The National Jazz Workshop Concerts

Eight jazz concerts presented by the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah Conservatory are free and open to the public!

Established in 2009 by Matthew Niess (Trombone Professor and Director of Jazz Studies) NJW is in its 14th year with over 1,000 participants to date.

Sunday, July 10, 7:00pm
The NJW All-Star Reunion Band
Directed by Matt Niess
After two years of being shut down the NJW All-Star Big Band is back but a little bit older!
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Monday, July 11, 1:00pm
Steve Williams’ Mighty Little Big Band
An eleven piece band playing original and classic tunes arranged by composer, arranger and saxophonist Steve Williams
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Monday, July 11, 7:00pm
The US Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble
From Washington, DC the U.S. Navy’s premier jazz ensemble. The Commodores have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the nation since 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world.
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Tuesday, July 12, 7:00pm
The Mike Tomaro Big Band
Featuring compositions from his new upcoming CD release Pittsburg based saxophonist and composer Mike Tomaro leads his band with notable musicians from the Washington DC area.
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Wednesday, July 13, 1:00pm
The Eric Byrd Trio
For over twenty years The Eric Byrd Trio has traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and bebop, the trio embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style.
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Wednesday, July 13, 3:30pm
Fairfax Swing Big Band
The Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Anthony Aversano & Billy Schnepper was formed as an extension of the Fairfax Wind Symphony. The ensemble performs numerous big band selections from the 1940’s to the 2000’s for your listening and dancing pleasure.
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Thursday, July 14, 1:00pm
Joe Henson Trio with Sherrie Miracle
Featuring new compositions written for his new release  A Thousand Words Joseph Henson  is joined by the drummer Sherrie Miracle, leader of the famous Diva Big Band.
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Thursday, July 14, 7:00pm
Ashlin Parker’s Trumpet Mafia
From its organic beginnings in the summer of 2013 as a group of New Orleans trumpeters getting together at Ashlin’s apartment to share practice techniques and support each other’s continued growth, the Trumpet Mafia has become a band of creative excellence with unexpected arrangements that mix traditional jazz and hip hop styles.
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All concerts will take place in Armstrong Concert Hall:
Shenandoah University
702 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
(Free parking next to hall)

Luis Hernandez Trio

Luis Hernadez Trio

A native of Miami Florida, virtuoso saxophonist Luis Hernandez began his musical career at the age of 14. He studied the prestigious music program at the University of North Texas where he played in the internationally acclaimed “One O’clock Lab Band for three and a half years.

In 1996, Luis joined the U.S. Navy Band “Commodores” (no, not with Lionel Ritchie!) as tenor saxophonist and featured soloist. Luis has performed and/or recorded with Arturo Sandoval, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, Terri Gibbs, Vanessa Ruben, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Afro Bop Alliance, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill, Chuchito Valdez, James Taylor, Baby Face, Poncho Sanchez, Mary Wilson, Luis Perdomo, Paquito D’Rivera, the Philadelphia Orchestra and many others.

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Starts: 7:30pm

Please look at the “visit” tab on the website for more details. This venue is open to all ages, but please keep your conversations down during performances.

Tickets: $15

Quentin Walton Trio in Concert

The Quentin Walston Trio is thrilled to hit the Flat Nine stage! Heralded as “stunning” and “impeccable” by Clarke Monthly, the Quentin Walston trio blends memorable melodies and striking rhythms with adventurous improvisations. Quentin Walston (piano) along with Daniel Kelly II (drums) and Ben Rikhoff (bass) will be performing exciting originals including the group’s new single, “Pipe Smoke” and selections from Quentin’s album, “Play”. Mixing in jazz standards from bebop and beyond, this trio’s foot-tapping, fun, and energetic sound is one you don’t want to miss!

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Show Start: 7:30pm

Please look at the “visit” tab on the website for more details and dress code. This venue is open to all ages, but please keep your conversations down during performances.

John Kirby Jazz Day

Join the museum in an exploration of jazz music! Hear local bands play, learn all about important jazz musicians like local jazz musician John Kirby, and get to have a hands-on experience with the instruments.

Included with admission to the museum.