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Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music Celebrates 25 Years of Jazz Studies

The Purchase College Conservatory of Music will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its acclaimed Jazz Studies program by presenting several concerts in Westchester and New York City featuring students from the highly competitive program.

“It’s an honor to celebrate such an important milestone for Jazz Studies at Purchase,” said noted Jazz pianist Pete Malinverni, who leads the program. “Our alumni are among the most talented and professionally successful in the world, as evidenced by their celebrated work in jazz clubs, ensembles, and on award-winning recordings. We are thrilled to invite the public to check out the next generation of leading jazz artists right in their own back yard.”

The performance-driven curriculum strives to emphasize the practical, bringing “the street into the classroom.” With world-class performance and rehearsal facilities, the program enjoys an acclaimed reputation among today’s leading institutions. Jazz majors are mentored by some of the leading jazz artists on the scene today, including Malinverni, Todd Coolman (acoustic bass), Jon Faddis (trumpet), and David DeJesus (conductor), among many others. Prominent alumni include: internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée; vocalist Jo Lawry, who can be heard on multiple Sting albums; trumpet player Bruce Harris; Grammy award winning drummer Paul Francis; and Spike Wilner, a notable pianist and owner of Smalls.

Highlights of the 2018-19 jazz season include a special multimedia collaboration honoring Hispanic Heritage Month featuring the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra and Purchase Symphony on October 12, and a musical celebration of Black History Month featuring the Purchase Jazz Orchestra on February 15, 2019. Special spring performances include engagements at the renowned Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center and at the legendary Blue Note and Birdland Jazz clubs in New York City.

Also coinciding with the 25th anniversary, we will be launching an effort to raise funds for a Friends of Jazz Endowed Scholarship Fund. All gifts will go to scholarships for students in the Jazz Studies program. Purchase maintains a strong commitment to the idea that any student talented enough to succeed in a program as competitive as Purchase Jazz should not be impeded by an inability to pay.

For more information on the 25th Anniversary Celebration, including alumni portraits, videos, and information about how to contribute to the scholarship fund, visit the Jazz at 25 website:  https://www.purchase.edu/academics/jazz-studies/25-years-of-jazz-studies/index.php


The following concerts will be held at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. All events at the Conservatory are free and open to the public. Performances at the Performing Arts Center require tickets. Visit www.purchase.edu/music for more information.

• Blueprint Performance: Pete Malinverni
Wednesday, October 3, 12:30 pm, Neuberger Museum of Art
• Purchase Symphony and Latin Jazz Orchestras and Film Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm, The Performing Arts Center, PepsiCo Theatre
• Blueprint Performance: David DeJesus
Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 pm, Neuberger Museum of Art
• Soul Voices: It’s A Family Affair
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
• Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra
Wednesday, December 5, 8:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Choral Hall
• Purchase Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
• Purchase Symphony and Jazz Orchestras Celebrate Black History Month
Friday, February 15, 7:00 pm, The Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall
• Soul Voices: Lift Every Voice- A Celebration of Black History Month
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
• Soul Voices
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
• Purchase Jazz Orchestra
Monday, April 29, 7:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Recital Hall
• Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra
Tuesday, April 30, 8:00 pm, Conservatory of Music, Choral Hall

In addition to the events on campus, Jazz Studies students will perform in New York City this spring. For more information visit www.purchase.edu/music

• Purchase Jazz Orchestra
The Blue Note Jazz Club
Monday, April 15, 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm
• Purchase Jazz Orchestra
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Monday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
• Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland Jazz Club (Spring date TBD)

About Purchase College, SUNY
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College, SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu