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Mario Pavone Premieres Two New Works with an 18-Piece Orchestra in Kent. The Concert is Free.

Mario Pavone Premieres Two New Works with an 18-Piece Orchestra in Kent.  The Concert is Free.
DATE: August 2, 2012
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Mattison Auditorium at Kent School, Kent, CT

Admission is free for the 7PM concert at 1 Macedonia Rd in Kent.This concert is part of "Kent has that Jazz," the free series that happens in Kent and is produced by the Litchfield Jazz Festival. 

Mario Pavone, a Waterbury, CT, native, has been on the jazz scene for more than 40 years.  But his career has been in overdrive since 2009 when he won a coveted New Works grant from the Doris Duke Foundation through Chamber Music America.  A founding faculty member of the 16-year-old Litchfield Jazz Camp, Pavone decided last summer to create an orchestra at the camp comprised of high level professional players, teaching assistants and campers.  He refers to the concept as vertical integration, and it works.  For this summer the New England Foundation for the Arts presented the Litchfield Camp/Festival with a grant to help him expand the concept.

“For 15 years” says Pavone my compositions have been studied and played by a superb group of musician/educators that make up our faculty, year after year. This Large Orchestra Project (now 18) seems a natural outgrowth of this history and those opportunities. The orchestra will conduct three days of open rehearsals where students and the public are invited to observe that intricate process where  musicians prepare a performance.”

The effort will culminate on Thursday, August 2 at 7 PM at Kent School’s Mattison Auditorium, where two new works by Mr. Pavone will be performed by saxophonists Wayne Escoffery, Jimmy Greene, Mike Di Rubbo, Kris Allen, Claire Daly and Caroline Davis; trombonists Peter McEachern, Rob Nelson, Joe Beatty and Daniel Sims; trumpeters Russ Johnson, Jean Caze, Nick Roseboro, Wallace Roney Jr; pianist Julian Shore; bassists Mario Pavone and Sean Pentland  and Robin Baytas  on drums. Robin, Daniel, and Wallace are prodigiously talented students. The ages of the players here range from 15 to 72.

“At Litchfield Jazz Camp,” says its founder and Director Vita Muir, “that’s the way we play it! Thanks to the NEFA funding, we were able to commission trumpeter Dave Ballou to arrange the works for orchestra and conduct the project.”


Photo of Mario Pavone at the 2010 Litchfield Jazz Festival by Steven Sussman.