13 March 2012

Dr Anthony Branker
Dr Anthony Branker

Next week the Sydney Conservatorium of Music welcomes Princeton University Jazz to Australia where students from the two jazz schools will undertake a weeklong intensive exchange of musical and cultural ideas.

Curated by the Sydney Conservatorium's Chair of Jazz, Craig Scott(double bass), and the Director of Princeton's Jazz Studies, Dr Anthony Branker(trumpet), the program will see participating students collaborating in joint classes, masterclasses and workshops held at the Sydney Conservatorium, and two public performances.

Dr Anthony Branker (trumpet), will lead the group from Princeton and has been described in All About Jazz as "one of those gurus who, although he has appeared in the spotlight as a leader or co-collaborator with various big names, has made his most lasting mark as an educator and composer…" He is Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies, Founder and Director of the Program in Jazz Studies, and serves as Associate Director of the Program in Musical Performance at Princeton University.

As a trumpeter, Branker has performed and recorded with the Spirit of Life Ensemble - including a five-year residency at New York's internationally renowned Sweet Basil jazz club; as well as performances all around the world. As a conductor, he has worked with such internationally renowned artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Conrad Herwig, Oliver Lake, Frank Foster, Benny Carter, Ted Curson, Stanley Jordan, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson, Steve Nelson, Antonio Hart, Don Braden, Jacky Terrasson, Jonny King, Walt Weiskopf, Valery Ponomarev, Bryan Carrott, Michael Philip Mossman, Rick Margitza, Ralph Bowen, Mark Gross, Clifford Adams, Jeffery Smith, Guilherme Franco, Benny Powell, Michael Cochrane, and Patience Higgins. He has also conducted Terence Blanchard's Grammy Award-Winning score for A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) from Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" featuring trumpeter Terence Blanchard and His Quintet with Brice Winston (tenor saxophone), Fabian Almazan (piano), Joshua Crumbly (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums) and members of the Princeton University and Rutgers University Orchestras in performance at McCarter Theatre in Princeton.

Performance Details
Wednesday 21 March
Manning Bar
University of Sydney
In association with the Sydney University Jazz Society and the University of Sydney Union.

Friday 23 March
Music Workshop
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

Phone: 02 9351 1385

Email: 280137035a09140f3c0e131b081e01372a2c3e0d3f610b08347f553e