Wheeler Memorial Concert Will Feature Yale and Reunion Jazz Ensembles


Yale Law School and Yale University Bands will present the 2017 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. in Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. The concert will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble, Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director, and the Reunion Jazz Ensemble.

Reunion is a group of Yale alumni who, along with late Yale Law School professor and trumpeter Stanton Wheeler, were early members of the Yale jazz scene in the 1970s. Wheeler continued to play with the YJE until his death in 2007. This is the 10th annual concert dedicated to his memory. This year’s Reunion roster includes well-known jazz artists John Mastroianni (alto sax), Paul Lieberman (tenor sax and flute), Gary Bennett (bari sax), Steve Perrett (trumpet), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar), Jeff Fuller (bass), Paul Sullivan (piano), and Ben Bilello (drums).

The Yale Jazz Ensemble (YJE) is a seventeen-piece big band that performs a wide variety of music, from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest and most progressive jazz compositions. The Ensemble has performed extensively in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium jazz clubs, and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. The YJE has performed with or opened for The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Call (203) 432-4111 or visit www.yale.edu/yaleband for more information.