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New School Jazz: Celebrating Our 30th Year with Takuya Kuroda, Gregoire Maret, and Martina DaSilva & The Ladybugs

New School Jazz: Celebrating Our 30th Year with Takuya Kuroda, Gregoire Maret, and Martina DaSilva & The Ladybugs

(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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The School of Jazz at The New School was founded by David Levy, a former dean of Parsons School of Design, saxophonist Arnie Lawrence, and Paul Weinstein, the first chairperson of the program in 1986, as the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program.  The school holds the philosophy that artists should be mentors, thus many teachers are working professionals.

The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its progressive curriculum, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and our access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City. As early as 1941 the New School for Social Research began holding classes in jazz, making it the first college in New York City to do so. 

Join us at Le Poisson Rouge on Monday April 17 as we celebrate with an evening of musical performances by three incredible alumni groups:

Takuya Kuroda

The Gospel According to Gregoire Maret

Martina DaSilva & The Ladybugs

Whether moving from Japan to the U.S. or navigating between the influences of jazz, soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and electronica, trumpeter/composer Takuya Kuroda has never followed a straight path. On his fifth studio album, the aptly named Zigzagger, Kuroda darts between those wide-ranging interests with a funky swagger and an intensely swinging vigor. Zigzagger finds the trumpeter snaking his way around the opposing poles of acoustic and electric, bristling grooves and blissed-out vibes, punchy brass and fluid synths, carving his own distinctive sonic path along the way. Kuroda’s vision is realized with the help of his regular working band, most of them friends and collaborators for more than a decade since they were students together at New York City’s New School.

Grégoire Maret moved to New York City to study at the New School University's Jazz Department in New York City upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Today he is one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world: often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, he has been asked to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn’Dour, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, to name a few.

The Ladybugs are a traditional jazz vocal group known for their intricate harmonies and experimental arrangements. The band is led by Martina DaSilva and joined by vocalist Kate Davis alongside trombonist Joe McDonough, guitarist Gabe Schnider and bassist Dylan Shamat. The band’s repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, infused with old-school swing, country and blues. The Ladybugs have performed in recent happening jazz festivals, including the NY Hot Jazz Festival, NYC Winter Jazzfest and Lincoln Center’s Generations in Jazz Festival. 

 



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