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Legal Jazz—Third Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert at YLS April 16

Yale University Bands and Yale Law School will present “Legal Jazz: The Third Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert” on Friday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. The concert will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble (YJE) directed by Thomas C. Duffy, and the Reunion Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Call 203-432-4113 for more information.

Reunion is a group of Yale Jazz Ensemble alumni who, along with late Yale Law School professor and trumpeter Stanton Wheeler, founded the YJE in the 1970s. Professor Wheeler continued to play with the Yale Jazz Ensemble until his death in 2007, and this is the third annual concert dedicated to his memory. Reunion members include well-known jazz artists Brad Dechter (alto sax), Paul Lieberman (tenor sax), Tim Moran (bari sax), Steve Perrett (trumpet), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar), Jeff Fuller (bass), Paul Sullivan (piano), and Jesse Hameen II (drums).

The YJE portion of the program will feature (Meet) the Flintstones (Hoyt Curtin/William Hanna/Joseph Barbera), Hoedown (Oliver Nelson), The Razor’s Edge (Dave Holland), and a special arrangement of Bjork’s Venus as a Boy, arranged by Assistant to the Director and bassist Samuel Adams, featuring Bret Hembd, piano.

The Yale Jazz Ensemble is a seventeen-piece big band that performs a wide variety of music, from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest and most progressive jazz compositions. The Ensemble has performed extensively in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium jazz clubs, and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has performed with or opened for The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.