World Renowned Jazz/World Ensemble to Play at Lasell

World Renowned Jazz/World Ensemble to Play at Lasell

March 26, 2015

Boston's world-renowned Either/Orchestra - called "the leading little big-band in the jazz world" by the Boston Globe -- will play a free concert at Lasell College April 2.

Founded and led by Lasell Music Professor, composer and saxophonist Russ Gershon, the Either/Orchestra, will perform for the public at Lasell College's Yamawaki Auditorium at 8pm.

While characterized as a jazz band, the group is recognized for its musical range, playing varying genres with a Latin influence as well as songs by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Critics have called the ensemble one of the world's best groups.

The group has released ten albums and a DVD, played in 34 of the United States and over a dozen countries in Europe. Appearances include Lincoln Center, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Barbican in London, Glastonbury Pop, and innumerable other concerts, festivals, and clubs. Gershon was nominated for an arranging Grammy and the band won five Boston Music Awards. It has also served as an incubator for talent, with alumni including jazz greats John Medeski, Matt Wilson, and MacArthur "genius" Miguel Zenon, as well as Newton native Josh Roseman.

Later this year the group will release a CD of Gershon's original suite for the band, The Collected Unconscious, commissioned by Chamber Music America, and another CD of music by Nerses Nalbandian. Nalbandian was an Armenian expatriate who became Ethiopia's national "maestro" in the 1950s and led the orchestra at the Haile Selassie National Theater, a singular honor for a non-Ethiopian. The Lasell concert will contain highlights of both these projects.

Members of the Orchestra include Tom Halter and Dan Rosenthal on trumpets, Joel Yennior on trombone, Mark Zaleski, Gershon, and Charlie Kohlhase on reeds, Gilson Schachnik on piano, Rick McLaughlin on bass, Oscar Suchanek on drums, and Vicente Lebron on congas. Vocalist Gabrielle Agachiko will appear as a guest on several numbers.