Schools of Jazz band together at the Con

15 March 2012

Princeton University's Dr Anthony Branker is teaming up with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Princeton University's Dr Anthony Branker is teaming up with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jazz musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Princeton University Jazz Program will come together in Sydney next week for an intensive week of musical and cultural exchanges and two live performances.

Curated by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Chair of Jazz, Craig Scott (double bass), and the Director of Princeton's Jazz Studies, Dr Anthony Branker (trumpet), the program will involve joint masterclasses and workshops and two public performances.

Princeton's Dr Branker began his career as a trumpeter, including a stint with the Spirit of Life Ensemble during a five-year residency at New York's internationally renowned Sweet Basil jazz club. As a conductor, he has worked with such internationally renowned artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath and many others.

He has been described in All About Jazz as "one of those gurus who, although he has appeared in the spotlight as a leader or co-collaborator with various big names, has made his most lasting mark as an educator and composer…"

He is Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies, Founder and Director of the Program in Jazz Studies, and serves as Associate Director of the Program in Musical Performance at Princeton University.

The Conservatorium of Music's Craig Scott commented: "Princeton is an iconic name in the university world, and the Conservatorium enjoys that same status in Australia. It is regarded as the place to study music.

"I hope this tour marks the start of an ongoing collaboration with Princeton. I also hope it raises awareness in the community of the great things that are happening in the Conservatorium's jazz department."

Performance details 

When: 6 to 9pm, Wednesday 21 March

Where: Manning Bar, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions 

Cost: Free, no booking required

In association with the Sydney University Jazz Society and the University of Sydney Union.

Music workshop

When: 7 to 8.30pm, Friday 23 March

Where: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, corner of Bridge and Macquarie Streets, Sydney. See map 

Cost: $20, concession $15, students $10

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