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The Music of Chick Corea

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bloomingdale School of Music Presents


Featuring Pianist Michael Cochrane with

Jeremy Noller on Drums, Kevin Farrell on Bass

 and Guest Artist, Eli Asher on Trumpet

March 3, 2017 @ 7 PM – Free Community Concert


New York, New York — Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) is pleased to present The Music of Chick Corea, a concert highlighting the work of one of the most significant jazz pianists and composers since the 1960s led by long time BSM faculty member pianist Michael Cochrane. Joining Mr. Cochrane are fellow BSM faculty members Jeremy Noller on drums, Kevin Farrell on bass and guest artist Eli Asher on Trumpet. This free community concert on Friday, March 3rd begins at 7 pm and will be held at the David Greer Recital Hall at the school’s home site located at 323 West 108th Street (off of Broadway) in Manhattan. Admission is FREE and seating is limited.

ABOUT CHICK COREA, Innovator and Pioneer – Since embarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick Corea has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return To Forever, the Elektric band and now the electro/acoustic Vigil. A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 22-time GRAMMY winner, and keyboard virtuoso, Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children’s songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring.



MICHAEL COCHRANE, Pianist, BSM Faculty- Highly regarded as a pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Michael Cochrane has been a  resident of the NY tri-state area since 1974. While here he has performed and/or recorded with: Sonny Forturne, Hannibal, Jack Walrath, Eddie Gomez, Tom Harrell, Paul Nash, John Clark, Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Chico Freeman, Ted Curson, Oliver Lake, Bradford Hayes, The Spirit Of Life Ensemble and many more. Mr Cochrane has performed in Colleges, clubs and concert halls. His touring experience spans many European countries as well as Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico, Greece, Russia, The Philippines and the Caribbean. In 1985 Mr. Cochrane received a Master of Arts Degree in Music and Music Education with honors from New York University. He has been a part-time instructor at Princeton University, Rutgers University, Bloomingdale School of Music and JCC Thurnauer School of Music. His teachers have included: Jaki Byard, Ray Santisi, Eleanor Hancock and Madame Margaret Chaloff. Mr Cochrane has recorded over ten CDs as a leader. He has written several books of piano music and instruction which is published by Second Floor Music (distributed by Hal Leonard), Steeple Chase, Charles Colin and his own publishing company, Inner Search Music.


Kevin Farrell, Bass, BSM Faculty – One of the freshest and most exciting voices on the New York jazz scene, he has produced an enormous amount of music as a composer and a bandleader. Recent commissions have included pieces for The Edinburgh Arts Festival, The Blue Rose Trio, members of Transitions Dance Company, and The Ahmanson Foundation. On his most recent recording, Four Trio (Arsenic Free Records) Kevin deftly weaves the complex atonal languages of Webern and Boulez with free improvised sections honed from years of experience performing with artists such as Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia and Bennie Maupin. He is currently on faculty at Fordham University, The Bloomingdale School of Music, and The Calhoun School, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University.  His latest offering entitled Kensington is a solo exploration of the acoustic bass guitar and all proceeds of the album will go to New York soup kitchens.


Jeremy Noller, Drummer & Percussionist, BSM Faculty – With a body of work that spans across many genres, jazz drummer and percussionist Jeremy Noller has proven himself a uniquely adaptable and versatile musician. Since his arrival in New York City in 2003, from Libertyville, ILL, Jeremy has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz and world music groups. Released in 2010, Jeremy’s debut album Music Notes flows seamlessly through musical landscapes, charting an accessible intersection between contemporary jazz and traditional West African rhythms. This is the inspiration for his latest project, NOLLER/SYLLA, a collaboration with Guinean percussionist Mangue Sylla. In touring throughout the U.S., Europe, Central America, and South America, Jeremy has appeared alongside artists such as Eddie Henderson, Dick Oatts, and Bunky Green, and has performed at major international music festival and at New York City’s top venues. He has his Masters in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with drummer John Riley, and later attended the Juilliard School’s Jazz Artist Diploma program where he studied with Billy Drummond and Carl Allen. While at Juilliard, Jeremy was co-winner of the arranging award at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam’s Keep An Eye International Jazz Competition, as well as the recipient of Juilliard’s Knowles Prize for Jazz upon his graduation in 2013. An experienced music educator, Jeremy Noller is currently on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music in Manhattan, an adjunct instructor at Fordham University, and presents workshops at schools and universities around the world.


Eli Asher, Trumpet, Guest Artist – Eli Asher is a member of the Respect Sextet and has appeared with the Bjorkestra, Asphalt Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Signal Ensemble, Slavic Soul Party!, TEEETH, Jose Gonzalez, Happy Fun Smile and Hylofi. In addition to his duties as a performer, he produced saxophonist Whit Williams’ 2009 release, Now’s the Time, earning 4.5 stars from Down Beat magazine.  In addition, he has worked as a technical assistant for electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, and teaches music theory at the Harlem School of the Arts. Having played his fair share of Hasidic Jewish weddings, he can slip into a tuxedo faster than you can say “Shlomo Carlebach!” Eli is a graduate of Princeton University and the Eastman School of Music.



Now in its 52nd year, BSM has served more than 80,000 children and adults through group classes, private instruction, and performance opportunities in classical, jazz, and rock music. Each week, over 650 students of all ages participate in a wide range of music making, including early childhood classes, a comprehensive pre-college program, free community concerts, and internet-based music programs. With accessibility central to its mission, more than 20% of Bloomingdale’s student body receives financial aid and scholarship assistance annually. For more information on Bloomingdale School of Music’s programs and concerts, visit www.bsmny.org, call the office at 212-663-6021, or email info@bsmny.org.



March 3
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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