Thursday, September 7, 2017

Nat Adderley Jr. Featured in Cannonball Birthday Concert on Sept 16, 2017 in Dillard Jazz Series in Fort Lauderdale FL

Dillard Center for the Arts & 
Old Dillard Museum
Nat Adderley, Jr.
Plus the Award Winning DCA Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, September 16, 2017 ~ 7:30pm-9:30pm, $20 GA
Dillard Center for the Arts
2501 NW 11th St, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33311
For tickets and more information 
call (754)322.8828

The Old Dillard Museum will celebrate the birthday of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest band director, the late great saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, at a concert featuring Nat Adderley, Jr., a nationally renowned jazz pianist who once was the music director and arranger for Luther Vandross. Nat, Jr. also is the nephew of Cannonball Adderley and wrote one of Cannonballs hits before he was a teenager. Nat contributed as co-songwriter on most of Vandross's albums. 

The concert will be held at the school whose music program was once led by Cannonball Adderley. Between 1948 and 1956, the legendary Cannonball Adderley was a Broward County band director at Dillard High School. During Cannonball’s tenure he taught at both the historic Old Dillard site at 1009 NW 4th Street (now a museum on the National Register of Historic Sites), and the current home of Dillard High School at 2501 NW 11th Street. The series began in 2009 to honor Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s connection to the Broward County Public School System and Dillard High School. Adderley taught music and directed the school band at the historic Dillard High School site at 1009 NW 4th Street in Fort Lauderdale between 1948 and 1950 and later taught at the current Dillard High School between 1953 and 1956.  The Old Dillard Museum now hosts an annual concert series–the Cannonball Jazz Series–in honor of a saxophonist who became the most commercially successful jazz musician of his day. 

Nat Adderley, Jr. was born into a famed jazz family. He started playing piano as a child and had his first song, "I'm on My Way", recorded by his uncle Cannonball on the 1967 album Why Am I Treated So Bad! by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet when the young Nat Adderley was only 11 years old. Later, at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City Adderley met fellow student Luther Vandross, with whom he would later spend much of his musical career. He attended Yale University, graduating with a degree in African American studies.

While living in Houston, Texas, he was the music arranger for the 1981 album Never Too Much which became Vandross's first hit with the title track, which reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and fourth on the dance charts. He continued working with Vandross, whom he called "a hilarious guy, a great employer, a great friend, and an incredible musician", until the singer's stroke in February 2003 that effectively ended his career. 

Adderley has returned to his jazz roots, performing his own works, as well as tributes to both his father and uncle. He cites his influences as Chick Corea, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

DCA Jazz Ensemble
The nationally renowned DCA Jazz Ensemble develops musical independence through a knowledge of styles and performance techniques of varied contemporary and jazz literature. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: production of characteristic tone; interpretation of jazz rhythms and articulation; composition, arrangement, and improvisation techniques; performance of literature from various popular and jazz styles; application of knowledge of jazz history; analysis and evaluation of jazz literature and musical performances as a performer and a listener; responsible participation in music activities; importance of music in everyday life.

Under the leadership and direction of Mr. Christopher Dorsey, the DCA Jazz Ensemble the band’s skill, style and swing has earned them First Place at Essentially Ellington National Jazz Championships in 2011 and 2012 and First Place at Swing Central National Jazz Competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The band recently presented a workshop/clinic with famed trumpeter and jazz educator Wynton Marsalis.

DCA Jazz Ensemble is consistently represented in prestigious honor jazz ensembles at the district, state and national level. Our students have been selected into the All County Honor Jazz Bands, The Florida All State Honor Bands, The Grammy Band, and the Monterrey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Band just to name a few.

Students also earn scholarships to some of the most prestigious jazz camps in the nation, including:
The Vail Jazz Workshop
Jamey Aebersol Summer Jazz Workshop
Michigan State University Jazz Camp
Standford University Jazz Camp

To learn more about DCA Jazz Ensemble sponsorship
opportunities contact  Karen Dorsey at (954)214-0320.

DCA Jazz Ensemble Facebook Page

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