MASKS is a compilation of live concerts dating from 1968 thru 1995. there are 8 solo piano tracks, 2 duo tracks with Saxophonist/clarinetist JOE MANERI, 1 trio track with RONNIE BEDFORD on drums and HARVIE S on bass, a quintet track featuring SHEILA JORDAN VOCALS, NORMAN MARNELL TENOR SAX, JACK SIX BASS AND JOE COCUZZO DRUMS.
THE concert venues include, Boston's JORDAN HALL, THE CORK IRELAND JAZZ FESTIVAL, SAINT PETER'S LUTHERN CHURCH, NYC and others.
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. You can purchase books on Jack's website.www.jackreillyjazz.com).For a review of MASKS go to www.allmusicguide.com
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.
His compositions include Jazz Requiem (1968), Oratorio (1974), Chuang-Tzu - Theme and Eight Variations for Orchestra (1993), Concertina for Jazz Piano and Strings, Lullabys for Orchestra, Fantasy for Piano and Wind Quintet, Piano Sonata in D Minor, and Concerto for Harmonica and Strings. In 2001, his Piano Concerto for jazz trio, titled,"Orbitals", was premiered with the composer as soloist with the Keweenaw Symphony, Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, conductor. The Blue Sage Variations and The Green Spring Suite are recent(2002), piano works.
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