Xavier Perez, a jazz saxophonist in the Jazz Studies program at Purchase College, has been selected to participate in a Carnegie Hall Jazz Workshop with award-winning pianist and composer Fred Hersch March 11-16. Mr. Perez, a graduate student in the Conservatory of Music, was one of three horn players selected for the program of 12.
The five-day workshop will allow the 12 young musicians to work on solo, duo and trio repertoire, including compositions by jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter; classic standards; open improvisation; original compositions by Mr. Hersch; and new works by participating students. In addition to Mr. Hersch, the faculty will include trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom and pianist Jason Moran. The workshop will culminate with a Young Artists Concert in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on March 16.
Xavier Perez was raised in the Hialeah, Florida area to Cuban parents. Elements of his Cuban folkloric and American jazz upbringing are reflected in his multi-faceted musical personality. He has won collegiate soloist of the year from Downbeat magazine, and has toured nationally with Maynard Ferguson and Diana Schure, among others. Recently he was the only U.S representative selected to perform in the final elimination round of the International Saxophone competition where he won second place among hundreds of applicants from more than 20 countries.