the Carr Center Presents…
The Gathering Orchestra in concert , under the musical direction of Rodney Whitaker
The legacy of Jazz has been transmitted across generations of musicians through mentors. It’s a history of seasoned veterans taking the “up and comers” under their wings , giving them an opportunity to learn and play together while creating new work and advancing the art form. the Carr Center, following the vision of brilliant jazz artist, composer and educator, Geri Allen, formalized and institutionalized this tradition and The Gathering Orchestra was born, in October 2017.
This concert will introduce our second cohort of extraordinarily gifted young musicians, and 2019 – 2021 Geri Allen Fellows … The Gathering Orchestra,
The Gathering is comprised of 4 seasoned jazz veterans and 14 emerging and highly talented young musicians,(ages 18 – 32), under the musical direction of renowned bassist and Carr Center Resident Artist Rodney Whitaker. Fellows rehearse and perform with their mentors on standards, large ensemble classics, new music and their own original compositions.
This is the first of four, week long, Detroit residencies this season, which culminates with this inaugural public performance, a hot evening filled with the dynamic and vibrant sounds of Jazz and Big Band standards. See them before they are stars!