Jazz at Princeton University’s season finale features Terri Lyne Carrington with Darcy James Argue’s large student group in a rare performance of a Jim McNeely piece.
Jazz at Princeton University presents acclaimed Grammy Award-winning drummer Carrington with the Creative Large Ensemble directed by Argue on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at Princeton University, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The concert features a rare performance of McNeely’s Tribute to Tony Williams Lifetime.
Tickets: $15 general; $5 students. For information and tickets, call 609-258-9220 or visit music.princeton.edu.
About Terri Lyne Carrington
Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career at 10 years old, being the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in publications including People, Ebony and Modern Drummer.
After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, she worked as an in-demand musician in New York City and later moved to Los Angeles, where she was late night TV drummer for Arsenio Hall and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show. She has worked with artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, The Yellowjackets and countless others.
Carrington is the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. She is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where she holds the position of Zildjian chair in performance, Berklee Global Jazz Institute. She is also the artistic director for the Beantown Jazz Festival and Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop. Her recent recordings include “The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul,” featuring a cast of female artists including Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Nancy Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Lizz Wright, Ingrid Jensen, Linda Oh, Regina Carter and others. She also released a tribute to Ornette Coleman with David Murray and Geri Allen. She tours with her band Social Science, featuring Aaron Parks and Matt Stevens.
About Darcy James Argue
Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society.
Argue made his mark with his critically acclaimed 2009 debut, ”Infernal Machines.” 2013 saw the release of “Brooklyn Babylon,” which, like “Infernal Machines” before it, earned the group nominations for both Grammy and Juno awards. His most recent recording, ”Real Enemies,” released in the fall of 2016, earned a third consecutive Grammy nomination.
Secret Society maintains a busy touring schedule, with European, Canadian and South American tours, and four appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival. Argue has also toured Australia and New Zealand leading the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.
He has led performances of his music by the WDR Big Band, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band Palácio das Artes and the West Point Jazz Knights. Argue has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak, and created arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony.
In 2015, Argue was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, the Jerome Foundation and BAM, as well as ensembles including the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights and the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Composers Now, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony.
About Jazz at Princeton University
Jazz at Princeton University, under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa, serves to promote this uniquely American music as a contemporary and relevant art form. The program’s goals are to convey the vast musical and social history of jazz, establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regard to improvisation and composition, and emphasize the development of individual expression and creativity.
Offerings of this program include academic coursework, performing ensembles, master classes, private study and independent projects. Students also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses from the music department curriculum that encourage the study of the historical, social, theoretical, stylistic and creative issues that pertain to the jazz idiom.
Jazz at Princeton’s six major student ensembles include the Creative Large Ensemble, directed by Darcy James Argue; Small Groups I and A, directed by Mahanthappa; Small Group X, directed by Matthew Parrish; the Jazz Vocal Collective, directed by Trineice Robinson-Martin; and the Vocal Improvisation Ensemble directed by Jay Clayton.