Jazz Alum Makes Mark at Carnegie Hall Brad Mehldau Named 2010-11 Composer’s Chair

Brad Mehldau (’88) was recently named as the holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995. Previous chairs include Louis Andriessen (2009-2010), Elliott Carter (2008-2009), and John Adams (2003-2007).

Brad continues to break new ground in creative synthesis of his multiple musical worlds, I couldn’t be more proud that his musical journey started here at The New School,, said Martin Mueller, executive director of New School Jazz.

Mehldau’s residency begins in November 2010 with the New York premiere of his new concert-length work Highway Rider. For this Carnegie Hall performance, he will be joined by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the featured performers on the album: his trio, drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, as well as saxophonist Joshua Redman, and percussionist Matt Chamberlain.

For information on all of Mehldau’s events at Carnegie Hall in the coming season, visit the Carnegie Hall. website.