecticut State University and at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, where he continues to teach jazz piano. He received his Doctor of Arts Degree in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Composition degrees from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

As a jazz educator, Dr. Cadwallader has been a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals throughout the United States and England. His performing groups have received many national awards and have appeared at numerous state music association conventions and at the annual convention of the International Association of Jazz Educators.

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tiffany jacksonAbout Tiffany Jackson: Born in Philadelphia, Tiffany Jackson was raised in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music and Artists Diploma from Yale University School of Music. She has been a part of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the Aspen Opera Theater Center and the Virginia Opera. Additionally, she has appeared with the New Haven Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Duluth Symphony Orchestra, and with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony conducted by the renowned conductor Gustav Meier to rave reviews.

Ms. Jackson made her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut singing the soprano solo in Haydn's “Paukenmesse.” In addition, Ms. Jackson has performed in a number of music festivals and worked with such noted conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Patrick Summers, John DeMain, Laurence Foster, Gustav Meier and Sebastian Lang-Lessing. She has worked with other prominent figures; Oprah Winfrey invited her to perform at the World AIDS Day Concert in Capetown, South Africa.

Other distinctions include being a finalist in the National Leontyne Price Competition, after which she participated in a shared recital in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall with Broadway sensation, Nkenge Simpson. Following three seasons as an apprentice with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, the Metropolitan Opera awarded her a career grant. Ms. Jackson's discography includes her first commercial recording entitled "The Journey Goes On" with Edward Thompson, music director of Unitarian Church of Westport, CT, composer, and pianist.

Currently, Ms. Jackson is studying at the Manhattan School of Music for a Professional Studies Degree with Catherine Malfitano and conductor Tom Muraco. At present, she is pursuing doctorate of music degree at the University of Connecticut.



Location : Auditorium