FROM THE [home desk] OF OUR PRESiDENT & FOUNDER
Dear Friends and Families,
Welcome to On the Sunny Side of the Street! We hope this finds you well, and getting outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and explosion of color in yards and parks. On the Sunny Side of the Street is where we take a look at what we’ve been doing to help our community stay connected, creative and uplifted.
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Summer Experience is in full swing with our Hang @ Home Wednesday Summer Sessions with the Masters Series, JAZZ in JULY summer program for young people ages nine and up, an exciting adult summer class offering, our Friday Night Hang @ Home Listening Party and Tuesday’s Lunchtime Live MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Concert and Rebroadcast on Thursday. It’s going to be an exciting summer…hope to see a lot of you!
Tonight, Christian and I are back hosting our Hang @ Home Listening Party, this time focusing on the quest for liberty and justice in our society through jazz. With our esteemed panel of artists, tonight we will explore the rich tapestry of jazz protest music then and now and what it means to use one’s craft to tackle our greatest challenges and propel society forward. We invite you to the first conversation of this multi-part series exploring Freedom Music.
- GARY BARTZ, music is his sanctuary as bandleader, composer, activist in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements. In the early ’60s, he played with everyone from Charles Mingus, Max Roach and Abby Lincoln before joining Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and later, Miles Davis. Bartz’ incredible career has always been about moving forward and his musical intent is clear.
- ViJAY IYER, pianist, composer, bandleader, producer, and writer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. The New York Times describes him as “social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway.”
- TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, has forged an astounding career as a drummer, composer, singer, record producer, educator, and entrepreneur. Carrington is a leading voice for jazz, justice and gender. “Jazz’s birth as an African-American art form came into being as a way of expressing one’s self as a whole and authentic person.”
Hang @ Home Listening Party
with Christian McBride + Melissa Walker
Friday, July 10 | 8:00 pm ET
Zoom or Facebook
I want to re-share a position statement that Christian and I wrote on behalf of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS on Black Lives Matter a few weeks back. You can read it here.
Stay safe, and wear your mask to help us all keep healthy.
P.S. – We are so grateful to all who have donated to the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Relief Fund. As we start a new fiscal year, we thank you for helping us continue to serve as an instrument for change and share the spirit of jazz with everyone for so many. Every gift no matter how small, helps this organization play through the changes. To donate, visit our website here.
TONIGHT! HANG @ HOME LISTENING PARTY
YOU CAN HELP JAZZ HOUSE KiDS PLAY THROUGH THE CHANGES
JOiN US for our HANG @ HOME LISTENING PARTY, hosted by CHRISTIAN McBRIDE + MELISSA WALKER
We’ll take a deep dive with our esteemed artists into how they have used their craft to help propel society forward and the role songs of freedom have played to express protest and demand equality through the generations.
GARY BARTZ * TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON * VIJAY IYER
NEW! WEDNESDAYS WITH THE MASTERS!
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS MASTERCLASS SERIES
Next up on July 15th is another great masterclass led by Cuban-American GRAMMY Award-winning drummer, composer, bandleader and educator, DAFNIS PRIETO. Participants in this week’s masterclass gave it rave reviews and he’ll be covering all new material for next week’s session. A MUST for all drummers, percussionists and musicians interested in exploring a world of rhythmic possibilities!
JAZZ MASTERS SERIES!
Open to all ages and levels from across the globe!
All classes held from 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Diana Krall – JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Playing Through the Changes Benefit Concert
One of the most celebrated voices and pianists of our time, DIANA KRALL holds a special place in the collective heart of of the JAZZ HOUSE. Earlier this year, she joined us at our 4th Annual Jazz Set, “The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian McBride,” an intimate evening of music and conversation hosted by RALPH PUCCI International. This clip is from our recent benefit, “Playing Through the Changes.” Take a listen to her thoughts on the importance of mentors and teachers,”something JAZZ HOUSE KiDS does for students every day.”
SUMMER PROGRAMMING UPDATE
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, July 10 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
Songs of Protest
JULY + AUGUST
NEW! FACULTY JAM SESSION!
As part of our JAZZ IN JULY Summer Programming, MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL presents two JAZZ HOUSE COLLECTIVE LUNCHTIME JAM SESSIONS live on FACEBOOK!
Thursday, July 16 + Thursday, August 6 at NOON ET
Tune in on FACEBOOK, MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL PAGE, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS PAGE
JULY 15 – 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
“It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times.”
~ Nina Simone