"Art is the creative custodian of the truth"...Heidegger
"There is no true Art without secrecy"...Camus
Jack Reilly is a pianist, composer, and author whose work has achieved a remarkable synthesis of traditional classical music with jazz. His compositions and performances reflect his solid musicianship, intelligence and sophistication. The enthusiastic response his European tour with George Russell's New York Band and his subsequent performance with the band at the Village Vanguard in New York City; his concert at Jordan Hall in Boston with the Jack Reilly Trio, where he was given a standing ovation; his recordings and books --- three volumes on jazz improvisation entitled Species Blues, nine folios of his compositions and the acclaimed book The Harmony of Bill Evans confirms the scope of Reilly's talents and versatility.
Reilly has also presented lecture/recitals at numerous schools in North America and in Europe including presentations at the prestigious International Piano Festival and Competition at the University of Maryland. Formerly chairman of the Department of Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, he has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, New York University, The New School, The Berklee School of Music, and as chairman of the Jazz Program at La Musica A Villa Scarsella in Diano Marina, Italy.
His recordings include include albums of original material: Blue Sean Green, Tributes, The Brinksman, Masks, Here's What I Like, Tzu-Jan Volume 1 and 2, and two new releases, Pure Passion and Live in Poland, all on the Unichrom label.
His compositions include Jazz Requiem (1968), an Oratorio comissioned by the NEA (1974), Chuang-Tzu - Theme and Eight Variations for Orchestra (1993), Concertina for Jazz Piano and Strings(dedicated to Bill Evans), Lullabys for Orchestra, Fantasy for Piano and Wind Quintet(dedicated to George Russell), Piano Sonata in D Minor, and Concerto for Harmonica and Strings.
In 2001 his first Piano Concerto for jazz trio and orchestra, titled, Orbitals was premiered in Houghton Michigan,with the composer as soloist, with the Keweenaw Symphony, Jeff Bell-Hanson, conducting.
Friday, November 17, 2006
World Premiere in 2007; Jan/Feb. by JACK REILLY: BARGEMUSIC/WALES/LONDON concerts
On Thursday January 4th, Jack Reilly will begin celebrating his 75th year by giving the world premiere of "THE BLUE SAGE:THEME AND FIVE VARIATIONS/with IMPROVISATIONS". Included on the program are the following Reilly Compositions; BLUES FOR ALL, CLARA'S BELL, LAMENT FOR A CLOWN and UNICHROM. Dedications sre to Martin Murphy, Lennie Tristano, Claire Lian, Krey the Clown and Ron McClure, respectively.
The concert will be held at BARGEMUSIC, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn..
Concert begins at 7.30m PM...Tickets are $35.00 (no senior/student discounts).
Info and reservations; 718-624-2083
Harvie S the great American bassist will assist Reilly.
In February Jack will play at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff on the 23rd of February with a trio workshop for students on the 22nd and 24th Feb. A gig at The GATE, a renovated church in Cardiff, is in the offing with Paula Gardiner on Bass...date TBA.....Then off to London to play a solo recital at RAY'S JAZZ SHOP on Wed., 28th Feb. The next nite, 1st of March, Jack plays a trio gig at London's Spice of Life Jazz Club. Except for the Gate gig, all are trio concerts. His trio consists of UK musicians Steve Keogh, drums and Dave Green, bass. "The Blue Sage Theme and Variations" will receive its UK premiere in Cardiff......On March 2nd the trio travels North to Halifax to play the Dean Clough jazz club. Word has it that the clientele are very focused jazz fans, attentive, enthusiastic and looking forward to hearing Jack's music.
Other dates TBA...
For further info...in USA call 732-818-0840....in the UK call 29 20 752656 ask for Anil, Jack's manager.............
Posted by Sean Murphy Ortega
CEO, Unichrom Label