fourth stream…La Banda, for orchestra, jazz ensemble and solo trumpet, was commissioned in 2009 by Dr. Robert T. Stroker, Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. Bill Cunliffe, who formerly taught at the Boyer College and has known and performed with Terell Stafford for more than a decade, envisioned this piece as an homage to Luis Biava’s Latin American roots and a vehicle to showcase the talent of Boyer’s orchestra and jazz students. A synthesis of styles, including classical, Latin jazz and improvisation, fourth stream…La Banda was performed by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra at sold out concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia (March 21, 2010) and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (April 9, 2010).
Composer, arranger and jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe, has performed and toured with some of the biggest names in jazz: Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Marian McPartland and Joshua Redman. He has arranged for and performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He regularly tours and records with his own ensembles, Imaginacion and Trimotif. He is a GRAMMY® winner for Best Instrumental Arrangement (West Side Story Medley, Resonance Big Band), the recipient of a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award and numerous National Endowment for the Arts grants. His CD’s have all charted on nationwide jazz polls and his instructional books have become part of the standard reference library for musicians. Bill is Associate Professor of Music at Cal State Fullerton. www.billcunliffe.com
The Temple University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO), under the leadership of Luis Biava, Music Director, is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students who perform a full range or orchestral works. Orchestra alumni hold positions with many renowned orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, the Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati and Hungarian Symphonies, the Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras, the Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and National Symphony Orchestras and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In addition to performances throughout greater Philadelphia, the TUSO performs at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,
Luis Biava is internationally renowned as a conductor for his work with symphony orchestras around the globe. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Biava was conductor in residence emeritus for The Philadelphia Orchestra and was also principal second violin. He is artistic and music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, South America and guest conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. He guest conducts at the Brevard Music Center, the Casals Festival, and the Festival Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de las Americas.
Terell Stafford has performed with jazz greats Bobby Watson, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath and Diana Krall. He is a member of the GRAMMY®-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers and Frank Wess Quintets, and performs and tours regularly with the Terell Stafford Quintet. He is Chair of Instrumental Studies, Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University. www.terellstafford.com
Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, 1715 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, www.temple.edu/boyer
fourth stream…La Banda, published by Bill Cunliffe Music, (BMI)
Engineer: George Blood
Recorded at The Baptist Temple, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA