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The UC Irvine Libraries support the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series by providing a bibliography of the works of each Fellow. The bibliographies are available in print at the Langson and Science Libraries and at each public event.

2001 - 2002 Series

Asian American Orchestra

UC Irvine Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow
A Selective Bibliography: The UC Irvine Libraries
April 10 & 11, 2002

Lorelei Tanji, Head of Collection Development
The UC Irvine Libraries

Asian American Orchestra

Ensemble members

Asian American Orchestra

The Asian American Orchestra is a Grammy-nominated ensemble formerly known as the Asian American Jazz Orchestra. This ensemble is comprised of numerous talented multi-instrumentalists, such as:


2001   Monk's Moods - Asian American Orchestra with Steve Lacy (EMusic)
1999   Far East Suite - Asian American Orchestra (Asian Improv Records)
1998   Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire - Asian American Jazz Orchestra (AIR)


2000   Grammy nomination, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance CD - A reinterpretation of Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn's Far East Suite.


"Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire." Coda Magazine (formerly Coda) no. 289 (January-February 2000):39.

"Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire." Jazz Hot no. 566 (December 1999-January 2000):40.

"Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire." Jazztimes 30 (January-February 2000):114-115.

Blumenthal, Bob. "Asian American Orchestra headlines a new jazz festival." Boston Globe, Third Edition (9 September 2001): L21.

Burk, Greg. "Asian American Jazz Orchestra with San Jose Taiko." LA Weekly (6-12 November 1998).

Elwood, Philip. "Grammy nomination hailed as 'changing of the guard'." San Francisco Examiner (21 February 2000) B-1; B-9.

"Far East Suite." Cadence 26 (January 2000): 124.

"Far East Suite." Jazz Hot no. 566 (December 1999-January 2000):40.

"Far East Suite." Jazztimes 30 (January-February 2000):114.

Hamamoto, D. "Asian equation (Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra)." Down Beat, 67, no. 12 (December 2000): 16. Main Lib. Call No.: ML 1 D68

Heckman, Don. "All that jazz; A Multicultural exercise that's pure Ellington." Los Angeles Times, Home Edition(18 February 2000):22.

Heckman, Don. "Moments of Freedom - 'Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire' remembers music in interment camps," Los Angeles Times (5 November 1998).

Kelp, Larry. "Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra at Oakland Asian Cultural Center." East Bay Express (3 March 2000).

Lock, Graham. "Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra: 'Monk's Moods'." JazzTimes - America's Jazz Magazine 31, no. 6 (August 2001): 116, 118.

Reich, Howard. "Asian fest drums up class acts." Chicago Tribune (26 October 1998).

Reynolds, Martin. "Local Grammy nominees still winner." Oakland Tribune (27 February 2000) Local 1-2.

Sawyer, R. Dante. "Further East." Jazziz 17, no. 2 (February 2000):59.

Tiegel, Eliot. "Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra." Down Beat 67, no. 9 (September 2000):20. Main Lib. Call No.: ML 1 D68

---------. "The Biz: Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra." Jazz, Blues & Beyond 67, no. 9 (September 2000): 20.


Asian Improv Records website - Asian American Orchestra:

Bartlett, Andrew. "Asian American Jazz Orchestra Performs Duke Ellington's 'Far East Suite'." Reprinted from the Earshot Jazz Festival Program.

Green, Stephanie. "A Memorial in music: Music of the internment--then and now." Asian Week (19-25 February 1998).

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Dr. Anthony Brown

1997   Ph.D., Music (Ethnomusicology), University of California, Berkeley
1989   M.A. , Music (Ethnomusicology), UC Berkeley
1987   Master of Music (Jazz Performance), Rutgers University
1975   B.S. Music and Psychology, University of Oregon

Selected Positions

1997-98   Visiting Professor of Music, UC Berkeley
1992-96   Curator of American Musical Culture and Director, Jazz Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institution
1990-91   Graduate Instruction/Lecturer, UC Berkeley
1986-87   Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Selected Performances

1998   Debut of the Asian American Jazz Orchestra, Center for the Arts, San Francisco

1997   Premiered Traditions in Transformation, Japan America Theatre, Los Angeles

1996   Premiered E.O. 9066 (Truth be Told), Asia Society, New York City; performed with Zakir Hussain, San Francisco Jazz Festival.

1995   Premiered Never Again! with San Jose Taiko and Janice Mirikitani; performed with Cecil Taylor Orchestra, San Francisco Jazz Festival.

1993-95   Performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Trio, and with David Murray

1990-92   Toured music/poetry collaborations with Sonia Sanchez, Max Roach, Jayne Cortez, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Jon Jang, John Santos, and Genny Lim.

1990-91   International tours with the Pan-Asian Arkestra/Kulintang Arts.

1987-89   Performed with Billy Taylor, Julius Hemphill, John Handy, and Sirone.

1986   Summer residency in Vienna to perform during the Wierner Fest Wochen; NEA national tour with jazz quartet United Front.

1985   Performed in the premiere of Anthony Davis' opera, X--The Life and Times of Malcolm X, American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia. Toured Europe twice including concerts in Salzburg, Dresden, Leipzig.

Selected Commissioned Compositions

1996   Traditions in Transformation, Rockefeller Foundation
1995   Never Again! (Mo, Shimasen), Asian Heritage Council
1993   Kazoku (Family), Asian Improv Arts "Commemorations" Festival
1991   Nikoku Suite, Asian American Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary
1990   Suite: Oakkland, Multimedia Commission by Festival 2000, S.F.
1988   East/West Jazz Projekt, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Berlin
1983   Incantation Suite, San Francisco Chamber Music Society

Selected Publications

Brown, Anthony. Give the Drummer Some! The Development of Modern Jazz Drumming. Berkeley: UC Press, forthcoming.

----------. "Jones, Quincy." Stanley Saide, ed. New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d. ed. London: Macmillan, 2000. Main Lib. Call No.: Ref ML100 .N48 2001.

----------. The development of modern jazz drumset performance. 1940-50. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California Berkeley, 1997.

-----------. Thirteen music biographies. In Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Edited by Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West. New York: Macmillan Library Reference, c1996. Main Lib. Call. No.: Ref E185. E54 1996

----------. Cry Flute, Gunter Wehinger, liner notes (Amadeo Records), 1994.

----------. The Gillespie Connection (Smithsonian Institution), 1992.

----------. "Modern Jazz Drumset Artistry." The Black Perspective in Music 18, no. 1-2 (Fall, 1990):39-59. Main Lib. Call No.: ML 3556 B6

Selected Filmography

1995   "Doubles: Japan and America's Intercultural Children" (CPB, NHK)
1986   "Outside in Sight: The Music of United Front" (Rhapsody Films)

Selected Discography

1996   Family - Anthony Brown (Asian Improv Records)
1993   Tiananmen! - Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Arkestra (Soul Note)
1990   Never Give Up! - Pan-Asian Arkestra (Asian Improv Records)
1986   Water Mystery - James Newton (Gramavision)
1985   African Flower - James Newton (Blue Note)
1983   Live in Berlin - United Front (FMP)
1982   Tang - Jon Jang (RPM)
1981   Ohm: Unit of Resistance - United Front (RPM)

Selected Awards

1997   APPEX, Center for Intercultural Performance, UCLA (Collaborator)
1995   Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Fund (Composer/Collaborator)
1994   MacDowell Colony residency (Writer/Composer)
1992   University of California Humanities Institute Fellowship
1992   Institute of Jazz Studies Award
1991   National Endowment for the Arts (Jazz Performance)
1991   American Cultures Fellowship
1987-90   Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship
1985-88   Meet the Composer (Atlanta, Berkeley, New Brunswick, New York)
1985   National Endowment for the Arts (Jazz Touring)

Selected Websites

Asian Improv Records - Anthony Brown:

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Jon Jang

Selected Commissioned Compositions

Selected discography

1999   Beijing Trio
1999   Self Portrait
1998   Never Give Up!
1987   The Ballad or the Bullet
1984   Are You Chinese or Charlie Chan? (RPM)
1982   Jang

Selected Websites

Asian Improv Records - Jon Jang:

Jon Jang Biography and Discography:

Other Minds - Jon Jang:

Paget-Clarke, Nic. " Composers / Founders of Asian Improv recording company. 10th Anniversary of Asian Improv. A Conversation with Jon Jang and Francis Wong. (5-part in-depth interview)" In Motion Magazine (1997).

----------. " An Interview with composers Jon Jang and James Newton (2-part in-depth interview on the creation of 'When Sorrow Turns to Joy')." In Motion Magazine (21 January 2000).

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Mark Izu

Selected Commissioned Compositions Selected Discography

1999   Queen's Garden with Brenda Wong Aoki.
1992   Circle of Fire with James Newton and Jin Hi Kim.

Selected Websites

Asian Improv Records - Mark Izu

Chang, Momo. "Remembering Uncle Gunjiro (Interview with Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu)." Hardboiled.

First Voice website - Mark Izu - Commissions, Awards, Performances:

Sanford, John. " New art institute examines deeper meaning of diversity." Stanford Report (18 January 2002).

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Francis Wong

Selected Discography

1999   Jade Blue
1999   Gathering of Ancestors
1998   Great Wall
1998   Chicago Time Code
1998   Ming
1998   Duets I
1998   Devotee

Selected Websites

Asian Improv Records - Francis Wong:

Alliance of Emerging Creative Artists (AECA) website - Co-Founder Francis Wong:

Paget-Clarke, Nic. " Composers / Founders of Asian Improv recording company. 10th Anniversary of Asian Improv. A Conversation with Jon Jang and Francis Wong. (5-part in-depth interview)" In Motion Magazine (1997).

Dr. Hafez Modirzadeh

Selected Discography

1997   The Mystery of Sama
1995   In Chromodal Discourse

Selected Websites

Asian Improv Records - Hafez Modirzadeh

Hafez Modirzadeh website. Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University. Contains biography, discography, publications, performances, chromodal research, images, etc.

Other Minds - Hafez Modirzadeh

Liu Qi Chao

Selected Websites

Ancient Future.Com:

Durfee Foundation Master Musician Fellowship - 2001/2002 Fellows:

Wayne Wallace

Selected websites

Oye Productions - Wayne Wallace:

San Francisco State University Music Faculty webpage:

John Worley, Jr.

Selected websites

John Worley, Jr. website:

San Francisco State University Music Faculty webpage:

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