Special Guest James Jabbo Ware with Dance Clarinets
“A Force To Be Dealt With” 
An evening of the jazz orchestral music of James Jabbo Ware 
February 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. 

JD Parran, Director, Dance Clarinets 

2018 marks the 6th year of Dance Clarinets at Greenwich House. The ensemble (which also includes GHMS students) performs big band jazz orchestra music substituting saxophones and brass with all clarinets from soprano to contrabass. 

Tickets: $10 at door

James Jabbo Ware began his professional career as a versatile saxophonist/composer/ arranger in 1962 with the Black Artist Group of St. Louis (whose members included Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and Hamiett Bluiett). He went on to serve in a wide range of ensembles led by legendary figures including Dollar Brand, Albert King, Sam Rivers, Charles Mingus and Archie Shepp, with the latter including him on two of his most respected Impulse! recordings, Attica Blues and Cry of My People. Encouraged by Bluiett, Ware moved to New York in 1970 where he studied improvisation and composition with George Coleman and joined Sam Rivers' big band, the Collective Black Artists (CBA) Band, and Frank Foster and the Loud Minority among other groups. 

His association with GHMS ensemble director JD Parran started during their teen years playing together in educator- led student jazz orchestras. They were roommates in New York circa 1971 when he realized his dream of leading his own large ensemble by forming The Me We and Them Orchestra. JD was a charter member and continues with Jabbo's orchestra today. In addition to his countless collaborations with other musicians Ware was also founder and Artistic Director of Y'All of New York, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to advancing jazz traditions through the production of performances, recordings and educational programs throughout the greater New York City community and beyond.

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