FROM THE [home desk] OF OUR PRESiDENT & FOUNDER
Dear friends and families,
Welcome to this week’s On the Sunny Side of the Street Vol. 9! As we start the summer season, as always, we have an exciting look at what we’ve been doing to help our community stay connected, creative and uplifted.
We want to kick off this week’s newsletter with a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Artistic Director and my main squeeze CHRISTIAN McBRIDE – WE THANK YOU for all you do to keep us inspired, learning and swinging through the changes!
We are in concert Sunday, June 7th! Our faculty and students have been busy at the JAZZ HOUSE — really busy! While our classes has finished for the semester, we are planning our online Spring Student Showcase on Sunday, June 7th (1:00 – 3:00 pm ET) for all our families and friends. I’ve had an opportunity to preview some of the incredible ensemble performances — as always, these students and our instructors have made online learning work and have knock it out of the ball park!
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Relief Fund News! We are thrilled that our 2019 Spring Gala Master of Ceremonies, LESTER HOLT, anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Dateline NBC” will return to host our Friday, June 19th benefit concert, Playing Through the Changes, to support the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Relief Fund. Mr. Holt is a pretty great bassist too and we are thrilled and honored for his support and participation!
Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more announcements about the evening’s special guest jazz luminaries!
Let your voice be heard…Gifts of all sizes will make a difference to ensure that the doors to the JAZZ HOUSE keep swinging open. TO DONATE, visit our Relief Fund page. We thank you!
Summer is heating up – there is still time enroll! While this may not be our biggest beach summer, we encourage all to log on, listen, learn and play! We’re planning some awesome new online programs, with JAZZ IN JUNE kicking off next week! You’ll join students from around the world. Check out all the warm-weather offerings including our 1/2 day intensive JAZZ IN JULY, adult programming starting the week of June 8th and a new series of masterclasses starting in late June.
Enjoy your weekend and get outdoors — safely!
P.S. I wanted to personally invite you to tune in on June 19th at 7:30 PM ET for the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS PLAYING THROUGH THE CHANGES BENEFIT CONCERT! RSVP here and let us know you’ll be watching! We’ll send you a complimentary JAZZ HOUSE Hang @ Home Friday Night Listening Party Playlist to wash away the blues with jazz.
FRIDAY NIGHT LISTENING PARTIES: HANG @ HOME
YOU CAN HELP JAZZ HOUSE KiDS PLAY THROUGH THE CHANGES. JOiN JAZZ HOUSE KiDS tonight for our Friday Night Listening Party!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
Singing the praises of the drum.
Our favorite bassist CHRISTIAN McBRIDE leads a panel of the world’s pre-eminent drummers discuss the music and drummers that have inspired them to move and groove, and of course debate who swung the hardest! The birthday boy will do his best to keep the discourse civil. See you there and bring your favorite beverage!
FEATURING: CARL ALLEN * CINDY BLACKMAN * ERIC HARLAND
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.
Your gift = Double impact!
Your voice can be amplified and help JAZZ HOUSE KIDS bridge the gap in lost funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the HERB ALPERT FOUNDATION, every dollar you donate will be matched up to $100,000! Here’s how to help:
100% Proceeds to Benefit JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. 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’!
ALL NEW FOR SUMMER: ENROLL TODAY!
CALLING ALL INSTRUMENTAL + VOCAL STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE! THREE BRAND-NEW exciting online summer programs:
- 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.
- 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.
- ADULT SUMMER CLASSES (June 8 – July 30, 2020)
- INDIVIDUAL CLASSES MONDAYS – THURSDAYS
- All classes run 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM for eight weeks.
2020 Summer Program: BLUES + ROOTS with Kelly Green
For more information on our summer programming, reach out to our student services manager, Daniela Gonzalez.
JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
In tribute to our esteemed panel of drummers for this week’s Friday Night Listening Party, we present one of our rising stars, Matthew Lee. Matt comes a true JAZZ HOUSE KiDS family — his father, saxophonist Mike Lee is a long-time beloved instructor, his mom Rebecca Lee, is a talented violinist who has conducted masterclasses in our in-school programs, and his brother, Julian and sister, Jacquie, are former and current JAZZ HOUSE students, respectively. Matt will soon follow in his older brother’s footsteps at the Julliard School, entering as a freshman in the fall. Enjoy!
HANG @ HOME SPOTLIGHTS: Matthew Lee
LAST WEEK’S LISTENiNG PARTY!
Last week on our Piano Panel with host Christian McBride we caught up our a few of our pianists — George Cables, Aaron Diehl and Renee Rosnes reaching more than 8,000 jazz fans. Thanks for hanging with us!
Check out last Friday’s playlist ! Enjoy!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Friday, May 29 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
ZOOM or FACEBOOK LiVE
JUNE + JULY + AUGUST
June 1 – 25
JAZZ IN JUNE!
Registration + Info
Tuesday, June 5 @ 12:00 pm ET
Jazz House Lunchtime Live!
Featuring world-touring saxophonist, composer, producer and educator, JUSTIN JONES in Concert.
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.
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.
Friday, June 19 @ 7:30pm
Playing Through The Changes Virtual Event
July 13 – August 7
JAZZ IN JULY!
Registration + Info
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…
“Your confidence is what keeps people calling you for work.”
~ Jimmy Cobb