International Jazz Day
Curator: Jon Batiste
Concert and Conversation Featuring:
- Patrick Bartley Jr – Saxophones
- Jeffery Miller – Trombone
- Giorgi Mikadze – Piano
- Linda Oh – Bass
- Julius Rodriguez – Drums
Jazz is like the universe: it’s been expanding since its creation and it’s connected to everything and everybody. Join The National Jazz Museum in Harlem as we continue our annual International Jazz Day Listening Party featuring live music and conversation. This event will illustrate the universality of jazz by bringing together acclaimed musicians from around the world to perform together. The event is curated by our Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Batiste.
Patrick Bartley Jr. – Saxophones
- Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Patrick Bartley, Jr. is a musician with experience in a wide range of situations, most notably for appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and being featured in the Emmy-nominated HBO special Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. As an on-demand sideman, he has performed and recorded with musicians such as Louis Hayes, Jonathan Batiste, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Coffin, and Wynton Marsalis.
- Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Bartley studied with Melton Mustafa, Jr.—son of world-renowned trumpeter Melton Mustafa, Sr. It was with Melton Mustafa, Jr. and Sr. that Patrick got his first professional recording opportunity, at age 17. The session included Mulgrew Miller, Essiet Essiet, Ray Mantilla, Jason Jackson, and Victor Lewis. While attending high school, after making the Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles for two consecutive years, Patrick was given the opportunity to perform with the Dave Matthews Band live on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and was also a YoungArts Gold Award recipient in Jazz.
- Patrick also enjoys performing in a wide range of musical styles, including classical, Afro-Cuban, Japanese music, and various types of electronic music. Patrick strives to further his life-long study in the various and unique ways melody and rhythm can affect and unite people, which encourages him to plunge deep in to the plethora of multi-cultural music from around the world and let it affect him. In addition to building his career as a performer and composer, Patrick intends to pursue his passion for Japanese music and continue pushing his original music project, the “J-MUSIC Ensemble”, which focuses on bringing new perspectives to modern Japanese pop, indie, and art music.
Jeffery Miller – Trombone
- Young New Orleans-bred trombonist and singer, Jeffery Miller has no shortage of believers who recognize his talent. At 15, Mr. Miller performed at the legendary Carnegie Hall with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they celebrated their 50th Anniversary and at 19, Miller brought down the house at the famed Apollo Theater after which, Irvin Mayfield of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra proudly shared that Miller was recently admitted on full scholarship to The Juilliard School.
- His resume already reads like the resume of an old jazz cat having performed or recorded with veterans Donald Harrison Jr., Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Delfeayo Marsalis, Roderick Paulin, and Herlin Riley. Jeffery has performed with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, The Christian McBride Big Band, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, played trombone in the 2014 Grammy Band and played at many of the top festivals including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Sachmo Summerfest, Vail Jazz Festival and Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival.
- After starting on the trombone at age 10 under the tutelage of Mr. Keith Hart, Sr, he has since been mentored by Wycliffe Gordon, Ellis, Delfeayo and Wynton Marsalis, Reggie Young, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and many more. On his mentors, Jeffery states, “I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many teachers.”
- Jeffery has been recognized with the 2014 and 2015 Young Arts Merit Award in Jazz Trombone and was a recipient of 2013 ASCAP Louis Prima Award. As an actor, for three years he played a music student of Antoine Batiste (portrayed by Juilliard Alum Wendell Pierce) on David Simon’s critically acclaimed HBO series Treme and has appeared on local New Orleans television and radio stations.
- Miller plans to earn an advanced degree in music and build a career all while looking out for the one who has looked out for him, the grandmother who raised both Jeffery and his twin sister. We know she is proud and that she, like so many others, believes in Jeffery Miller.
Giorgi Mikadze – Piano
- Mikadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and began playing piano at the age of five, first performed piano concerto with a symphony orchestra at 12 and began composing at the age of 14. While attending high school, Giorgi developed his love for jazz. In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, and in 2014 graduated from Berklee College of Music and went on to recieve a full scholarship at The Manhattan School of Music.
- Noted for his fantastic skills as a pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia, and was a Musical Director for Berklee’s tribute to Quincy Jones and a Berklee Commencement Concert.
Linda Oh – Bass
- Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth Western Australia, Linda began playing piano, bassoon, and at fifteen, dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in high school bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Linda studied at the W.A. Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she graduated with first-class honors.
- She was twice a James Morrison Scholarship Finalist, an IAJE Sister in Jazz and received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s award in 2008. She received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist’s Awards for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and received the award of No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll.
- Linda completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones. She now teaches in the precollege division there and is involved in jazz videoconference master-classes for high-schools around the US. She has performed with the musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
- Oh has released three albums, Entry in 2009, Initial Here in 2012 and Sun Pictures in 2013 and is working on a trio album and an eight-piece group featuring string quartet. She is now a member of Pat Metheny’s most recent quartet project.
Julius Rodriguez – Drums
- Seventeen year old Julius Rodriguez has been making music since he was 4 when he began studying classical piano and drums. At 9 he began playing at church and soon enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division studying classical piano, jazz piano, drums, and composition.
- Rodriguez has recieved recognition from the Charles Mingus High School Festival & Competition, Downbeat Student Music Awards, NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Science Olympics), the Next Generation Jazz Festival High School Competition, and NFAA’s YoungArts.
- At only 17 he has already studied and performed with many great musicians and teachers including: John Senakwami, Ubaldo Díaz-Acosta, Jeremy Mansia, Richard Huntley, Kenny Washington, Craig Weinrib, Sean Nowell, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Wycliffe Gordon, Terrell Stafford, Dayna Stephens, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Jay Azzolina, Benny Green, Javon Jackson, Don Sickler, Ted Nash, Curtis Fuller, Marcus Printup, Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Todd Coolman, the Mingus Big Band, and many more.
- Julius Rodriguez’s debut album, Introducing Orange Julius and the Big Beat, is now available.
Additional musicians will be confirmed up until the event. You never know who will join in!
The event is curated by The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Co-Artistic Director Jonathan Batiste.