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,

Happy International Jazz Day and welcome to this week’s On the Sunny Side of the Street Vol. 6!

Each week we bring you a look at what we’ve been doing to stay connected, creative and uplifted.

International Jazz Day was started in UNESCO with Goodwill Ambassador HERBIE HANCOCK in 2011 to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people, as well as an educational tool. Due to the pandemic, today’s worldwide celebration, which Christian and I were set to attend, is being transitioned to a virtual format instead of taking place as previously planned in Cape Town, South Africa and other locations around the world. (Watch International Jazz Day Celebration at 3:00 pm ET today) . As we close Jazz Appreciation Month and mark International Jazz Day , I must take a moment to reflect upon all musicians in our community we tragically lost to COVID-19. We thank them for their music…may they Rest In Peace.

This Saturday, in honor of International Jazz Day , JAZZ HOUSE KiDS alums, students and friends will go out to their porches or stoops and lift up their voices and instruments to play for our neighbors. We want to celebrate all this music has given us, especially our young people who stand on the shoulders of the jazz greats who came before them to bring this music forward. We invite you to dust off that instrument and join us anytime between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 2 for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS first pop-up performance of Music for Your Neighbors Day. Have one of your family members post on social media, and if you tag #jazzhousekids, we’ll share them next week.
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NEW! Online Summer Programming – Registration Opened
For more than 17 years, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has delivered programming that engages and excites students, promotes harmony and collaboration and builds musicianship. This summer promises to be no different…it will just be brought to students online . We’ve created two fantastic programs — 8 weeks and more than 100 hours of online learning! Under the direction of TED CHUBB, our head of summer programming, we have built TWO NEW online programs that will engage students and build musicianship. Check out all the details below and on our website.

I’ll let Ted and his friend Christian give you an overview of this summer’s offering:[/vc_column_text][vc_video el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text]As we celebrate International Jazz Day (for the entire weekend!), I first want to thank our outstanding panelists at last Friday’s Hang @ Home Vocal part II Listening Party: WILL DOWNING, KURT ELLING and VUYO SOTACHE. I had such a great time hosting!

This Sunday, May 3rd at 4:00 pm ET on our live stream page, we will re-broadcast our Hang @ Home Listening Party, “Trumpet Talk” with an esteemed panel of horn players, MARCUS PRINTUP, FREDDIE HENDRIX, TED CHUBB and NATHAN EKLUND. Host CHRISTIAN McBRIDE leads a lively conversation with some outstanding music.

I can’t wait for tomorrow night’s Friday Night Hang @ Home Listening Party when seven of our super talented JAZZ HOUSE KiDS alums take over . Plan to be amazed at the ingenuity, talent and drive of the next generation of jazz musicians. “America’s home grown music” is in good hands. Catch it at 8:00 pm ET on Zoom or Facebook Live.

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_1588301661434{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Meet Mychal O’Connor, our talented JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop alum who recently relocated to beautiful Hawaii with his family. He is attending community college and still studies with his JAZZ HOUSE KiDS instructor, Radam Schwartz. Mychal is working on composing, and here’s his piece, Jumping for Joy. He also submitted this video to NPR’s Tiny Desk competition. Good luck Mychal![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/5I6WO81Ljfk” el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1588301733497{padding-top: 10px !important;}”]

Hang @ Home Spotlights – Michyl O’Connor

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SUMMER PROGRAMS – NOW ONLINE

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CALLING ALL INSTRUMENTAL + VOCAL STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE!

For more than 17 years, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has delivered programming that engages and excites students, promotes harmony and collaboration and builds musicianship. This summer promises to be no different!!

TWO BRAND-NEW exciting online summer programs:

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JAZZ IN JUNE (June 1 – 25, 2020)

INDIVIDUAL CLASSES MONDAYS – THURSDAYS
All classes held 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET

Write your first tune! Get your repertoire together! Each workshop session is designed to give students a jump in their musicianship on and off the bandstand. All classes run once a week for four weeks from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET.

Daily options :

  • Mondays
    1. Get ready to JAM! Repertoire + Jam Session Workshop +
    2. Get the gig! JAZZ HOUSE Emerging Musicians Workshop
  • Tuesdays
    1. The Piano Shed! “Louis Armstrong” Piano Intensive
  • Wednesdays
    1. Write Your Tunes! Young Composers Workshop
  • Thursdays
    1. Sing Out Loud! The Essential Singer Sessions
    2. NEW! Production + Recording: Produce + Record Your Own Music

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JAZZ IN JULY (July 13 – August 7, 2020)

MONDAYS – THURSDAYS + SPECIAL PROGRAMS ON FRIDAYS
Morning or Afternoon Sessions

Each day comprises of an in-depth musical focus giving students a deep dive into the technical aspects of their instrument, a chance to sharpen their improvisational tools, develop as a composer, and participate in a virtual big band.

Highlights include a noon-time masterclass with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, special guest artists, live-streamed concerts, and a weekly history/culture class.

Daily class focus:

  • Mondays
    • Instrumental technique & style study of the masters of your instrument
  • Tuesdays
    • Improvisation + theory, introduction to jazz piano for non-pianists
  • Wednesdays
    • Composition, Film Scoring, Music Production/Home Recording
  • Thursdays
    • Virtual Big Band – Learn to record your parts at home and have them layered to create a video recording of your ensemble that will last forever!
  • ADDED COOL HIGHLIGHTS
    • Guest artists, noon-time masterclasses, CHiCA Power sessions, Friday Night Listening Party Dinner Hangs, Family Dinner Showcase + private lessons

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WHAT’S HAPPENING @ THE JAZZ HOUSE

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Wednesday’s “Hang @ Home” Student Masterclasses!

This week’s masterclasses featured Christian McBride and Alvester Garnett!

Christian McBride

Rhythm Section Masterclass with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE

Open to non-JAZZ HOUSE students!

This week’s rotating masterclass was the led by our favorite master bassist, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE! The Rhythm Section Masterclass was from the perspective of the bass player. More than 60 instrumentalists from around the world participated.

About CHRISTIAN McBRIDE
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Artistic Chair CHRISTIAN McBRIDE has been one of the most important and omnipresent figures in the jazz world for more than 25 years. This six-time, GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, jazz educator and arts administrator has more than 350 recordings to his name. His credits are a veritable who’s who of the music industry. He hosts “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian,” a weekly multimedia show he hosts and produces on SiriusXM radio. His second radio show, “Jazz Night in America,” produced in collaboration with WBGO, NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, showcases outstanding live jazz from across the country. In 2017, George Wein selected McBride to become the new Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival. He serves as Artistic Director of the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL produced by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. His latest release on Mack Avenue, ” The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons” is culminating documentation of a richly inspired piece – lauding four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali.

Drummer 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.[/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_1587672554482{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #1660a1 !important;}”]

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

RISING STARS

Featuring JAZZ HOUSE KIDS ALUMNI: MATTHEW WHITAKER * ISAIAH THOMPSON * WALLACE RONEY * ZACH ADLEMAN * CLAUDIA NKETIA * ZOE OBADIA * JULIAN LEE

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Zoom “Doors” open at 7:45 pm
Where: Sign up on Zoom or join us on Facebook LIVE

Special Jazz House Alumni Edition

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is extremely proud of all of our alumni doing great things in the world, on and off the bandstand. This week we hear from a number of alums making it on the professional scene. We will hear what music inspires them, what they have been up to, and listen to them reminisce about their formative experiences at the JAZZ HOUSE.

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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, May 1 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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JAZZ HOUSE SONG OF THE WEEK

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“On the Sunny Side of the Street”

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Tony Bennett – 1991 – Prince Edward Theatre (Official)

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This week we feature the legendary voice of Tony Bennett, the 19 GRAMMY Award winner (including a Lifetime Achievement Award) and NEA Jazz Master who turns 96 in August. He is still recording, and, up until the the world-wide pandemic, touring. Long may he reign! [/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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MAY

Friday, May 1 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
RISING STARS
Featuring JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Alumni
ZOOM or FACEBOOK LiVE

Saturday, May 2 * 1:00 – 3:00 pm
FRONT PORCH FEST: MUSIC FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS DAY
In honor of International Jazz Day, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS presents, Music For Your Neighbors Day, a set time to get all our students, alums, faculty and friends on their own porches and stoops to celebrate this great music and play for our neighbors. (socially distant of course!) Share it on your social media and tag #jazzhousekids[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1588349787277{padding-top: 4% !important;padding-bottom: 4% !important;}”]Sunday, May 3 @ 4:00 pm ET
Rebroadcast: Trumpet Talk

Trumpet Talk Listening Party Sunday Re-Broadcast

Every Sunday, we will re-broadcast on our website one of our Hang @ Home Listening Parties. This Sunday, we re-watch together Trumpet Talk, where our faculty and friends get together to talk trumpet records, solos, musicians, and of course who could play the highest and fastest. Hosted by Christian McBride who kept everyone on their best behavior!

Tuesday, May 5 @ NOON
Jazz House Lunchtime Live!
Connect 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. Grab a sandwich or salad and enjoy some great jazz! Stay tuned on social media for our announcement of our artist next Tuesday.

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Hang @ Home Listening Party
ALL ABOUT THAT BASS
Zoom or Facebook Live!

JUNE + JULY + AUGUST

Sunday, June 7 @ 1:00 pm
Virtual Spring Semester Concert
End-of-semester showcase featuring all of our JAZZ HOUSE spring ensemble classes. Each group is currently preparing a selection that will be pre-recorded and mixed for the broadcast.

June 1 – 26
JAZZ IN JUNE!
Registration + Info

July 13 – August 7
JAZZ IN JULY!
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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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“Now more than ever before, let’s band together and spread the ethics of Jazz Day’s global movement around the planet and use this as a golden opportunity for humankind to reconnect especially in the midst of all this isolation and uncertainty.”

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