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.
Tonight, Christian and I are back in our hosting chairs for our Hang @ Home Listening Party, this time continuing with Part IV of our series “The Singer and the Song.” Our special guests JAZZMEIA HORN, CYRILLE AIMEE, and vocal faculty member DYLAN PRAMUK will share stories and riff about their favorite voices in jazz — what songs shaped their careers and who continues to inspire them on and off the bandstand.
Hang @ Home Listening Party — The Singer and the Song Part IV
with Christian McBride + Melissa Walker
Friday, July 17 | 8:00 pm ET
Zoom or Facebook
Last week we had a powerful listening party on FREEDOM MUSIC, and explored its rich tapestry and history. Thank you to our special guests, TERRY LYNE CARRINGTON, GARY BARTZ and VIJAY IYER. This was the first conversation in a multi-part series exploring this important topic.
For next week’s Hang @ Home Listening Party, Christian and I welcome three talented composers, BILLY CHILDS, HELEN SUNG and OSCAR PEREZ for a topic we are calling, “Settling the Score,” to discuss the songs, compositions and works that have inspired their unique and individual voices. Don’t miss it!
Playing Through the Changes – We Thank You!
Good news! Thanks to 51 individual and corporate donors lending a hand, we met our Herb Alpert Foundation challenge grant. We are also thrilled to announce that JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has been awarded a CARES ACT grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The JAZZ HOUSE is one of only 17 nonprofit art organizations in the State of New Jersey to be awarded this grant…we are most grateful.
“Arts and culture are a key component of the U.S. economy that contribute $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017 and employ over 5 million wage-and-salary workers who collectively earned $405 billion. This funding will help support those jobs and those nonprofit organizations during this time of great need so that arts and culture will persevere as a significant contributor to the American economy.” NEA Press Release
We are humbled by the 268 people that contributed to the ongoing JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Relief Fund.
100% of funds raised will support our music education and performance programs, keeping our students engaged, our faculty working, and ensuring we can continue to serve as a source of learning, connection, and inspiration. Every gift no matter how small, helps this organization play through the changes. We are greatly appreciative to you for helping us continue to serve as an instrument for change and share the spirit of jazz.
Stay safe, and let’s do our part by wearing our masks and social distancing to help us all keep healthy.
P.S. 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 a great summer…hope to see a lot of you!
TONIGHT! HANG @ HOME LISTENING PARTY
JOiN US for our HANG @ HOME LISTENING PARTY hosted by CHRISTIAN McBRIDE + MELISSA WALKER.
THE SINGER & THE SONG
In part IV of our vocal series, our guests will share stories and riff about their favorite voices in jazz — what songs shaped their careers and who continues to inspire them on and off the bandstand.
Cyrille Aimée * Jazzmeia Horn * Dylan Pramuk
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.
100% of the proceeds to benefit the JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Relief Fund. 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’! Check us out here.
…AND WE’RE OFF! JAZZ IN JULY
Welcome to the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Experience!
This week, we kicked off our new online summer intensive experience, JAZZ in JULY, and welcomed more than 80 students from across the globe:
- Eight states — New Mexico, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas, and New Jersey
- Seven countries — the Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Brazil, Malawi, Mexico, Latvia, and Australia
- four continents!
We kick off each morning with our “Jazz & Eggs” session, then students and faculty break into individualized schedules — technique sessions for brass, saxophone, drums, piano, guitar, and voice; improv; film scoring; composition; production + recording; and virtual bands.
Every day at noon, all students and faculty come together again for a special masterclass or concert. On Tuesday, our own 6-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE led a masterclass with NEA Jazz Master, piano legend KENNY BARRON. The two jazz masters talked about about Barron’s illustrious career as a leader and sideman, then opened it up for questions and comments from students.
WEDNESDAYS WITH THE MASTERS! JAZZ HOUSE KiDS MASTERCLASS SERIES
Next up on July 22nd is another great masterclass led by SEAN JONES, one of the most heralded voice of the jazz trumpet and internationally recognized educator who recently was named the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute. Participants in this week’s masterclass gave it rave reviews and he’ll be covering all new material for next week’s session. A real treat for trumpet and all brass players!
Sean Jones Masterclass
July 22, 7:00 pm ET
Open to all ages and levels from across the globe!
Check out the entire Summer Masterclass series here!
JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Dee Dee Bridgewater – “Playing Through the Changes”
In a nod to this Friday’s Hang @ Home Listening Party celebrating the SINGER AND THE SONG, here’s a highlight of the 2017 MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL when the great DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER performed with our JAZZ HOUSE Big Band. This highlights our student vocalist Claudia Nkeitia, who is now studying at Berklee College of Music. Claudia is also part of the JAZZ HOUSE Alumni Super Band, which premiered at our “Playing Through the Changes” Benefit Concert on June 19th to support the JAZZ HOUSE Relief Fund. Enjoy!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS SUMMER EXPERIENCE!
Friday, July 17 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
PART IV: THE SINGER + THE SONG
ZOOM or FACEBOOK LiVE
Tuesday, July 21 @ 12:00 pm ET
Jazz House Lunchtime Live!
Featuring KELLY GREEN on piano!
Connect with us every Tuesday at noon for our 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.
A big thank you to our alums, bassist Destiny Diggs accompanied by Filip Vizitiu on trumpet, Adam Wacks on drums and Derick Campos on guitar for a great LunchTime Live this week!
NEW! LUNCHTIME LIVE REBROADCASTS
Thursday, July 23 at 1:00 pm ET
the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL presents LUNCHTIME REBROADCASTS on our social media platforms — YouTube, Facebook and website. First up is CANDICE REYES and ABEL MIRELES
Friday, July 24 @ 8:00 pm ET
Hang @ Home Listening Party
Special guests: BILLY CHILDS * HELEN SUNG * OSCAR PEREZ
ZOOM or FACEBOOK LiVE
Through July 30
ADULT SUMMER CLASSES
Through August 7
JAZZ IN JULY!
Registration + Info
NEW MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT!
Thursday, August 6 @ NOON ET
As part of our JAZZ IN JULY Summer Programming, MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL presents:
JAZZ HOUSE COLLECTIVE LUNCHTIME JAM SESSION
live on FACEBOOK
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…
“I never called myself a jazz singer. I just call myself a vocalist because I love to sing all kinds of things.”
~ Dianne Reeves