Reunion Jazz Ensemble is readying another reunion this weekend, as part of an annual jazz celebration in the Elm City. The ensemble will provide a great afternoon of jazz at the Yale Law School.
The event is the 2016 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert, named after a stalwart of the ensemble as well as a pioneering legal thinker and researcher. It begins at 2 p.m. in the law school’s Levinson Auditorium at 127 Wall St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
The late Stan Wheeler was a Yale law professor who spent 30 years playing trumpet with the Yale Jazz Ensemble. Wheeler was also a stalwart of the Reunion Jazz Ensemble (including some of New Haven’s most established jazz performers). Both groups have gathered each year since his 2007 death to pay tribute to him—and pick up their horns and guitars and drumsticks to delight the crowd that gathers in the auditorium.
The Yale Jazz Ensemble, the undergraduate jazz group, is in hiatus this year. Music Director Thomas C. Duffy, who is on the faculty of the music school, is overseeing the concert. Jeff Fuller will lead the Reunion jazz ensemble. Many of Reunion’s players were original members of the Yale Jazz Ensemble back in the late 1970’s. They are seen here at last year’s concert.
The Reunion Jazz Ensemble—made up of a group of longtime friends, include Grammy Award winners, Broadway veterans, top Hollywood arrangers, and musicians who have performed around the world – were featured at the Branford Jazz On The Green Series in 2013.
Reunion’s lineup for this Sunday’s jazz concert includes original members Steve Perrett (trumpet), Paul Lieberman (tenor sax, flute), Paul Sullivan (piano), and Jeff Fuller (bass). Joining them will be well known local jazz luminaries Tim Moran( baritone sax), Bob Kolb (alto sax), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar) and Bob D’Angelo, (drums).