Memorial concert honors law professor and jazz musician Stan Wheeler

The annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert — featuring the Yale Jazz Ensemble (YJE) and Reunion Jazz Ensemble — will take place on Sunday, April 7.

Yale Jazz Ensemble
Yale Jazz Ensemble

Presented by Yale Law School and Yale University Bands, the concert will begin at 2 p.m. in Levinson Auditorium, Sterling Law Buildings, 127 Wall St. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Call 203-432-4113 or visit the website for more information.

Reunion is a group of Yale Jazz Ensemble alumni who, along with late Yale Law School professor and trumpeter Stanton Wheeler, were early members of the YJE in the 1970s. Wheeler continued to play with the Yale Jazz Ensemble until his death in 2007. This is the sixth annual concert dedicated to his memory. Reunion members include noted jazz artists Brad Dechter (alto sax), Paul Lieberman (tenor sax and flute), Tim Moran (baritone sax), Steve Perrett (trumpet), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar), Jeff Fuller (bass), Paul Sullivan (piano), and Frank Bennett (drums).

The YJE portion of the program will feature various arrangements of Cole Porter’s best-known compositions — including “Easy to Love,” “Night and Day,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” among others. Yale student vocalists Emma Akrawi, Rebecca Brudner, and Ruthie Prillaman will make guest appearances.

YJE is a 17-piece big band that performs a wide variety of music — including selections from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest and most progressive jazz compositions. The ensemble has performed extensively in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium jazz clubs, and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has performed with or opened for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.

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