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City resident selected for acclaimed jazz program

Oct 5, 2012 - Staff

Tyler Gilmore, 30, of Riverton, is one of 39 students selected by audition from an applicant pool of more than 258, who just started New England Conservatory's highly competitive Jazz Studies Program this fall.

Drawing inspiration from a vast array of musical sources, Gilmore cites such disparate influences as electronic pioneer Aphex Twin, drum and bass music and a slew of jazz luminaries including heavyweights John Hollenbeck and Maria Schneider.

Gilmore has worked with such jazz talent as Cuong Vu, Matt Wilson, Ron Miles, Ken Filiano and John Fedchock. He leads the group Ninth and Lincoln which did a monthly residency at Denver's Dazzle Jazz Club among others. He produced the band's self-titled debut in 2008, and released their second album "Static Line" in June 2011.

Gilmore composes chamber music ranging from jazz to modern classical. He won the 2009 ASCAP/Columbia College Commission in Honor of Hank Jones and won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award in 2008, 2009 and 2010. His music has been reviewed in DownBeat and performed by Jon Faddis' Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Bobby Watson and The UMKC Concert Jazz Ensemble, The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Band I, The Playground Ensemble and The Henry Mancini Institute Overture Orchestra, among others. His work is published by UNC Jazz Press and Minor Ninth Music.

"Gilmore's music is evocative above all else. Whether the mood is violent or eerie, one can't help but become transfixed by the assortment of colors and images that span his compositions," said Sebastian Albu, from Examiner.


New England Conservatory's Jazz Studies Department was the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory. The brainchild of Gunther Schuller who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became president of the Conservatory in 1967, the unprecedented program was approved by the National Association of Schools of Music and began offering classes in September 1969.

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