Jun 09, 2018

Jazz @ Lincoln Center New York, NY

Panel contributor at the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship: "Getting A Gig In The Modern Jazz World"

This inaugural two-day competition features ensembles from ten of the most well-regarded university jazz programs in the country. The event will include a combo showcase in The Appel Room and a final concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Rose Theater. Named for Jack Rudin, founding supporter of our signature Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, this event will celebrate the excellence and achievements of the next generation of jazz musicians.

2020 Participating Universities:

California State University, Northridge (Northridge, CA)

University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)

University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)

North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)

Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

The Juilliard School (New York, NY)

The Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY)

Jan 19, 2020

The Studio @ The Palms Las Vegas, NV

Mixing and mastering new music from Bunny Sexton and Bijon Watson with the Jazz Eclectic Quintet

Bringing jazz to the forefront of the mainstream market – that place where jazz crosses over into multi-genres. 

For those with a low tolerance for jazz, we've taken a genre-bending approach, or what we call "Jazz Republic", eroding the boundaries between jazz and mainstream music, writing and performing original music in a vocabulary that combines elements of all.

"It's an easy pill to swallow", says Founders Bijon Watson and Bunny Sexton. "We want to welcome everyone to our musical table."

Jan 22, 2020

Dedham, MA

Performing at Noble & Greenough School in a celebration of Mardi Gras and Jazz

Performing with a All-Star ensemble made up of local professional musicians, school faculty and select students.

Jan 30, 2020

Boston, MA

Performing with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra @ The Friend Recital Hall Berklee College of Music

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra (AIJO) is a full big band based in Boston that has recently performed with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Joe Lovano and Frank Tiberi at venues such as the Berklee Performance Center, The Zeitgeist Gallery/Lily Pad, the Western Front Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in NYC. The ensemble performs originals and arrangements of Ayn Inserto, who is highly influenced by Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. The jazz orchestra has done 3 recordings; one with Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone, the 2nd with George Garzone, and an additional recording featuring Sean Jones, John Fedchock, and George Garzone. Ms. Inserto thrives to make her music swing with a modern twist and her orchestra will not fail to produce a thrilling performance.

Feb 01, 2020

Miami - Costa Maya - Cozumel - Key West

Performing on the 20th Annual Jazz Cruise February 1st - 8th, 2020

The Jazz Cruise, as a full-ship charter cruise, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary when The Jazz Cruise ’20 sails from February 1 – 8, 2020. The program has sold out each year and the cruise now boasts an international guest list.

The Jazz Cruise has formed the basis of all the cruise programs of Entertainment Cruise Productions. Since that first sailing, Entertainment Cruise Productions has produced nearly 80 full-ship charters, all stemming from the original format of The Jazz Cruise.

Feb 11, 2020

Myron's Cabaret Jazz, Las Vegas, NV

Performing at The Jazz Eclectic Concert Series Vol. 8 at the Smith Center Las Vegas feat. special guest Laura Shaffer

Presenting an evening of LA VIE EN ROUGE, a music celebration of Valentine's Season of Love in the month of February and features special guest, singer, songwriter, recording artist, the enchanting LAURA SHAFFER. 


In celebration of this La Vie en Rouge (A Life in Red) themed night, we invite the audience to dress and wear something with a shade of red.

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