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Fifth Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert April 15 at Yale Law School

Since beloved professor and jazz musician Stan Wheeler passed away in 2007, a concert to honor his memory and his passion for jazz has become a delightful rite of spring at the Law School.

The tradition continues when the fifth annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert is held on Sunday, April 15, 2012, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Yale Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. Presented by the dean and faculty of Yale Law School and Yale Bands, the concert will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble (YJE) directed by Thomas C. Duffy, and the Reunion Jazz Ensemble, directed by Brad Dechter.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 1:30. The Yale Bands info line is 203-432-4113.

Reunion is primarily a group of Yale Jazz Ensemble alumni who, along with Professor Wheeler, a trumpet player, were early members of the YJE in the 1970s. Professor Wheeler continued to play with the Yale Jazz Ensemble until his death. Reunion members include well-known jazz artists and composers Frank Bennett (drums), Gary Bennett (bari sax), Brad Dechter (alto sax), Jeff Fuller (bass), Bob Kolb (tenor sax and flute), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar), Steve Perrett (trumpet) and Paul Sullivan (piano).

The YJE portion of the program will feature String Quartet in F Major: II. Assez vif – Très Rhythmé by Maurice Ravel, arr. Thomas Bergeron (YSM ’10), Gaining on You – Gordon Goodwin, Express Delivery by Assistant to the Director, Emmy-award winner Garth Neustadter, and special guest vocalists.

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