Bloomingdale School of Music Presents "A Tribute to Art Blakey" Free Concert

Friday, Oct 27,
7:00pm to 9:00pm
323 West 108th Street

Bloomingdale School of Music
Musical Director and Pianist Michael Cochrane with
Jeremy Noller on Drums, Nick Finzer on Trombone,
and Kevin Farrell on Bass

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00pm

New York, New York -- Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) closes out the month of October with a free jazz concert entitled, "A Tribute to Art Blakey" led by long time faculty member and pianist Michael Cochrane joined by colleagues Jeremy Noller on drums, Nick Finzer on Trombone and Kevin Farrell on Bass. This free concert on October 27th at 7:00 pm will be held at the David Greer Recital Hall at the school's home site located at 323 West 108th Street (off of Broadway) in Manhattan. Admission is FREE and seating is limited.

With musical direction by pianist Michael Cochrane, this concert pays tribute to the great drummer and bandleader Art Blakey (aka: Abdullah Ibn Buhaina) who was born in 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked with great musicians all his life including Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Michael Cochrane, Musical Director and Pianist

Highly regarded as a pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Michael Cochrane has been a resident of the NY tri-state area since 1974. While here he has performed and/or recorded with: Sonny Forturne, Hannibal, Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, Paul Nash, John Clark, Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Chico Freeman, Ted Curson, Oliver Lake, Bradford Hayes, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble and many more. Mr Cochrane has performed in Colleges, clubs and concert halls. His touring experience spans many European countries as well as Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico, Greece, Russia, The Philippines and the Caribbean. In 1985 Mr. Cochrane received a Master of Arts Degree in Music and Music Education with honors from New York University. He has been a part-time instructor at Princeton University, Rutgers University, Bloomingdale School of Music and JCC Thurnauer School of Music. His teachers have included: Jaki Byard, Ray Santisi, Eleanor Hancock and Madame Margaret Chaloff. Mr Cochrane has recorded over ten CDs as a leader. He has written several books of piano music and instruction which is published by Second Floor Music (distributed by Hal Leonard), Steeple Chase, Charles Colin and his own publishing company, Inner Search Music.

Kevin Farrell, Bass
One of the freshest and most exciting voices on the New York jazz scene, Kevin Farrell has produced an enormous amount of music as a composer and a bandleader. Recent commissions have included pieces for The Edinburgh Arts Festival, The Blue Rose Trio, members of Transitions Dance Company, and The Ahmanson Foundation. On his most recent recording, Four Trio (Arsenic Free Records) Kevin deftly weaves the complex atonal languages of Webern and Boulez with free improvised sections honed from years of experience performing with artists such as Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia and Bennie Maupin. He is currently on faculty at Fordham University, The Bloomingdale School of Music, and The Calhoun School, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University. His latest offering entitled Kensington is a solo exploration of the acoustic bass guitar and all proceeds of the album will go to New York soup kitchens.

Jeremy Noller, Drummer
With a body of work that spans across many genres, jazz drummer and percussionist Jeremy Noller has proven himself a uniquely adaptable and versatile musician. Since his arrival in New York City in 2003, Jeremy has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz and world music groups. Originally from Libertyville IL, Jeremy began studying percussion at the age of nine. He graduated with honors from the University of North Florida, went on to complete a master’s degree in jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of John Riley, and continued his studies with Carl Allen and Billy Drummond as a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Artist Diploma program. Released in 2010, Jeremy’s debut album Music Notes flows seamlessly through musical landscapes, charting a distinctly accessible intersection between contemporary jazz and traditional West African rhythms. This too is the inspiration for his latest project, NOLLER/SYLLA, a collaboration with Guinean percussionist Mangue Sylla.

Nick Finzer, Trombone
Nick Finzer is an award-winning composer, arranger, and trombonist on a mission to be a passionate voice defining the sound of jazz in this age. In 2011 Nick was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Jazz Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the 2010 International Trombone Association’s Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition. Later, in 2013 Nick released his recording debut as a bandleader and composer with Exposition” (Outside In Music). Two tracks appearing on the album garnered Finzer a pair of accolades: The prestigious American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)’s Herb Alpert Award for young composers (2013 & 2015). Finzer has been seen across the globe on television and the web repeatedly as part of the pop web phenol band, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. He has toured with the group in North America and Europe.

In 2014, Nick composed two new album-length works, his first, “The Chase” debuted in July of 2015 on the Origin Records label, and his “Ten Year Suite,” is in development and will have a future album release. Finzer has performed at top Jazz clubs and concert halls with leading jazz artists as: Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Lucas Pino’s No Net Nonet, Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet, Frank Wess, Lew Tabackin, Terrell Stafford, Lewis Nash and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf, John Clayton, Slide Hampton, Frank Kimbrough, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond, Steve Turre and many more.