Join us for our CoPA Artist Hour featuring members of the College of Performing Arts Music community. This week we will be joined by jazz vocalist Amy London and jazz guitarist and composer Rory Stuart, both faculty members at The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Rory Stuart is a critically-acclaimed guitarist and composer described by Jazz Times as "perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead jazz guitarist to emerge in years…" Rory has led groups whose recordings have received 4 stars (in Downbeat) and been voted 10 best of the year (in Coda). As a sideman, he has played with a wide range of artists, from Thelonious Monk's saxophonist Charlie Rouse, to legendary organists such as Bill Doggett and Brother Jack McDuff, to Steve Coleman's early MBASE group with Cassandra Wilson and Geri Allen. A Fulbright Scholar, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and has performed all over the world, from Iceland to South Africa, Chile to Czech Republic to India. As an educator, he has been musical director of jazz workshops in Singapore, Italy, and Korea, and designed and taught the flagship rhythm program at New School for 28 years, where his work as a full time faculty member ended in Spring 2020. Named as one of the greatest living guitarists in Scott Yanow's book The Great Jazz Guitarists, a list of his former students reads like a "Who's Who" of rising jazz stars, and his 6-volume book series on rhythm was just recently published.
Amy London is known and loved in New York City jazz and Broadway circles for her effortless sound, impeccable musicianship and depth of emotion. Her four critically acclaimed Motema CD's, Party of Four, The Royal Bopsters Project, Let's Fly and When I Look In Your Eyes, and her self produced 2017 release, Bridges, have led her to engagements in Greece, Russia, Italy, Turkey, France, Brazil, England, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, and across the US. Party of Four, will be released November 13, 2020. It represents Ms. London’s decade long work as the soprano in the vocal quartet, The Royal Bopsters, with alto Holli Ross, tenor Pete McGuinness and 2009 New School grad, bass Dylan Pramuk. Inspired by the recordings of Lambert Hendricks and Ross, with in-house arrangements by Pramuk and 3 time Grammy nom McGuinness, and original lyrics by London and Ross, The Bopsters carry on the tradition of harmonized bebop and vocalese, while adding their own original compositions and spices as well. The group’s first recording, The Royal Bopsters Project, received excellent reviews, including 4 and 1/2 stars from Downbeat, and Best CD’s of 2015 from Downbeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz and Talkin’ Broadway. The Royal Bopsters performed to standing ovations at The 2019 Newport Jazz Festival with bebop royalty Sheila Jordan. They were broadcast on Sirius radio, New Year’s Eve 2019, singing with Christian McBride.