On The Sunny Side of The Street

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FROM THE [home desk] OF OUR PRESiDENT & FOUNDER

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Dear friends and families,

Welcome to this week’s On the Sunny Side of the Street Vol. 5!

This newsletter brings you a look at what we’ve been doing to stay connected, creative and uplifted. Are you finding that each week has its own rhythm and special surprises? We are! Every event, no matter how epic the scale, brings with it an opportunity to redefine, reconnect and a call to innovate: a silver lining, if you will. Silver is believed to be a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us. As a gemstone, silver represents hope, tenderness, sensitivity, unconditional love, and kindness among other things.

Last Saturday, so many of these qualities that we rely on came to the forefront. We hosted our first JAZZ HOUSE Alumni Roundtable with close to 50 of our alums reconnecting and sharing how they are handling this period of social distancing. I now have a long list of good movies, books and recording recommendations to check out! We laughed so hard with the many stories that were shared about their favorite moments at the JAZZ HOUSE and with each other.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS alumni round table
The genesis of the idea came from our alum Zach Adelman who is currently in a Masters program at Juilliard. Zach invited alum Emily Springer to be his co-chair and they formed JAZZ HOUSE Alumni Steering Committee to personally reach out to all of the classes of alums and invite them to attend. During our Zoom roundtable, we acknowledged the personal loss hitting the so many in the jazz community and the isolation we all are feeling. Many alums wanted to take action, and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS never shies away from great ideas! Together we started to craft how to make it happen and what they wanted to achieve. The first initiative is in the works — Stay tuned for the JAZZ HOUSE Alumni-hosted Porch Party on International Jazz Day, April 30th!

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS alumni round table

We have a great weekend of music in store for you, but first I want to thank last week’s Hang @ Home guests, STEVE WILSON, BRUCE WILLIAMS, LAUREN SEVIAN and RON BLAKE. Tomorrow night at 8:00 pm EST on Zoom or Facebook Live, I am hosting Part 2 of the Singer and the Song, this time focusing on male singers with my esteemed panelists, Will Downing, Kurt Elling and newcomer Vuyo Sotache. More info below..Tune in!

This Sunday, April 26 we will re-broadcasting the Part I of the Singer and Song with the dynamic duo of DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER and CECILE McLORLIN SALVANT. Tune in on our website at 4:00 pm EST.

Here’s to sunnier days ahead,

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P.S. We thank all of our contributors who are able to lend their support at this time and help us meet the Herb Alpert Foundation Challenge, which will match new or increased donations to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS…please join us![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css=”.vc_custom_1585241015700{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587672531259{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #1660a1 !important;}”]

JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587672947143{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Meet Nathan Farrell, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS alum and current junior at Columbia University. Like all of us, he’s hanging at home. In addition to his online school work studying sustainable development, he’s using his time to collaborate with musicians, and get deep into the music of masters from all instruments and genres. Nathan came to the JAZZ HOUSE s a 10-year-old wanting to develop some jazz chops on the saxophone.

“I developed a foundation as a young musician, got to experience and see so many of the benefits jazz can bring to communities around the world, and met a lot of people I might know for the rest of my life. I am very grateful to not be too far, come back to the festival each summer, and be able to continue developing connections that began in JAZZ HOUSE rehearsal rooms!”

As he puts together his game plan, he certainly hopes the future will hold as much performing, composing, and recording as possible — a higher degree in jazz could be a viable next step![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKLH4rd63j4&feature=youtu.be” el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587672989453{padding-top: 10px !important;}”]

Hang @ Home Spotlights – Nathan Farrell Sings Cole Porter

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Check This Out!

George Buccino's Big BandWe are proud to share JAZZ HOUSE KiDS student, George Buccino’s big band arrangement of “Lupin III” (from the cartoon), which was created during this time of “hanging at home”. Link

He really did an amazing job showcasing his writing ability and overall musicality!

Current Jazz House students are invited to participate in this ongoing contest so send us your composition or contrafact based on Charlie Parker tunes and we will continue to select and feature student’s compositions and arrangements that are conceived during these challenging times. Good Luck![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css=”.vc_custom_1585240991886{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587672542747{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #1660a1 !important;}”]

WHAT’S HAPPENING @ THE JAZZ HOUSE

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Wednesday’s “Hang @ Home” Student Masterclasses!

This week’s masterclasses featured Kelly Green and Alvester Garnett!

Kelly Green

Piano Masterclass with KELLY GREEN

Open to non-JAZZ HOUSE students!

KELLY GREEN leads an Intro to Jazz Piano Masterclass for non-pianists and beginning jazz pianists. The piano is often used as a tool by all vocalists and instrumentalists for song learning, composing, and arranging. In this masterclass Kelly focused on voicing and chord structures essential to jazz piano, tune learning, and composition.

About Kelly Green
Kelly, a JAZZ HOUSE KiDS teaching artist, has been singing since she could speak, began piano lessons at age seven, and fell in love with jazz at age 11. She earned her BA from the University of North Florida and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from William Paterson University. Kelly has performed at many different venues in the tri-state area and loves to compose, teach, and learn. She hopes to inspire future generations to continue the jazz legacy.

Drummer Alvester Garnett
Alvester Garnett

Drum Masterclass
with ALVESTER GARNETT

Open to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS current & former students

Tonight, the talented, versatile and renowned drummer and instructor at the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop, ALVESTER GARNETT led his fourth installment of his popular drum masterclass series. Alvester has performed with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Regina Carter, Clark Terry, Pharoah Sanders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Charenee Wade, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Rodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others.

We are busy planning some exciting summer online programs for our community, both here in NJ, and available to all of our friends worldwide.

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FRIDAY NIGHT LISTENING PARTIES: HANG @ HOME

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JOiN US! for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ Friday Night Listening Party

Hang @ Home with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE + MELISSA WALKER

PART TWO: The SINGER and the SONG

Featuring: KURT  ELLING  *  WILL DOWNING  *  VUYO SOTASHE

Date: Friday, April 24, 2020

Time: 8:00 pm EST
Zoom “Doors” open at 7:45 pm

Where: Sign up on Zoom or join us on Facebook LIVE

JAZZ HOUSE founder and jazz vocalist MELISSA WALKER sits down with three outstanding vocalists of our time who have forged a path that continues the great tradition of the male singer. Hear them riff about what inspires them and how they hone their craft. Multi-award winner KURT ELLING weaves superb improve and swing with poetic elegance into each performance. The Prince of Soul joins us, none other than WILL DOWNING, one of the most versatile and beloved voices of our time. As is the tradition in jazz, we welcome to the “stage” a phenomenal young vocalist from South Africa, VUYO SOTASHE who is making his mark and now a rising star in New York City.

Together they know how to take care of “the song” and make it their own. Our Artistic Director and jazz ambassador, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE will help kick things off.

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HELP PROTECT JAZZ HOUSE KiDS FUTURE
PLEASE GIVE TO THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND TODAY!

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.
Thanks to the HERB ALPERT FOUNDATION, every dollar you donate will be matched up to $100,000!  Your voice can be amplified and help JAZZ HOUSE KIDS bridge the gap in lost funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s how to help:

  1. Venmo @jazzhousekids
  2. On our website
  3. Go Fund Me
We thank you, and our students thank you, for your support at this important time!

TWO WAYS TO JOiN THE PARTY!  

VIA ZOOM:

  • The first 100 folks to sign up on ZOOM will participate directly with Christian and the 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, April 24 at 7:45 pm; Showtime 8:00 pm EST

VIA FACEBOOK: 

  • Hop onto Facebook LIVE
  • Share your comments with our listening audience

Proceeds to Benefit:

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is one of the most respected jazz education programs in the country.  We use the power of jazz to help young people (ages 8-18) learn to blow their own horn, find their own voice and take their place on the stage called life. 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.

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LAST WEEK’S HANG @ HOME LISTENiNG PARTY RECAP!

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Last week we had that talk — SAX with a fantastic panel of accomplished musicians.  Thank you to our special guests, LAUREN SEVIAN, STEVE WILSON and BRUCE WILLIAMS for hanging with 5,000 viewers and our host CHRISTIAN McBRIDE!

Check out last Friday’s playlist here.  Or watch it again! Enjoy!

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JAZZ HOUSE SONG OF THE WEEK

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“On the Sunny Side of the Street”

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Louis Armstrong – Satchmo On The Sunny Side of The Street

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This week we feature the legendary voice that made “On the Sunny Side of the Street” an instant jazz classic when it was first recorded in the 1930s. The Louis Armstrong version was recorded in the key of C major, but it has been recorded in a range of keys. This is a scratchy old version, but we can see how this iconic singer worked it and worked hard doing it![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css=”.vc_custom_1585240991886{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1587672609274{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #1660a1 !important;}”]

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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APRIL

Friday, April 24
Hang @ Home Friday Night Listening Party:
Vocal Roundtable
8:00 pm

Friday, April 24
Deadline for NJ graduating seniors to submit their application for the James Moody Scholarship for New Jersey
More info

Thursday, April 30
Audition packet deadline for the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop and Fall Classes
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Sunday, April 25 @ 4:00 pm EST
Rebroadcast: Singer and the Song Part I

Listening Party episode 3 featuring: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Melissa WalkerEvery Sunday, we will re-broadcast on our website one of our Hang @ Home Listening Parties.  This Sunday, we run Part I of the Singer and Song with the dynamic duo of DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER and CECILE McLORLIN SALVANT with our very own MELISSA WALKER. The esteemed panelists explore the voices of Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Tuesday, April 28 @ NOON
Jazz House Lunchtime Live!
Tuesdays with Mike LeeConnect with us every Tuesday at noon for our new 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.

Mike Lee and the Family Band is first up next Tuesday, jamming in their basement studio. In addition to Mike on tenor saxophone and piano, this concert will feature Julian Lee on tenor saxophone and bass. Matt Lee on Drums, Jacquie Lee on violin and Rebecca Harris-Lee on violin. The concert will present jazz standards in different ensemble configurations, duo, trio, and quartet. Grab a sandwich or salad and enjoy some great jazz![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css=”.vc_custom_1585240991886{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585244958985{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SIGNATURE SUPPORTERS!

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  • Appaloosa Management Charitable Foundation Inc
  • ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund
  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
  • Cool Wind Ventilation Corp
  • Devils Care Foundation
  • E.J. Grassmann Trust
  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Gia Maione Prima Foundation
  • The Hearst Foundation
  • The Herb Alpert Foundation
  • Holly English and Fred Smagorinsky
  • Hudson Media, Inc.
  • Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • J.T. Magen & Company
  • Susan and Chris Gifford
  • Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund
  • Manhattan Mechanical Contractors

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  • The Peter Kiernan and Eaddo Kiernan Foundation
  • Mikhail and Sofia Segal
  • Nerissa Radell and Russell Gioiella
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • PSEG Foundation
  • Janet Shapiro and Phillip Byrd
  • Sandra Smith
  • Ralph Pucci International
  • Rita and Terry Woodard
  • Silver Family Foundation
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Turrell Fund
  • Verizon Foundation
  • The Victoria Foundation
  • York Capital Management

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“Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.”

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