FROM THE [home desk] OF OUR PRESiDENT & FOUNDER
Dear friends and families,
Welcome to On the Sunny Side of the Street!
This is our weekly newsletter where we take a look at what we’ve been doing to help our community stay connected, creative and uplifted. Since March, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has brought programming to more than 260,000 students and jazz fans. We love it!
This has not been a summer for hanging out at the beach for our JAZZ HOUSE KiDS team. Although, I am tooling around town on my Vespa. Be nice to us scooter riders on the road! While our programs are all online for now, we are changing things up with our new JAZZ HOUSE Summer Experience and gearing up for a special 2020 MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST: A Season of Jazz (stay tuned for more news). We never stop swinging!
Here’s how our summer is shaping up:
- Weekday mornings JAZZ in JULY directed by TED CHUBB
- Tuesdays @ Noon MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST LunchTime Live concerts. Next week features drummer VINCE ECTOR
- Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm Summer Evening Masterclass Series curated by MARKUS GOTTSCHLICH. Next week features the great composer MARIA SCHNEIDER
- NEW! Thursdays @ 1:00 pm, MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST LunchTime Rebroadcasts
- Fridays @ 8:00 pm Hang @ Home Listening Party
In true JAZZ HOUSE KiDS fashion, creativity is never in short supply with our team and I trust you will agree that the results are exciting and the learning continues.
JOIN US TONIGHT! Settling the Score – Meet the Composers
Hang @ Home Listening Party
with Christian McBride + Melissa Walker
Friday, July 24 | 8:00 pm ET
Zoom or Facebook
Before a song can be played and the story told, it first must be conceived and created. Tonight, Christian and I are welcome into our home three extraordinary jazz composers to the Hang @ Home Listening Party:
- BILLY CHILDS one of the greatest composers of our time, bar none
- HELEN SUNG known to fuse facets of her deep classical experience with jazz to an always surprising delight
- OSCAR PEREZ, our longstanding faculty member filters his music through his rich Cuban roots for a wonderful cultural confluence
All three are incredibly gifted pianists and are expanding the cannon of jazz through composition. We sit down with these artists, all at different stages of their careers, to discover the process of creating a song and listening to compositions that inspire them.
I want to THANK three of my favorite vocalists for a wonderful evening last week for Part IV of The Singer and the Song: JAZZMEIA HORN, CYRILLE AIMEE, and vocal faculty member DYLAN PRAMUK. Keep your ears tuned in to their exciting careers.
Mark your calendars for Friday, July 31 when we swing into the world of the jazz organ. All I can say is hold onto your hat and batten down the hatches!!! We welcome to the Listening Party the one and only JOEY DeFRANCESCO, JAZZ HOUSE alum and rising star MATTHEW WHITAKER and our faculty member and master organist RADAM SCHWARTZ! Hammond B3 fans won’t want to miss this one!
Stay safe, soak up some sunshine and mask up (seriously we can do this)!
TONIGHT! HANG @ HOME LISTENING PARTY
JOiN US for our HANG @ HOME LISTENING PARTY hosted by CHRISTIAN McBRIDE + MELISSA WALKER.
SETTLING THE SCORE: JAZZ COMPOSITION
A panel of leading jazz composers discuss the songs, compositions, and works that have inspired their unique and individual voices.
HELEN SUNG * BILLY CHILDS * OSCAR PEREZ
TWO WAYS TO JOiN THE PARTY!
The first 100 folks to sign up on ZOOM will participate directly with the hosts and panelists. Register in advance! ZOOM LINK. Please add your name + city when you register, so Christian can call you out during the Q&A. You’ll get a confirmation by email and we’ll see you at the party! ZOOM Doors open Friday, May 8 at 7:45 pm; Showtime 8:00 pm ET
Hop onto Facebook Live
Share your comments with our listening audience
Throughout the evening you’ll have an opportunity to add to our virtual “Tip Jar.” Any donation, no matter how big or small can make a difference to support and the continuation of this very special organization that is having an impact on the global stage and in the lives of young people each and every day of the week.
100% of the proceeds to benefit the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Relief Fund. Help us provide direct support for our families hardest hit by the pandemic and to provide online gigs and teaching opportunities for our awesome faculty. If you’re in a position to help, we could really use your support right now to help keep the JAZZ HOUSE swingin’! Check us out here.
JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Meet Carly, one of our CHiCA Power students currently enrolled in our JAZZ in JULY program this summer. We love that she has challenged herself musically, so instead of playing saxophone, her primary instrument, she challenges herself on the bassoon, playing “Grandfather’s Waltz.” Enjoy!
WEDNESDAYS WITH THE MASTERS! JAZZ HOUSE KiDS MASTERCLASS SERIES
NEA Jazz Master and 12-time GRAMMY Award winner MARIA SCHNEIDER conducts part II of her masterclass looking at the inner workings of several of her compositions. A rare opportunity to learn from a true master! Open to all ages and levels from across the globe!
Open to all ages and levels from across the globe!
Check out the entire Summer Masterclass series here!
JAZZ IN JULY
Our second week of JAZZ in JULY is in the books! More than 80 students from across the globe are logging on, learning and connecting. Each morning starts with our “Jazz & Eggs” session to go over the daily schedule and learn as a group. Then students and faculty break into individualized schedules — technique sessions for brass, saxophone, drums, piano, guitar, and voice; improv; film scoring; composition; production + recording; and virtual bands.
According to TED CHUBB, director of Summer Programming, 50 percent of JAZZ in JULY students are brand new to the organization. “I’ve been impressed by the high energy of all our students. They are eager to learn and fully engaged with their peers and teachers, ready to conquer online learning,” he said. “It feels very similar to the excitement of our in-person JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop.”
Every day at noon, all students and faculty come together for a special masterclass and Q&A. Our own 6-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist CHRISTIAN McBRIDE welcomed special guests NEA Jazz Master and piano legend KENNY BARRON, jazz historian ASHLEY KHAN, and acclaimed saxophonist CHRIS POTTER.
Last Thursday, the JAZZ HOUSE Collective, our talented teaching artists in concert directed by NATHAN EKLUND, performed a live socially-distance concert for our students and streamed on social media for our families and friends. Mark your calendars! As part of the 2020 MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, the Collective will be back with a new set on Thursday, August 6th at noon live on Facebook!
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS would like to thank our JAZZ in JULY program supporters: The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund; Gia Maione Prima Foundation, ShopRite of Newark and Bloomfield; Verizon Foundation; and our many other generous individual supporters.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS SUMMER EXPERIENCE!
Friday, July 24 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
SETTLING THE SCORE: JAZZ COMPOSITION
A panel of leading jazz composers discuss the songs, compositions, and works that have inspired their unique and individual voices. Special guests: BILLY CHILDS * HELEN SUNG * OSCAR PEREZ
Tuesday, July 28 @ 12:00 pm ET
Jazz House Lunchtime Live!
Featuring Vince Ector
Connect with us every Tuesday at noon for our JAZZ HOUSE Lunchtime LIVE! Each week we will feature one of our talented teaching artists or friends in performance live on the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Facebook page.
NEW! LUNCHTIME LIVE REBROADCASTS
Thursday, July 30 at 1:00 pm ET
the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL presents LUNCHTIME REBROADCASTS on our social media platforms — YouTube, Facebook and website. First up is CANDICE REYES and ABEL MIRELES
Friday, July 31 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
ZOOM or FACEBOOK LiVE
Through July 30
ADULT SUMMER CLASSES
Through August 7
JAZZ IN JULY!
Registration + Info
NEW MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT!
Thursday, August 6 @ NOON ET
As part of our JAZZ IN JULY Summer Programming, MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL presents:
JAZZ HOUSE COLLECTIVE LUNCHTIME JAM SESSION
live on FACEBOOK
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SIGNATURE SUPPORTERS!
- Appaloosa Management Charitable Foundation Inc
- ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund
- Coastal Community Foundation of
- Cool Wind Ventilation Corp
- Devils Care Foundation
- E.J. Grassmann Trust
- The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
- Holly English and Fred Smagorinsky
- Gia Maione Prima Foundation
- The Hearst Foundation
- The Herb Alpert Foundation
- Hudson Media, Inc.
- Hyde and Watson Foundation
- J.T. Magen & Company
- Susan and Chris Gifford
- Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund
- Manhattan Mechanical Contractors
- New Jersey State Council on
- National Endowment for the Arts
- PSEG Foundation
- Ralph Pucci International
- The Peter Kiernan and Eaddo Kiernan Foundation
- Nerissa Radell and Russell Gioiella
- Rita and Terry Woodard
- Mikhail and Sofia Segal
- Janet Shapiro and Phillip Byrd
- Silver Family Foundation
- Sandra Smith
- TD Charitable Foundation
- Turrell Fund
- Verizon Foundation
- The Victoria Foundation
- York Capital Managemen
- and many other generous donors…
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
~ Charles Mingus