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Emily Bear and NYU Jazz

In his illustrious career, Quincy Jones had seen it all – or so he may have thought before he came across Emily Bear. Only 12 years old, Emily is one of the most astonishing musical talents of our time – composing, orchestrating, and performing in a bewilderingly diverse collection of styles. Some of her huge talent is on display in the appropriately-named album Diversity, her first album for Concord Records/Quest Records, which Jones produced.

Diversity was recorded at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles - the same Studio that Quincy recorded his Back On The Block album and Bad with Michael Jackson, thus passing on the torch of a mighty tradition to one of the youngest members of a new musical generation. Using her own jazz trio handpicked by Quincy, Emily demonstrates both her versatility and an open-hearted melodic soul at the piano, writing all of the selections herself.

“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life,” Quincy says. “And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man ... she’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach.” Read more

Watch Emily Bear in these videos.

Past performances:
Combo Novo, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, March 3, 2014

Featuring NYU Jazz Studies Artists/Faculty:
Dave Schroeder, harmonica and woodwinds
Lenny Pickett, woodwinds
Billy Drewes, woodwinds
Brad Shepik, guitar
Rich Shemaria, piano
Mike Richmond, cello
John Hadfield, percussion
WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Quincy Jones Artist, pianist/composer Emily Bear

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center
Location: 10 Columbus Cir #5, NYC
ADMISSION:$20–45 / $10–15, students
Sets: 7:30pm & 9:30 pm

NYU Jazz Orchestra at the Blue Note Jazz Club, May 5, 2014
Conducted by Rich Shemaria and featuring faculty guest soloists.
WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Quincy Jones Artist, pianist/composer Emily Bear

Blue Note Jazz Club
Location: Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West 3rd Street
ADMISSION: $15 /$10, students
Sets at 8pm and 10:30pm
Visit: www.bluenotejazz.com