The Festival, which celebrated its 15th Anniversary the weekend of August 6 – 8 in Kent, CT, was honored to present Pavone’s commission from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Program with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Each year in a peer-reviewed process, approximately ten composers from a pool of more than one hundred are chosen to realize their proposed works. The composer has one year to write the piece, and six months to premiere it. Mr. Pavone was one of the few composers chosen for this opportunity.
Mario Pavone’s performance of Arc Suite, performed live at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, will air in surround sound on 115 NPR stations, including the flagship WBGO Jazz 88. On JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater introduces the music and shares the creators’ stories, told in their own words. All JazzSet programs are available on demand at jazzset.npr.org.
On the week beginning November 11 (to celebrate Mr. Pavone's 70th birthday), JazzSet will feature Arc Suite, by bassist Mario Pavone. In five movements, Pavone reaches back through his 45-year career, which began in free-flowing jam sessions in the lofts of New York City. Pavone composed Arc Suite to feature the members of his long-running sextet, Orange Double Tenor. Listen on-line now.
“The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is proud of the new jazz works commissioned with our support over the years from an exciting array of jazz artists. This is a wonderful opportunity for a larger national audience to hear some of those works and artists,” said Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We salute Dee Dee Bridgewater and WBGO for their leadership in the national jazz field and are delighted to support this project.”
Mr. Pavone is a long time instructor at the Festival’s educational-arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and is the president of the non-profit board of Litchfield Performing Arts, the organization that produces the Festival and Camp.
While at the Festival JazzSet’s team recorded more than just Mr. Pavone’s performance. They were so excited by what they heard that on the week beginning November 18, JazzSet will air another program featuring other live performances from the 2010 Litchfield Jazz Festival by the Gerald Clayton Trio and the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet.
JazzSet has been produced by Becca Pulliam since 1992 with Technical Director Duke Markos and Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III. JazzSet airs on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM in Newark, NJ and on wbgo.org each Sunday at 6pm and Wednesday at 6:30pm. To find a JazzSet station, click here.
Photo of Mario Pavone live at the 2010 Litchfield Jazz Festival by Nathan Turner.