On Cinco De Mayo: Jackson Schultz and 10-Piece Jazz Band to Play Saturday in Swampscott

The Monument Music Concert Series presents the return of Professor Jackson Schultz with his 10-piece jazz band from the Berklee College of Music along with special guest, Daniel Ian Smith.

Monument Music 5/5/12


The Monument Music Concert Series presents its annual return of Swampscott resident Professor Jackson Schultz with his ten-piece jazz ensemble from the Berklee College of Music along with special guest, Daniel Ian Smith.

The Saturday evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. May 5, 2012, at the Church of the Holy Name, 60 Monument Avenue, Swampscott. This concert, first performed 14 years ago in May of 1998, was the catalyst that launched the Monument Music Series. The musicians and others involved are donating their time and talents so that all proceeds generated from this concert can be used to help fund future events.

Special guest, Daniel Ian Smith, associate professor in the Harmony Department at Berklee College, has performed with his own group in this series before. A renowned alto saxophone player, Dan also doubles on all the saxophones as well as flute and clarinet. In this concert, Dan will be covering the baritone saxophone chair in the ensemble and will be the featured soloist on the arrangement, “Benchmark” by Dan Fratina.  

Schultz, the founder of the Monument Music Concert series, who marks his 34th year of teaching in the Jazz Composition Department at the Berklee College of Music, leads this jazz band, the “Chord Scale Madness Ensemble," every spring semester. The music chosen for performance is generated out of a competition of student composers and arrangers. The young student writers, having passed a screening process, are offered the opportunity to work with Schultz to edit and to fine tune their music for performance.

From that group of writers, Schultz selects certain pieces to be performed by this band in their spring Berklee Performance Center Concert. Following that show, this “little big band” comes to Swampscott to perform a diverse program of jazz arrangements, including some of Schultz’s original compositions.

As in the past, concertgoers will hear musicians from various parts of the U.S.A. and from around the world.  This year’s band is no exception. The horn section features on trumpet, Jonah Francese from Sharon, Massachusetts playing lead trumpet and Greg Marchand from Clifton Park, New York on second trumpet.

On trombone is a New Hampshire native, Molly Rose from Hollis, who has performed in the band the last two years.  Playing the alto and soprano saxophone is Josh Plotner from Chicago, Illinois. On the tenor saxophone is Lorenzo Ferrero from Lima, Peru. Covering the bottom of the horn section is the outstanding baritone saxophone playing and special guest, Daniel Ian Smith.

The foundation of this little big band is found in the tight performance of the rhythm section. On piano is Yu Rang Han from Seoul, Korea and on guitar is Ikuto Shimizu from Gifu, Japan.  On acoustic bass is Yeolwon Sung from Seoul, South Korea who works seamlessly with Tiago Michelin from Arlington, Massachusetts performing on drums.

This is a popular show so come early to guarantee yourself a seat. Monument Music is very kid friendly and we encourage families to attend. It is a wonderful opportunity to expose children to the music.

There will be a minimum $5 donation at the door for adults, children 12 and under are free.  Refreshments and the opportunity to meet Schultz and the band will follow the hour-long event. 

For more information, call 781-771-3286 or visit the church website at  www.churchoftheholyname.com. Monument Music has been partially funded by the Local Cultural Councils in the towns of Swampscott and Lynn.

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