Jazz Concerts and Shows

Anthony Coleman
Tue, Mar 26

Image 3-9-19 at 5.35 am
One night only at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston
Tickets and information

Master pianist, composer, and New England Conservatory Contemporary Improvisation Department faculty member Anthony Coleman presents a faculty recital on Tuesday, March 26 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature a solo set by Coleman and a set by his acclaimed trio with bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Francisco Mela. Admission is free but tickets are required. For information call 617-585-1122 or visit https://necmusic.edu/events/anthony-coleman-faculty-recital.

The prolific Coleman has been a key figure in jazz and creative music for decades, making a particular mark on the New York scene along with artists like John Zorn and Elliott Sharp. Known for his creativity, innovation, and virtuosity, his work spans a range of genres including free improvisation, jazz, Jewish music, and contemporary chamber music. In solo performances, his recent focus has been on originals, standards, and recompositions. His newest trio, praised by The New York City Jazz Record as “one of his finest,” brings Coleman together with dynamic young bassist and acclaimed Cuban drummer Mela. Coleman’s NEC faculty recital comes after last spring’s highly successful performance of his large-scale work “Streams,” commissioned for NEC’s 150th anniversary. Steve Elman of The Arts Fuse called the piece “a milestone in a distinguished career.”

From the Sarajevo Jazz Festival to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, Anthony Coleman’s musical odyssey has taken him through many cultures and led him to wear many hats as composer, improvising keyboardist, and teacher. Coleman joined the NEC faculty in 2006, returning to a school where he himself studied in the 1970s, during the birth of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program (then called Third Stream). In addition to his work as a studio teacher and ensemble coach, Coleman works with NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation students to organize a departmental concert each spring.