The Rhythm of a Reunion: A Jazz Alumni Concert Slideshow

How does one salute an educational community known for its staggeringly diverse musical talent, faculty virtuosos, and boundary-pushing students? Strike up the band, of course!

That’s what the School of Jazz did last month during its annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea. For the third year in a row (one can never celebrate success too much), current students, faculty, alumni and the musically savvy public paid tribute to over 25 years of notable achievement. Performance featured three generations of Jazz alumni, including the acclaimed Bilal Oliver, whose work draws from jazz, soul, and hip-hop; Gilad Hekselman, a rising star Israeli guitarist; and Eddie Barbash with The Amigos Band, a collective dedicated to performing and creating American music through the traditions of collaboration and improvisation. The collective was joined by frequent collaborator and highly-regarded singer Brianna Thomas.

Scroll through the slideshow below for a recap of the night.

The Amigos Band performs at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

New School alumnus Eddie Barbash (left) and Sam Reider of the Amigos Band perform at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

The Amigos Band performs with singer Brianna Thomas at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

New School alumnus Gilad Hekselman performs at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

New School alumnus Gilad Hekselman, Joe Martin and Obed Calvaire perform at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

Drummer Obed Calvaire performs at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

New School for Jazz Executive Director Martin Mueller (left) and alumnus Gilad Hekselman (center) on stage at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

New School alumnus Bilal Oliver performs at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

Jazz musicians perform at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

New School alumnus Bilal Oliver performs at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn

Bilal Oliver performs at the 3rd annual Jazz Alumni Concert at the Highline Ballroom in September. Photo by Scott Wynn