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Young Artists Series: NEC Jazz Trio


Join outstanding jazz undergraduate and graduate students from New England Conservatory for a performance of music by celebrated jazz legends, such as Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, along with original compositions by members of the ensemble.

Chicago-born pianist/composer Shane Simpson is a senior at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA where he studies with Fred Hersch and Jason Moran. He has performed with many leading jazz artists of today including Rufus Reid, Steve Davis, Terell Stafford, and Tyshawn Sorey. Shane leads a jazz trio that performs regularly throughout the Boston community as part of Community Performances and Partnerships at NEC.

Simón Willson is a bassist hailing from Santiago, Chile. Simon attended the Escuela Moderna de Music preparatory program in Santiago and decided to pursue his musical studies at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, where he plans to complete his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2015. Apart from keeping a busy sideman schedule, Simon composes music and has taught several students and master classes in his home country.

Dor Herskovits is an Israeli drummer, based in Boston. He began pursuing his passion for music and drumming at the age of 14. After serving in the Israeli army, Dor studied in Rimon School of Music in Israel, while performing with local artists in the Israeli Jazz scene. In 2010 Dor transferred to Berklee College of Music on an international scholarship. After completing his Bachelor’s degree with excellence, Dor spent a year in New York exploring the affluent jazz scene and performing with top artists such as Tamir Shmerling and Daniel Rotem. During that year he had also participated in the semi-finals of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz drummer competition.   Dor is currently completing his Master’s degree in jazz performance at the New England Conservatory while performing with Boston musicians and composing original materials for future projects and teaching.