Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra
Presents the World Premiere of Carlos Franzetti’s
In the Key of Jazz: Suite for Classical Guitar and Jazz Orchestra
Renowned Argentine Classical Guitarist Sergio Puccini

OCTOBER 14 (NEW YORK) – On October 21, the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Carlos Franzetti’s In the Key of Jazz: Suite for Classical Guitar and Jazz Orchestra, featuring Grammy nominee Sergio Puccini on guitar, under the direction of MSM’s Justin DiCioccio.

Franzetti, a prolific award-winning composer, draws on diverse inspirations and various styles for this large-scale jazz composition, commissioned for guest soloist Puccini with the support of the City of Buenos Aires and the Secretaria de Cultura de la Municipalidad de Rosario. The first of Franzetti’s “In the Key of” works was for tango, composed in 2014. The resulting CD, In the Key of Tango, was a critical success and received a Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Tango Album.

“In the Key of Jazz is a fresh new work for jazz orchestra, ” says DiCioccio, Associate Dean and Chair of MSM’s Jazz Arts program. “We are proud to be giving this piece its world premiere.”

The MSM Jazz Orchestra’s one-night-only performance will take place on Friday, October 21 (7:30 pm) and is free and open to the public. In addition to Franzetti’s composition, the concert will include two works for solo guitar: Prelude no. 3, in jazz style by Santiago Grande Castelli and Hola Sebastián by Argentine guitarist/composer Cacho Tirao. This will be one of the first major concerts in Manhattan School of Music’s newly renamed Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly John C. Borden Auditorium).

Puccini and Franzetti – both Argentine – have premiered and recorded works together in the past. In 1998, Puccini recorded Franzetti’s compositions for the album San Francisco Camerata Americana for Klavier Records.

“Ever since I began playing jazz electric guitar as a young person,” says Puccini, “I have always dreamed of performing a composition like this. When I spoke to Carlos about this idea, he was immediately captivated.”

In the Key of Jazz is a unique work, adding to the few compositions featuring the sound of the Spanish classical guitar with a jazz orchestra. It also “explores the musical possibilities of mixing several Latin American rhythms, such as milonga, guajira, bossa nova, and samba, in this setting,” says Franzetti.

“I’m very grateful to MSM and the great MSM Jazz Orchestra, as well as to the outstanding maestro, Justin DiCioccio, who invited me to premiere this suite with them,” adds Puccini.


Friday, October 21, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly Borden Auditorium)
Justin DiCioccio (MM ’71), Music Director
Sergio Puccini, guitar

FRANZETTI In the Key of Jazz: Suite for Classical Guitar and Jazz Orchestra (World Premiere)

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Manhattan School of Music is one of the first conservatories in the United States to acknowledge the importance of jazz as an art form by establishing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in jazz. It is also one of the richest programs of its kind, thanks to systematic and rigorous conservatory training combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City. In addition to a variety of small combos, student ensembles include the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Philharmonic, and Chamber Jazz Orchestra. Under the leadership of longtime faculty member and eminent jazz artist-and-educator Justin DiCioccio, the program strives to produce students who perform, compose, and teach with equal facility and passion.

Justin DiCioccio, Associate Dean/Chair
Chris Rosenberg, Manager of Jazz Arts Administration
Stephanie Crease, Senior Coordinator
Andrew Neesley, Assistant Coordinator


Founded as a settlement music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its more than 950 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from 60 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula. The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing postgraduate studies.

Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.