FROM THE [home desk] OF OUR PRESiDENT & FOUNDER
Dear Friends and Families,
Welcome back to On the Sunny Side of the Street!
We took a few weeks off bringing you the newsletter leading up last Friday night’s virtual “Playing Through the Changes Benefit Concert.” We are grateful for the many supporters who are lending a hand at this critical time. We also thank the many hands that worked to make the spectacular concert possible and the artists who make our days sunny!
More than 19,000 people from around the world watched online! The uplifting benefit concert, hosted by NBC News anchor, Lester Holt and curated by our very own Christian McBride, kicked off the JAZZ HOUSE Relief Fund created to address our urgent financial need in the wake of COVID-19 and alleviate the risk it poses to our programmatic future.
For those who missed the the program last Friday, good news!
“PLAYING THROUGH THE CHANGES”
Special opening remarks from CHRISTIAN McBRIDE and MELISSA WALKER
Friday, June 26 @8:00 PM ET
Streaming on JAZZHOUSEKIDS.ORG, YouTube + Facebook
Please consider donating to the
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS RELIEF FUND
In addition to our wonderful and talented current and former students, the evening featured live appearances and exceptional moments from the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS archives with more than 20 musical greats in concert and conversation who returned to the JAZZ HOUSE to lend their support.
Some of the most touching moments included a stirring performance from Dianne Reeves singing from her home in Colorado, Eddie Palmieri playing for us from home, David Sanborn remembering his friend the one and only Al Jarreau and passionate remarks from Diana Krall who played with JAZZ HOUSE students at an event earlier in the year and spectacular segments showcasing young talent currently in training. Playing Through the Changes told the story of how young people come into the JAZZ HOUSE as early as seven years old and their lives are shaped on and off the bandstand through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship. With help from our extraordinary faculty and the lasting friendships that are made, we see our young people go to college, keep filling the world with music and them come back to “play it forward” with younger generations.
It was extremely fitting that the opening and closing musical selection of the “Playing Through the Changes” Benefit Concert was the instrumental and vocal debut of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” by the 75-member strong JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Alumni Super Band, under the direction of trumpeter, Nathan Eklund and arranged by Eklund, and veteran faculty members, Ed Palermo and Dylan Pramuk. What a technological and musical feat! You all make us SO proud!
Again, I’d like to thank our early JAZZ HOUSE KiDS RELIEF FUND supporters led by Neal Lazar of Manhattan Mechanical and TD Bank. We are grateful to all the people who were inspired by the mission of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS.
We know the road back to good health will be long, but with your support, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS will serve as an instrument for change and share the spirit of jazz with everyone we meet for another 18 years and more! Every amount, no matter how small, helps this organization play through the changes. To donate, visit us here.
Enjoy the warm summer weather and get outdoors — safely!
If you missed last Friday’s “Playing Through the Changes” Benefit Concert, I highly recommend you watch it in its entirety. Please join us tomorrow night at 8:00 pm for our rebroadcast with some opening remarks from Christian and me. Enjoy!
JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS ALUMNI SUPER BAND
“Playing Through the Changes” Benefit Concert featured the incredible instrumental and vocal performance of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” by the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Alumni Band, under the direction of trumpeter, Nathan Eklund and arranged by Eklund, and veteran faculty members, Ed Palermo and Dylan Pramuk. Top five favorite moment! Enjoy!
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS ALUMNI BAND, “Playing Through the Changes Benefit Concert”.
NEW! WEDNESDAYS WITH THE MASTERS! JAZZ HOUSE KiDS MASTERCLASS SERIES
SUMMER PROGRAMMING UPDATE
JAZZ IN JUNE (June 1 – 25, 2020)
Production + recording! Composers workshop! The piano shed! Getting the gig! This is the last week of JAZZ IN JUNE, and students and instructors all gave the online learning experience high marks!
“I had in your piano jazz group class! It was unfortunate that yesterday was the last time. You did an amazing job organizing the class and you taught very well! I am so grateful to have been a part of it. Thank you very much for this WONDERFUL opportunity.”
Jazz in June – The Piano Shed directed by Markus Gottschlich
JAZZ IN JULY (July 13 – August 7, 2020)
MONDAYS – THURSDAYS + SPECIAL PROGRAMS ON FRIDAYS
There’s just a few slots left, so if you’ve been dragging your feet, please register now!
For more information on our summer programming, reach out to our student services manager, Daniela Gonzalez.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Friday, June 26 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
Rebroadcast: PLAYING THROUGH THE CHANGES Benefit Concert
JULY + AUGUST
JUNE 24 – AUGUST 12
NEW MASTERCLASS SERIES! WEDNESDAYS WITH THE MASTERS!
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EARLY SUPPORTERS OF THE JAZZ HOUSE KiDS RELIEF FUND!
(as of June 19, 2020)
- HOLLY ENGLISH + FRED SMAGORINSKY
- SUSAN + CHRIS GIFFORD
- SOFIA + MIKE SEGAL
- JANET SHAPIRO + PHIL BYRD
- RITA + TERRY WOODARD
- LESLIE + JIM BOLIN
- THALLA-MARIE + HEETEN CHOXI
- LAURE + DAVID PARK
- TAMI + CHARLIE SAMPLE
- CHRISTINA + DON SAVOY
- SANDY SMITH
- KATHERINE FRANKE
- DUNPHY FAMILY FOUNDATION
- FAITH + GARY TAYLOR, IN MEMORY OF MICHIKO GORE
- BENZEL-BUSCH MOTOR CAR
- VALERIE BLOCK + ALEXIS ROMAY
- JAMES C. BROWN
- FRANK DOKA
- MARY JEAN POTENZONE, IN MEMORY OF SERGEANT CHARLES “ROB” ROBERTS
- ROSEANN + ALAN SHAIMAN
- DR. JIM GALLAGHER
- JRD ELECTRIC + JIMMY CALDERONE
- MARGARETHE + MARK LAURENZI
- SUSAN LEON + MICHAEL O’CONNOR
- LUCAS CONSULTING GROUP
- LISA LORELLI
- DAVID NEIBART
- MICHAEL RAGAN
- PAULA STEINBERG
- CECILE SUTHERLAND
- TECHNO ACOUSTICS HOLDINGS, LLC
- MYRON WALDON + AMY KNAPP
- ANTHONY CURRIE
- SUZZANNE DOUGLAS + JON COBB, IN MEMORY OF CLAUDIO RODITI
- DEBRA DEMARTINI
- BRUCE + BARBARA EKLUND
- PATRICK FASUSI, MD
- LYNN + BRUCE HECKMAN, MD
- RENEE + MICHAEL AL-SARRAF BROWN
- JOHN WESLEY HOUSE, JPTG PROPERTIES LLC
- KEA ENGINEERS
- MARCIA MARLEY + PETER RAPPOPORT
- LORNA MCDONALD
- ANDREA MONTALBANO + DIRON JEBEJIAN
- JOHN PIZZARELLI
- MARTIN SHERLOCK
- NICK SALEEM
- STANLEY SPALDING
- TED STEPHENS
- LINDA + BRIAN STERLING
- MARIA L. VECCHIONE, WEST OF HUDSON REAL ESTATE
- RADIKA + STEVEN WEDDLER
- HILARY APICELLA
- SABRINA ERNSTS
- IVOR ALLEYNE
- KELLY BAILEY
- JEAN CAMPBELL + PATRICK MORRISSY
- MONTY CERF + JULIE MICOU CERF
- JOSEPHINE CRESPO, IN HONOR OF NEAL LAZAR
- KAREN POINTER
- ALICE ANDRE-CLARK + BRIAN SILIKOVITZ
- DEE BAILY + JON HEINER
- GRACE-ANN BLAKE
- HEATHER CARTER
- DARLENE CHAN
- THE LILLIAN + LEONARD JACOBER FAMILY FOUNDATION
- STEVEN MOUNT
- LIZ RIDAY + YVES OBADIA, IN MEMORY OF ELLIS MARSALIS
- ELLEN + KEN COLTON
- WENDY + JACK FINN
- THE KUO FAMILY
- THE LOONEYS
- CONOR BELL
- DAN MACKTA
- MARILYN + SEGUNDO PADILLA
- ANN RASMUSSEN + CHRIS CERF
- LYN ROSENSWEIG + BRUCE SCHNELWAR
- DEBORAH ROSS
- DR. SHIRLEY LEWIS
- BETH SIEGEL + SCOTT WEINER
- MICHAEL J. WACKS
- HOWARD WALKER
- HON. SAM D. WALKER
- MICHAEL COUGHLAN
- JOE MORRIS
- MICHAEL J> WACKS + PHYLLIS GREENBERG
“You can learn all the theory, and all the things you have need to express yourself and communicate, but to be able to, at the end of the night, to just play together, with the support of each other and feel joy — that is what JAZZ HOUSE KiDS does every day. So please join me and my fellow artists in supporting this gem of an organization.”
~ Diana Krall
“Playing Through the Changes” Benefit Concert, June 2020