On Tuesday, December 4th, RALPHPUCCIhosts its 2nd Annual Jazz Set, “Conversations with Christian,”an intimateevening of jazz, conversation, art and mannequins. The evening will benefit JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, a nationally recognized nonprofit music education organization with a mission to transform young lives through music, mentoring,education and apprenticeship. The event is co-sponsored by CallisonRTKL and DEDAR Milano.
The benefit will be led by renowned bassist and five-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE in an intimate concert + conversation withinternationally-celebrated bassist, singer and educator, ESPERANZA SPALDING. The two jazz superstars will riff and rap about what inspires, delights and excites. The evening will also feature emerging musicians from the renowned JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ jazz education program in Montclair, New Jersey.
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS provides access to music education with more than 1,000 hours of annual classroom instruction in underserved school districts, and offers 20 instrumental and vocal jazz classes at the Jazz House for ages two through adult. The organization also places instruments in the hands of young people who want to play but can’t afford instruments. Since 2002, more than 50,000 students have participated in JAZZ HOUSE KiDS music education programs in the schools, at the JAZZ HOUSE and have performed for more than half a million people in the community. With an emphasis on access and inclusion for all young people, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS provides more than 40% of its student body with tuition assistance to see its mission flourish.