"Herb at 75: Celebrating Jazz at MIT" (here is the MIT news office blurb)
8pm TONIGHT (April 23), come see me playing bari sax with the MIT Alumni Jazz Band!
The alumni band is really remarkable; this is the cream of the last 40 years of jazz at MIT. Many of them have traveled from out-of-state just for this reunion performance. Let me tell you, the alumni band is amazing! This is no herd of out-of-breath geezers -- these are the musicians who have very clearly been actively honing their skills for the last 10-40 years. (Note, there will be a full set by the current MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble; the alumni band plays only three songs.)
This concert celebrates the 75th birthday of FJE founder Herb Pomeroy.
- Herb Pomeroy (both directing and performing solos) -- a phenomenal musician, and director of the FJE for 22 years. (As I wrote two years ago when performing a full concert with him, Herb is amazing...)
- Mark Harvey (as composer, director, and soloist) -- long-time jazz performer, composer, Ellington scholar, and teacher
- Jamshied Sharifi (as composer and soloist), who was hand-picked by Pomeroy to succeed him as FJE director from 1985 to 1993
TONIGHT, Kresge Auditorium. $5 at the door.