Annual Stan Wheeler Memorial Concert to feature jazz ensembles

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The Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy, will perform with Reunion Jazz Ensemble at the concert in memory of the late Stan Wheeler, who taught at Yale Law School.

Yale Law School and Yale University Bands will present the 2015 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

The concert — which honors the memory of the late Yale Law School professor and trumpeter Stanton Wheeler — will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Thomas C. Duffy, and Reunion Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Call 203-432-4113 or visit the website for more information.

Reunion Jazz Ensemble is a group of Yale alumni who, along with Wheeler, were early members of the Yale jazz scene in the 1970s. Wheeler continued to play with the Yale Jazz Ensemble until his death in 2007. This is the eighth annual concert dedicated to his memory. This year’s Reunion Jazz Ensemble roster includes jazz artists Tim Moran (alto saxophone), Paul Lieberman (tenor saxophone and flute), Gary Bennett (baritone saxophone), Steve Perrett (trumpet), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar), Jeff Fuller (bass), Paul Sullivan (piano), and Bob D’Angelo (drums).

The Yale Jazz Ensemble will perform Duke Ellington and Bill Strayhorn’s arrangement of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” and Buddy Rich’s arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” Reunion Jazz Ensemble will announce its music from the stage.

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The Yale Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece big band that performs a wide variety of music, from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest 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 ensemble 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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