November 15, 2019

One World Suite

NYU Washington, DC and the John Brademas Center of New York University co-hosted a second concert with, One World Suite. One World Suite is Combo Nuvo’s musical statement on climate change, offering up an encouraging step in the right direction.

One World Suite featured NYU Steinhardt Jazz faculty Dave Schroeder, Mongolian horn, piccolo, sopranino sax, chromatic harmonica, alto clarinet, Rich Shemaria, pianist, composer and conductor, and John Hadfield, drums, Brad Shepik, guitar, Mary Gatchell, oboist, Billy Drewes, saxophone and clarinet, Carlos Chirinos, Clinical Music and Global Health Associate Professor; Director, NYU Music and Social Change Lab, and Mike Richmond, bass. This year's concert featured special guest and D.C. saxophonist, Paul Carr. Special guest speaker for the evening included Sunny Sumter, Executive Director of the DC Jazz Festival.

Combo Nuvo performed One World Suite in Washington Square Park for the United Nation’s International Day of Peace. In addition to performing the suite, an additional composition was added called, The Oceans that included 500 harmonica players from the audience. The concept of inviting the audience to participate in the last tune adds greatly to in the inclusiveness of all participants and the idea that we all have a voice that can unify when we work together.

Prior to the concert, Dave Schroeder hosted a harmonica workshop and provided those in attendance with free harmonicas to use later on for the audience participation portion of the event.

This performance was made possible through the generous support from:
Ronald Abramson, RS Berkeley Horns, NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies, and NYU DC. Please note that this event may have been filmed and/or photographed.


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Carlos Chirinos

Carlos Chirinos

Billy Drewes

Billy Drewes

Mary Gatchell

Mary Gatchell

John Hadfield

John Hadfield

Mike Richmond

Mike Richmond

Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder

Brad Shepik

Brad Shepik

Rich Shemaria

Rich Shemaria

Paul Carr

Paul Carr, a Houston native and 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of Jazz. He carries on the Texas tenor tradition espoused by great heroes such as the late Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson who served as his early idols and mentors. He grew up in inner-city Houston, Texas and was a member of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, whose director, the late Conrad Johnson, is the subject of a documentary, Thunder Soul, produced by actor, Jamie Foxx. Though never having had private music lessons, Paul has received several outstanding musician awards at high school and college jazz festivals. Paul has recorded 5 CD’s, which have been well received by critics and jazz fans alike. One of his CDs, “DC-NYC Organ Sessions” was released in September, 2014 and as of this writing is #9 on the Jazz Week radio play charts. His CD released in 2013, “Standard Domain,” reached #3 on the Jazz Week radio play chart and stayed on the chart for 16 weeks.

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