The New World Jazz Composers Octet -Directed by Daniel Ian Smith
October 25, 2010
The NWJCO (Daniel Ian Smith (leader/saxophones/flutes), Dino Govoni (saxophones/flute), Ken Cervenka (trumpet/flugelhorn), Walter Platt (trumpet/flugelhorn), Tim Ray (piano), Keala Kaumeheiwa (acoustic bass), Steve Langone (drums and cymbals) and Ernesto Diaz (percussion) was organized over 11 years ago by Daniel Ian Smith as an aggregation dedicated to the performance of new music. The group garnered considerable attention after its first performance (Sanctuary Composers Forum) and word spread that this world class ensemble was truly one of a kind and quickly adapted and personalized the compositions that were written expressly for it. The NWJCO has released two recordings on the Big and Phat Jazz Productions label. No Place to Hide was released in the fall of 2007. Transitions is the most recent release (June 2010) and is currently garnering attention on the JazzTimes and All About Jazz websites. For more information, go online to http://danieliansmith.com/nwjco/. Berklee College of Music and The Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown partner for arsenalARTS Berklee Jazz, a continuing collaboration featuring performances in a wide variety of jazz styles by some of Berklee’s world- renowned faculty.