The Jazz Department at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, proudly presents this Wednesday JULY 27th, at 7:30PM


The admission is open
and free of charge, with limited seating, show starting 7:30PM only one
1 East 104th Street Room B21
New York NY 10029


MIGUEL ZENON (alto sax) – ELI DEGIBRI (tenor sax) – STEVE CARDENAS (guitar) DAVID VIRELLES (piano)– MATT BREWER (bass) – ADAM CRUZ (drums)

A creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades,
drummer and composer Adam Cruz is best known for his work with Danilo Perez,
Steve Wilson, David Sanchez and Edward Simon. Cruz was born in New York
City. He worked extensively with saxophonist David Sanchez and the Mingus
Big Band during the 1990's. He then toured with Chick Corea, recording
Origin - A Week at the Blue Note, and spent the end of the 90's touring in a
duo setting with guitarist Charlie Hunter. The New York Times had this to
say, "One of the most respected young musicians in New York [Cruz is]
profoundly locked in, shifting easily from straight-ahead swing to funk
patterns and Latin rhythms".



The Jazz Department of Harbor Conservatory
for the Performing Arts, of Boys & Girls Harbor is pleased to present Jazz
Wednesdays a FREE series of three intimate Guest Artist events showcasing
some of the most dynamic musicians currently on the Jazz scene. The series
exemplifies the broad world vision of Jazz that informs the Harbor
Conservatory’s Jazz Program under the direction of pianist, composer,
bandleader Gustavo Casenave. All events will be presented in Music Studio
B21, in the lower level of the Heckscher Building located on Fifth avenue in
Manhattan between 104th Street and Fifth avenue. Seating is limited and
there are no reservations. Support for the Conservatory’s GUEST ARTIST
Series is made possible with public support from the Music Program of the
New York State Council on the Arts.


The amazing and acclaimed composer and bassist Pedro Giraudo, presents his
band, which boasts some of New York’s finest jazz musicians, and has
performed regularly in the most prestigious jazz clubs in the New York City
area, including the Jazz Standard, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Note,
Joe’s Pub, as well as abroad. John Murph of Downbeat described Giraudo’s
music as “an opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz,
brimming with passionate improvisations, deliberate contrapuntal melodies
and plush harmonies.” Chip Boaz of Latin Jazz Corner offered this analysis:
“The rich eloquence of Giraudo’s gorgeous artistic expression flows through
the music with an undeniable grace. “Córdoba tells a story of innocence,
discovery, and unbridled emotion, expressed delicately through the colors of
Giraudo’s finely tuned compositions.”

DON’T MISS: August 10, 7:30 pm ADAM CRUZ SEXTET

The Harbor Conservatory Jazz Department under the direction of Gustavo
Casenave is designed to develop skilled performers, composers, and arrangers
in preparation for advanced college level study and future professional
careers. Focusing on all aspects of Jazz education, this program offers an
innovative curriculum, comprised of traditional Jazz studies, enhanced by a
broader world – vision of Jazz and the art of improvisation. Master classes
and concerts by major Jazz artists, are offered in addition to the
arranging, composition, ear training, and performance courses and
opportunities. For more info:

established by Boys & Girls Harbor and offers pre-professional training in
the disciplines of dance, instrumental music, voice and theater arts to
students ages 4-21.

Boys & Girls Harbor founded in 1937 by Anthony D. Duke, and now under the
direction of Dr. Thomas Howard, serves more than 1,300 children and young
people annually through the Harbor’s Early Childhood Education programs; our
affiliated Harbor Science and Arts Charter School for elementary and
middle-school students; the renowned Harbor Conservatory for the Performing
Arts; after-school and summer enrichment programs; college preparation
services; and counseling and social/emotional services and referrals. To
learn more please visit us on-line at
or call 212/427-2244 ext. 544.


Registration for the 2011 summer semester for Music is now open.  Classes begin July 5th and will continue until August 18th.  Private lessons are available in piano, violin, guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, drums, Latin percussion and voice. Workshops and Ensembles will also be in session. Harbor Conservatory is located at One East 104th Street, corner of Fifth Avenue and is a division of Boys & Girls Harbor. To register go to the Conservatory’s main office in Room 573. For more information please call 212/427-2244 Ext. 573 or 557.
Harbor Conservatory is a member of the Berklee City Music Network, established by the Berklee College of Music. Our Music Program takes pride in its commitment to serving children, teenagers and adults in a diverse range of styles from Classical and Jazz to Folkloric and Latin. Our program includes both vocal and instrumental music and instruction is available through individual and group classes. The Conservatory offers exciting, innovative and challenging classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students from ages 3 through adults.
The two main pillars of the music program are a strong theory foundation as well as an active performance calendar with monthly “in-house” student recitals, three major outside recitals and a guest artist series which hosts a variety of well-known performing artists and master teachers to work with our students.  A large number of ensembles and workshops in all styles and levels are offered to our young performers as an important part of their musical development.
The Harbor’s world-renowned Latin Music Program spans a curriculum that ranges from Contemporary Salsa and Latin Jazz to traditional Afro-Caribbean folkloric music, and a faculty of “who’s who in Latin music”.  Students study a variety of musical forms such as danzon, son, cha cha cha and mambo, as they learn music illustrating different periods and artists in Latin music history.
At the Conservatory students enjoy the unique opportunity to learn while playing classic music made popular by artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and others. The Conservatory has been a recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, Celia Cruz Foundation, Johnny Pacheco Scholarship Fund, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation and Phish Fan’s Mockingbird Foundation.

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Premieres New Comissioned Composition by Pablo Mayor

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory is pleased to announce that the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill will be premiering a newly commissioned composition by long time Harbor Conservatory faculty member pianist/composer/bandleader Pablo Mayor, as part of the Wall to Wall Sonidos festival at Symphony Space. The free event is part of Wall to Wall Sonidos, the culmination of a yearlong multi-disciplinary programming initiative focusing on Latino arts and culture at Symphony Space, located at 95th Street and Broadway.

The marathon’s closing segment, “Si Cuba,” …will feature the world premiere of O’Farrill’s “A Still Small Voice,” a New York State Council on the Arts commission that explores the central beliefs and tales of many religions and philosophies. O’Farrill describes “A Still Small Voice” as “a hybrid of classical, jazz, and Latin elements focused on the idea of a conscience, a voice inside of us that knows right from wrong.”

The work will feature the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with the 115-voice LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts Senior Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Jana Ballard. The concert will also feature other new works and guest artist/composers, reflecting the future of jazz across the Americas, including Afro Peruvian vocalist Corina Bartra, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato with famed accordionist Victor Prieto, In addition, pianist Vijay Iyer’s “Mad Hatter,” his first work for big band, will be performed.

Pablo Mayor – Composer, arranger, pianist, Pablo Mayor was born in Palmira, Colombia, and holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Jazz Arranging from the University of North Texas.  Mr. Mayor began his personal investigation of the native music of Colombia while Professor of Jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1998.   He has taken his knowledge of Colombian folklore and has combined it with an extensive knowledge of jazz harmonies and arranging which can be heard in the work of his popular group Folklore Urbano. Beginning in 2003, he founded the annual “Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York,” an annual event uniting Colombian musicians. A pianist and arranger for Orquesta Broadway, Mr. Mayor is an active pianist in the Afro-Cuban music scene. He wrote and produced the music for “A Clear Midnight,” “El Patio,” and “El Pesebre,” three live theatre productions by the ID Studio performed throughout the New York area. In Spring 2006, he wrote and produced music for the popular theatre production, “Allende,” that had its opening run at the Theater for the New City.  Mr. Mayor has produced and arranged for musicians, such as Toto La Momposina and Armando Manzanero, in Dallas, New York, Colombia, and Mexico. For more info go to

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Symphony Space present

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as Part of Wall to Wall Sonidos

FREE! No tickets required.

May 14, 2011, 9:30 PM

Symphony Space
95th Street and Broadway, NYC

All Jazz Ensemble and Harbor Jazz Composers Concerts Announced!

Harbor Jazz Composers: Concert Tuesday, June 8th at 7:30 PM.  Show will be held in the third floor theater and admission is free.  This ensemble will feature works by the Conservatory’s jazz composition students.

All Jazz Ensemble: Concert Wednesday, June 9th at 7:30 PM.  Show will be held in the third floor theater and admission is free.  The ensemble will be performing an evening of jazz standards, and the Harbor Jazz Ensemble will be making a guest appearance.

Hope to see you all at the shows!

Upcoming Events and Summer Programs

Hello Friends,

Here is a list of the upcoming events here at the Harbor Conservatory, along with a description of our summer programs:

May 7, 2010                   Mother’s Day Vocal Concert                                                              Third Floor Theater, Heckscher Building

June 5, 2010                 Theater Repertory Co. Performance                                      Third Floor Theater, Heckscher Building

June 7, 2010                  Musical Theater Workshop                                                                       Third Floor Theater, Heckscher Building

June 9, 2010                  The All Jazz Ensemble                                                                             Third Floor Theater, Heckscher Building

June 11, 2010                 Annual Vocal Recital                                                                                Third Floor Theater, Heckscher Building

June 12, 2010                 Footworks Dance Recital                                                                          HOSTOS Center for Arts

June 14, 2010                 Salute to Achievement                                                                             Featuring Harbor Conservatory’s 40 Anniversary                                         Mandarin Oriental

June 18, 19, 2010            GESTURES Dance Ensemble                                                                     Ailey Citigroup Theater

June 20, 2010                 Awards Music Recital                                                                               TBA

Registration Begins on June 28, 2010

July 6 – August 13: Summer Semester for Music students only.

July 6th – to July 17th: CLASSICAL MUSIC INTENSIVE for children ages 7-14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students. * All interested students or parents should contact the specific program director at 212-427- 2244, Dr. Martin Soderberg, Classical Music: ext. 557

July 2nd – to July 16th: MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVE for youngsters’ ages 12-17, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm For beginners and intermediate students who love to perform and would like to learn more about musical theater. *All interested students or parents should contact the specific program director at 212-427- 2244 *Musical Theater: ext. 570/558, Nina Klyvert-Lawson/Michael Awusie

Jazz Department Update!

Dear Friends,

With our jazz department now in the very capable hands of Gustavo Casenave, it is an exciting time for jazz at the Harbor Conservatory!  Here is an update from Mr. Casenave himself:

Hello everyone!
One month after the Harbor’s new Jazz Department kickoff, we are moving fast!
We started with great attendance on ear training, arranging and composition courses.

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Our ensembles are also growing, with weekly meetings on Mondays at 6PM (“The All Jazz Ensemble”), on Fridays at 6PM (“The Harbor Jazz Ensemble”), and Fridays at 7PM (“The Jazz Composition Ensemble”).

Both ensembles accept beginners and cover jazz standards, blues and bossanova. Basic reading is needed, and you have the opportunity to improvise in a jazz setting, with other students that are there to learn, perform and have fun!

On Fridays, we have our “Friday Jazz Marathon”, starting with Ear Training at 4pm, followed by Arranging for Contemporary Jazz Ensemble at 5pm, Jazz Composition 1 at 6pm, and the aforementioned  “Jazz Composition Ensemble” at 7PM.

band 1The basic concept of the program is to start with ear training , then work in arranging and composition based on the students’ original tunes, and finally we perform everything we write. In this way, we put all the material in to action, and you can even get a recording of your music by the Jazz Composition Ensemble.

We still have openings for every instrument, while new courses and ensembles for different levels are still being created. If you want to start playing jazz or already play and would like to participate in any of the courses, call the Jazz Department at: 212 427 2244 ext. 551

Last but not least, we recently hosted an amazing free concert on October 14th by Cuban born, Harlem based Jazz saxophonist, composer & educator Yosvany Terry, featuring his quintet.  Don’t miss the next one!

Keep an eye on the blog, for upcoming concerts and events, and if you are a musician, jazz or otherwise, do  not hesitate to call. You will be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of courses we offer!

See you soon, and keep practicing!


Gustavo Casenave
Director/ Jazz Department

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