Jazz and the Philharmonic with Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra Airs February 28 on PBS

February 10, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC is a one-of-a-kind project conceived by music producer and impresario Larry Rosen. It features a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz artists performing a blend of iconic jazz and classical compositions with the Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Scott Flavin. Guest artists include Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Mark O'Connor, Eric Owens, Shelly Berg, Elizabeth Joy Roe, and Desmond Richardson. The event was presented and filmed at the 2,000-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center on January 11, 2013 and will be broadcast nationally on PBS TV stations premiering on February 28, 2014. Visit PBS.org to find local channel listings. It will be released internationally on CD/DVD and digitally by SONY Masterworks’ OKeh Records on February 25, 2014.

This historic event is a collaboration of four major national arts organizations--the National YoungArts Foundation, which identifies and mentors outstanding young artists; the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, home of the Henry Mancini Institute; the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, one of the country’s leading performing arts presenters; and JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series.

The program features the acclaimed Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra with 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist and YoungArts Master Teacher Bobby McFerrin; 20-time GRAMMY® award-winning virtuoso pianist Chick Corea; 12-time GRAMMY® and Oscar-winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin; five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and YoungArts alumnus trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who is also the artistic director for the Henry Mancini Institute. In addition, the program features two-time GRAMMY award winning violinist Mark O’Connor, whose career has been based on the intersection of classical music and American folk music; Met opera star and YoungArts alumnus Eric Owens; classical pianist and YoungArts alumna Elizabeth Joy Roe; choreographer, dancer and YoungArts alumnus Desmond Richardson; three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated Frost School of Music Dean, Music Director, pianist, arranger and YoungArts Master Teacher Shelly Berg.

Seven new arrangements were created especially for the project by musicians from the Frost School, including Jeremy Fox, Rafael Piccolotto di Lima, and Stephen Guerra, Jr. Visit www.okeh-records.com to hear audio examples.

The CD/DVD and PBS Network special was shot in HD and mixed in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Audio recording was supervised by 15-time GRAMMY Award winning engineer/producer, the late Phil Ramone who passed away shortly after the recording of this project. The program is dedicated to the memory of Phil Ramone.

Dean Shelly Berg comments, “Jazz and the Philharmonic is an example of what can happen when great organizations collaborate. The combined resources of the National YoungArts Foundation, Larry Rosen’s Jazz Roots, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute resulted in a thrilling, one-of-a-kind evening that would be hard to replicate anywhere. Jazz and classical artists melded their talents together... and it worked! Genre labels and stereotypes disappeared and all that remained was great music, in the moment and full of surprises. You would be hard-pressed to find another orchestra to so seamlessly and convincingly turn ‘on a dime’ from one genre and style to another.”

About the Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

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Jazz and the Philharmonic CD/DVD available through OKeh Records/Sony Music. PBS television show will air nationally beginning February 28.