Jazz Band Classic & Jimmy Heath


Swing-Era Band Opens First Season With Saxophonist Jimmy Heath in Aaron Davis Hall on February 9, 2003.

The New York Youth Symphony celebrates its 40th season in Carnegie Hall with the launch of a new jazz ensemble for tri-state area musicians ages 12-22. ‘Jazz Band Classic’ opens with jazz legend Jimmy Heath on Sunday, February 9, 2003 at 2pm in Harlem’s Aaron Davis Hall. Trombonist Ryan Keberle, a product of Juilliard’s new jazz program, makes his début as the band's first director.

Jazz Band Classic is modeled on the big bands of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Reinvigorating these all-but-lost big band arrangements with the best young jazz talent, the first half of the concert will feature the music of Jimmie Lunceford. In the second half, saxophone soloist Jimmy Heath ignites the stage with his music for big band.

Jazz Band Classic performs four concerts this season: February 9th in Aaron Davis Hall with Jimmy Heath, June 8th in Carnegie Hall with trombone soloist Slide Hampton, and two concerts in Colden Center’s LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens January 19 and May 11. All performances are Sunday afternoons at 2pm.

Single tickets for the February 9th concert are available at the Aaron Davis Hall box office for $15. For discounted subscription and group rate sales in advance of the concert, please call (212) 581-5933.

For more information, contact Jennifer Nagel at (212) 581-5933.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jazz Band Classic
  • Event Date: 2/9/2003
  • Subtitle: NYC's New Big Band
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