"I had heard of the excellence of this program for some time. And you have exceeded my expectations."
Students and faculty of VCU and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) perform together at VCU.
Photo credit: Jean-Philippe Cyprès
"I so enjoyed working with
your students and ensembles; the verve and polish with which they performed
the music I brought as well as the other charts presented was an inspiration
to me. I was also much impressed with the individual talents of many of
the students, as instrumentalists, soloists, and even composer/arrangers!
Your focus on ensemble skills and encouragement of creative individuality
together bring the perfect mix to your bands and students therein. I will
be recommending your program to students looking for a quality education
in music with an emphasis on the art form we both love jazz."
"I travel all over
the world; but to get a chance to work with such great musicians and in
this kind of circumstance has been really amazing experience for me. And
I learned a great deal watching Tony because he's such an incredible communicator
and leader. He has the respect of all these musicians, and he deserves
it. And it's just great to watch."
"It's clear to me
that this band is doing the right thing. I have heard a level of musicianship
and groove from this ensemble that I do not often hear in university jazz
"As one of García's motives is to prepare his apprentices for any musical challenges they may encounter, the large ensemble faces down and vanquishes charts by composers as disparate as Sammy Nestico ('Ya Gotta Try') and Charles Mingus ('Don't Be Afraid, the Clown's Afraid, Too'), Woody Shaw ('Beyond All Limits') and Oliver Nelson ('Black, Brown & Beautiful...." García arranged Ray Santos' Latin powerhouse, 'Sunny Ray' and lends his trombone to the Faculty Septet on 'Bright Moments' and Freddie Hubbard's 'The Core,' soloing on the latter....García and the VCU Jazz Orchestra are definitely on the right track. The ensemble is admirable, the soloists respectable, the smaller groups tight and focused. A sparkling session by a first-class undergraduate orchestra and guests."
regarding the VCU Jazz CD
"A Joyful Noise"
García leads the VCU Jazz Orchestra I in concert.
Photo credit: Jean-Philippe Cyprès
"After hundreds of hours
in a practice room, I could really have used Tony's passion for making
a living with all that hard-earned talent. Music school can be a very
narrow place; Tony throws open the shutters and welcomes in the real world
ofGASP!music business. It took me three years after college
to figure out that menu by myself, eventually launching a successful,
non-profit music business of my own. Many of my musician buddies from
college gave up and got out of music. I've seen first-hand what Tony García's
giving to music students."
"As the owner/operator of America's oldest, continuously operating jazz supper club in Washington, D.C. I produce performances, concerts and festivals-something somewhere every day. I was invited to attend the Music Industry class by Tony García of VCU and was unexpectedly unaware of the class content. What I did discover was perhaps the finest articulation of our industry I have ever encountered. While I mainly keep to the urban and jazz genres it may be the most idiosyncratic of all the music operating models ever created and the even more difficult to explain. Thank you for passing your torch to the next generation of our listening audiences."
VCU Jazz Bass Prof. Victor Dvoskin and his friend and protegé Boris Koslov
Photo credit: Jean-Philippe Cyprés
Guests René Marie
(vocals) and Joe Kennedy, Jr. (violin) in concert with VCU Jazz faculty
Victor Dvoskin (bass), Howard Curtis (drums), and Skip Gailes (saxophone).
Photo credit: Eric Norbom
"One of the top jazz programs in the country."
Ayman Fanous, William Parker, Tatsuya Nakatani perform an avant-garde concert at VCU.
Photo credit: Antonio García
Prof. Neil Gonsalves (UKZN) and Antonio García (VCU),
Photo credit: Debbie Mari
"Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to come down to VCU. I had a wonderful experience all around. Your students were fantastic in every way. I was so impressed and that comes from your great leadership. They all had a deep respect for the music and for the other students whom they were playing with. You have a very mature program, and I found a new home and family in Richmond. All my best to you, the faculty, and especially the students"
VCU Jazz Prof. Antonio García (third from right) and guest Al Hermann (fifth from right, with baseball cap)
Photo credit: Bob Ellithorpe
VCU alumnus Steve Wilson
(sax) leads his Super Band of Patrice Rushen (piano),
Photo credit: Antonio García
The VCU Jazz Orchestra I performing for students visiting for VCU Jazz Day.
Photo credit: Antonio García
A VCU student performs in a workshop for guest artist
Photo credit: Antonio García
VCU Sax Prof. Al Regni, former VCU Jazz Sax Prof. Skip Gailes,
Rochmond saxophonist Plunky Branch (right) rehearses with the combined VCU/UKZN ensembles
Photo credit: Antonio García
"Before I'd heard you perform, I had considered asking another judge to come back to talk to you, since you were the last band of the night. But you moved me. You inspired me to remember the things that inspired me about big bands. Your exciting performance sparked memories of my own days in bands with such players as Jimmy Heath and Slide Hampton. So I felt I had to come speak with you personally. I have no suggestions for you other than to keep doing what you're doing."
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(This is a summary of a year's
initial concert calendar, as of August, simply to provide you a perspective of VCU Jazz's many offerings
during a given year. It will not be updated here. For up-to-date information about VCU Jazz events, please
García and ask to subscribe
to the VCU Jazz E-Newsletter. It's free!)
TH 8/21--VCU classes begin.
SUN 9/7, 4p--Darryl Harper Faculty Jazz Recital (clarinet, composition), Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Performers include Marianne Solivan (voice), Taylor Barnett (trumpet), Antonio Garcia (trombone), Wells Hanley (piano), Matthew Parrish (bass), and Harry "Butch" Reed (drums).
TH 9/18, 8p--Taylor Barnett Faculty Jazz Recital (trumpet, composition), Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Performers include Prof. J.C. Kuhl (tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet) and former VCU students Trey Pollard (acoustic guitar, pedal steel), Adam Larrabee (guitar, banjo), Cameron Ralston (bass), and Brian Caputo (drums).
SUN 9/21-SAT 9/27--Prof. Neil Gonsalves and University of KwaZulu-Natal jazz students visit VCU as part of our continuing partnership.
M 9/22, 7p--Rex Richardson Faculty Trumpet Recital, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. This "VCU Trumpet Spectacular" will feature Profs. Taylor Barnett, Kevin Maloney, Rex Richardson, Brian Strawley and Piano Prof. Yin Zheng in a program of jazz and classical music.
W 9/24, 8p--VCU Africa Combo and University of KwaZulu-Natal Jazz Storytellers Ensemble (Durban, South Africa), Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Part of an exchange program between UKZN and VCU Jazz Studies. Personnel include Kwena Elvis Ramahuta (voice), Rogan van den Berg (guitar), Lungelo Ngcobo (piano), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Jude Ganasen (drums), and UKZN Prof. Burton Naidoo (piano) with director Neil Gonsalves (piano); and Trey Sorrells (alto sax), Cody Reifsteck (tenor sax), Roger Pouncey Jr. (guitar), Ryan Moses (piano), Jordan Mason (bass), and Cleandré Foster (drums) with director Prof. Antonio Garcia (trombone).
M 9/29, 8p--Tony Martucci Jazz Quintet, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Luis Hernandez and Jeff Antoniuk (saxophones), John Lee (electric guitar), Tom Baldwin (bass), and Tony Martucci (drums). A VCU Faculty Jazz Recital.
F 10/3, 7:30p--Victor Dvoskin Faculty Jazz Recital (bass), with the Bob Hallahan Trio, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Former VCU Jazz Profs. Bob Hallahan (piano) and Brian Jones (drums) join Victor Dvoskin (bass), celebrating the release of the CD, "Here." At approximately 8:45p there will be a post-concert dialogue between audience and performers.
TH 10/9, 8p--Fall Jazz Festival: VCU Jazz Orchestra I & II, & VCU Jazz Faculty, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission is $7 advance; $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID.
F 10/10-SUN 10/12--Richmond Folk Festival (includes many forms of music sharing roots with jazz), downtown Richmond. Admission free.
SAT 10/11, 10:45a-12p--VCU Music Open House and Music Department Reception, following events presented by VCU and VCUarts that morning. Admission free, but advance registration required. Contact undergraduate Music admissions at <email@example.com>.
M 10/20--"Jazz Journeys," a VCU Commonwealth Society short course, begins with Prof. Antonio Garcia, VCU Director of Jazz Studies, Mondays, Session Two (Oct 20-Nov 17), 8:30-10:30a. Online registration will begin late August. For more information, contact CS Director Patricia Worley <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or visit <www.arts.vcu.edu/commonwealthsociety>.
W 10/22, 8p--CD-release performance by Profs. Rex Richardson and Doug Richards, The Broadberry, 2729 West Broad Street. Admission is $8 for students, otherwise, $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The evening features performances of selections from Rex's new Summit CD "Blue Shift" as well as the new CD "Bugles Over Zagreb," the latter composed and conducted by Doug Richards. Performers will include many of Richmond's finest musicians (many with VCU connections), beginning with a quintet and finishing with a big band. CDs will be on sale at the venue. For more information visit <www.thebroadberry.com>.
TH 10/23, 8p--U.S. Army Blues jazz ensemble, Vlahcevic Concert Hall. A VCU BrassFest event. Admission free. For more information on the Army Blues, visit <www.usarmyband.com/blues/the-us-army-blues.html>.
TH 10/30, 8p--The ScottClark4tet, featuring Jason Scott (saxophone), Bob Miller (trumpet), Cameron Ralston (bass), and Scott Clark (drums), all former VCU students. Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Includes the premiere of Clark's composition "Bury My Heart." This concert is co-sponsored by VCU Jazz and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (<www.omsa.vcu.edu>) in anticipation of Native American History Month (November) and of the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre (November 29).
SAT 11/1, 10:45a-12p--VCU Music Open House and Music Department Reception, following events presented by VCU and VCUarts that morning. Admission free, but advance registration required. Contact undergraduate Music admissions at <email@example.com>.
TH 11/6, 8p--VCU Jazz Orchestra I with guest pianist/arranger Allen Farnham, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. $7 advance; $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID.
M 11/24, 8p--VCU Small Jazz Ensembles, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free.
T 11/25, 8p--VCU Jazz Orchestra II, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. $7 advance; $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID.
W 12/3, 3:40-5:30p--Guest trombonist Allen Hermann and host Antonio Garcia present "The Music of JJ & Kai," MC 1003. Free admission.
F 12/5, 7:30p--VCU Holiday Music Gala, including Jazz Orchestra II, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Tickets $10 adult, $5 children 12 and under; donations appreciated.
SUN 12/14, 4p and 7p--"A Richmond Big Band Christmas," directed by Prof. Taylor Barnett, featuring 14 of Richmond's finest jazz musicians--most VCU alumni--performing sacred Christmas songs in Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Tickets $15 Adults, $13 Children 12 and under. Visit <www.RVAChristmas.com> for more information and to purchase tickets. Net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (<www.crossoverministry.org>), the largest free healthcare clinic in Virginia.
M 1/5, 4-8p--VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band Auditions, Music Center 1003.
T 1/6, 4-8p--VCU GRHSJB Auditions, Music Center 1003.
TH 1/15, 6-7:30p--VCU Africa Combo performs within VCU's "Let Freedom Ring" Martin Luther King Celebration Concert, Commonwealth Ballrooms, University Student Commons. For more information on weeklong events, visit <www.mlkday.vcu.edu>.
SUN 1/18, 2-4p--VCU GRHSJB rehearsal, Music Center 1003 (and most Sundays thereafter into May)
SAT 1/24, 8a--VCU Music/Jazz Auditions
F 1/30, 8p--Jazz 4 Justice© concert, featuring the VCU Jazz Orchestra I with vocalist Rachel Pietri, Jazz Orchestra II, Africa Combo, and vocal ensemble "What's the Ti?," Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Presented with the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (<www.grbf.org>). Anne Holton, the Commonwealth of Virginia's Secretary of Education, will guest-conduct the JO I during the evening (<https://education.virginia.gov/about/staff/anne-holton-biography>), adding further to her rsum as a former judge, First Lady of Virginia, lawyer, and longtime advocate for Virginia's youth and their education.
Admission is $30 adults, $15 students/seniors. Advance tickets are available from <www.go.vcu.edu/Jazz4Justice>. The ticket price includes admission to the concert, hors d'oeuvres, and the first drink. A cash bar will be available for additional beverages. A jam session will follow the concert; so community members can bring your instruments and join in! Musicians of all levels welcome! Don't play an instrument? Not to worry...just stay and enjoy the music, food, and cocktails!
Want to make it a special evening out? Purchase a VIP ticket package! Complete and return the VIP ticket order-form at <https://t.e2ma.net/click/m555tj/2tj5mq/6oepcl>. The VIP Package includes two tickets to the event, VIP seating, complimentary valet parking, name(s) in event program, and additional drink tickets.
Proceeds from the evening assist pro bono legal services in our community and will help provide VCU Jazz scholarships. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Alison Roussy <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 780-2600. We are grateful for the sponsorship of 88.9 WCVE-FM radio, Haley Buick, and Anthem BlueCross BlueShield.
9:30a-4p--VCU Jazz Day, free to invited high school students; events held in Singleton Center and the Music Center. Informal concert in Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center, 3p. Admission free.
8p--Richmond Symphony Orchestra's "Dukes of Dixieland," Carpenter Theatre. Non-subscriber tickets ranging from $10.00-$78.00. This evening celebrates New Orleans Jazz with the Dukes of Dixieland and the RSO. Opening this concert is the NoBS! Brass Band in their debut with a symphony orchestra. Visit <www.richmondsymphony.com/events_details.asp?id=353> for details.
A VCU SJE will perform pre-concert in the lobby.
SAT 2/14, 8a--VCU Music/Jazz Auditions
M 2/16, 8a-3p--VCU Music/Jazz Auditions.
TH 2/19, 8p--VCU Jazz Orchestra I, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. $7 advance; $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID.
SUN 2/22, 4p--Antonio Garcia Faculty Jazz Recital (trombone, composition), Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free. Performers include Mary Hermann Garcia, The 804 Jazz Bones, the Hanover Concert Band, the VCU String Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra I with vocalist Rachel Pietri, student violinist Julia Nyunt, the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band, and (via video) the University of KwaZulu-Natal AsiHambe Jazz Ensemble.
SAT 3/7-SAT 3/14--The VCU Africa Combo visits the University of KwaZulu-Natal, including performing an exchange concert in Durban, South Africa that premieres newly commissioned works from both universities.
T 3/17, 7:30p--VCU Jazz Orchestra I, private concert at Westminster-Canterbury.
T 3/24, 8p--VCU Jazz Orchestra II, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. $7 advance; $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID.
T 3/31, 7:30p--Kyffin Junior Jazz Studies recital (bass), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
7p--Tonito Walls Junior Jazz Studies recital (saxophone), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
8p--Trey Sorrells Senior Jazz Studies recital (saxophone), Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free.
SAT 4/4, 6p--Jordan Mason Senior Jazz Studies recital (bass), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
T 4/7, 5p--Macon Mann Junior Jazz Studies recital (piano), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
W 4/8, 6:30p--Stephan LaRue Junior Jazz Studies recital (drums), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
SAT 4/11, 5p--Doug Jemison Senior Jazz Studies recital (saxophone), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
T 4/14, 8p--VCU Jazz Orchestra I with guest saxophonist Dick Oatts, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. $7 advance; $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID.
TH 4/16, 8p--VCU Small Jazz Ensembles, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free.
SAT 4/18, 6:30p--Logan Beaver Senior Jazz Studies recital (saxophone), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
5:30p--John Christian Senior Jazz Studies recital (drums), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
8p--Ryan Moses Senior Jazz Studies recital (piano), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
M 4/20, 4:30p--Roger Pouncey, Jr. Senior Jazz Studies recital (guitar), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
T 4/21, 8p--Randall Mailand Junior Jazz Studies recital (piano), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
TH 4/23, 5:30p--Willie Denton-Edmundson Senior Jazz Studies recital (guitar), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
1:30p--Colleen Trempe Senior Jazz Studies recital (trombone), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
6:40-7:30p--VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band, Titan Jazz & Art Festival, Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond. Admission free.
T 4/28, 2p--Cody Reifsteck Jazz Studies recital (saxophone), Recital Hall, 1015 Grove Avenue. Admission free.
1p--VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band, Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission free.
7p--Premiere of "Hanover Celebration," composed by Antonio Garcia, commissioned by Marshall Johnson in honor of the 25th Anniversary Year of the Hanover Concert Band. This concert of the Hanover Concert Band, (Karla Bloom, director), will be presented at the Fairmount Christian Church, 6502 Creighton Road in Mechanicsville, just off I-295. Admission will be to bring non-perishable food items to stock the shelves of the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Fund.
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