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Ethan Iverson joins New England Conservatory faculty / Boston Globe

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The New England Conservatory has put another feather in its cap, adding pianist Ethan Iverson - best known for his work with The Bad Plus - to its faculty. Iverson will begin teaching in the school's Jazz Studies department in the fall. "I've been a big fan of Ethan Iverson for many years, not only because of his incredible playing with Bad Plus and others, but also because of his probing and insightful blog, ‘Do the Math.' I'm thrilled to have him joining us at NEC," Ken Schaphorst, chair of NEC's Jazz Studies department, said. For his part, Iverson said teaching is something he's been thinking about increasingly. "After visiting NEC recently I was impressed with the level of students and the general commitment to searching out creative music," he said. The Bad Plus, a wildly talented collective that includes Iverson, Reid Anderson, and David King, combines avant-garde jazz with rock and pop. In addition to its own compositions, the band has recorded mesmerizing covers of songs by the likes of Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Ornette Coleman, the Pixies, and Tears for Fears.

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