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  Shakespeare and Jazz seems like a pretty odd concept. It even seemed odd to me when I first began working on the music, and it continues to raise eyebrows when first described. How can Shakespeare, the most revered writer in the English language, pair with the raucous, improvisational, earthy nature of jazz from the Crescent City?  That’s what Alex Ates and I set out to discover when we decided on a medium that would…

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  It’s funny, after almost a year and a half of existence, The Shakespearean Jazz Show has lived in two cites. Two very different cities…in two very different regions. However, both cities are crucial to the production’s existence and development: Boston and New Orleans. The piece was born in Boston as a student production at Emerson College, but the streets of New Orleans stirred the initial impulse for the piece –both cities inspired the inception…

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One of the many pleasures of working at Emerson is being surrounded by students focused on creating art. They study the theory too, but they are makers – whether it’s on stage, in a film/video lab or writing poetry. And the extracurricular scene is vital and prolific. Students bond over a particular idea and form ad hoc groups from which emerge amazing works. The Shakespearean Jazz Show is such a group. I had never heard…

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