As a composer, Mr. Reilly has achieved a remarkable synthesis of traditional classical music with jazz. His compositions and performances reflect his solid musicianship, intelligence and sophistication.
Acclaimed for his solo jazz concerts in the United States and in Europe, where he has performed in France, Italy, Poland, Ireland, London, Wales and Norway, Jack Reilly is a vibrant exhilarating performer.
The enthusiastic response to Mr. Reilly's European tour with George Russell's New York Band and his subsequent performance with the band at the Village Vanguard in New York City; his concert at Jordan Hall in Boston with the Jack Reilly Trio, where he was given a standing ovation; his recordings and books --- three volumes on jazz improvisation entitled SPECIES BLUES, nine folios of his compositions and the nationally accliamed book THE HARMONY OF BILL EVANS confirms the scope of Jack Reilly's talents and versatility.
Mr. Reilly has also presented lecture/recitals at numerous schools in North America and in Europe including presentations at the prestigious International Piano Festival and Competition at the University of Maryland. Formerly chairman of the Department of Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, he has served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, New York University, The New School, The Berklee School of Music, and as chairman of the Jazz Program at La Musica A Villa Scarsella in Diano Marina, Italy.
Recordings by Jack Reilly include albums of original material: Blue Sean Green, Tributes, The Brinksman, Masks, Here's What I Like, TZU-JAN Volume 1 and 2, and two new releases, PURE PASSION and LIVE IN POLAND, all on the Unichrom label.
His compositions include Jazz Requiem (1968), an Oratorio comissioned by the NEA (1974), Chuang-Tzu - Theme and Eight Variations for Orchestra (1993), Concertina for Jazz Piano and Strings(dedicated to BILL EVANS), Lullabys for Orchestra, Fantasy for Piano and Wind Quintet(dedicated to GEORGE RUSSELL), Piano Sonata in D Minor, and Concerto for Harmonica and Strings.
In 2001 Jack's first Piano Concerto for jazz trio and orchestra, titled,"ORBITALS" was premiered in Houghton Michigan,with the composer as soloist, with the Keweenaw Symphony,Jeff Bell-Hanson, conducting.
Two new piano works (2002), THE BLUE SAGE VARIATIONS and THE GREEN SPRING SUITE are now available. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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