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Los Angeles Jazz Society’s “NEW NOTE”


New Note is a project designed to support and promote the talents of young emerging jazz composers by providing commissions for new works which will be premiered at local jazz venues. This project adds another component in the organization’s mission to help preserve the future of jazz by identifying and nurturing young jazz musicians of tomorrow.

A selection committee reviews possible candidates for commissions and makes a decision based on a record of achievement and recognition as a composer and musician.   Each candidate must be known as a “rising star” among young audiences and someone who has an appreciation for the history of jazz as well as an eye to the future, providing a unique and innovative approach to music. Compositions must be completed and reviewed no later than one month prior to presentation.

The first commission was awarded in 2013 to pianist/composer, Richard Sears, who composed a 45-minute suite in honor of jazz drummer, Tootie Heath. The new work was presented at the Angel City Jazz Festival held at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood and received special positive attention in a Los Angeles Times review of the event.

The Society’s 2014 commission was made to award-winning pianist and composer, Cathlene Pineda, who received an M.F.A. in composition and improvisation from the California Institute of the Arts. Her 45-minute suite is based on the Los Angeles City themed poetry of Eloise Klein Healy, past Los Angeles poet laureate, and was premiered at the Music Center’s prestigious Red Cat Theatre.

The 2015 recipient  was Josh Johnson who chose his Los Angeles based theme on the 1992 Rodney King riots.  His 45-minute suite represented his personal response to the civil unrest and its relevance to issues confronting the city and country to this day.  The performance took place Friday, October 9th at the Edye at the Broad Stage as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival.  Saxophonist and composer Johnson is a graduate of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and a recipient of a 2015 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society was pleased to announce the recipient of its 2016 commission to compose a new jazz work is drummer/composer Jose Gurria-Cardenas who will perform his composition with his GURRISONIC Orchestra on Sunday, October 2nd as part of the Angel City Jazz: Angel City Jazz Festival. They will be part of a double bill with SPIRITS – Pharoah Sanders, Adam Rudoph and Brahim Fribgane. SPIRITS last performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1998.

Los Angeles based Gurria holds a BM from Berklee College of Music and an MM and DMA in Jazz Studies from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he studied drums with Peter Erskin and composition with Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton and Morten Lauridsen. Gurria has recently been recognized as a composer/arranger of note by the Jazz Education Network for the year 2013-2016. Three Kids Music Gurrisonic Orchestra album was released in the spring of 2016 to wide acceptance from the specialized press. Jose Gurria is a young member of the National Recording Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

The Los Angeles Jazz Society encourages you to check out the full lists of performances at the 2016 Angel City Jazz Festival September 30 – October 16.

Tickets: $35-$60 — Students $20 http://angelcityjazz.com/gurrisonic-orchestra