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,

Founder & President Melissa WalkerWelcome to this week’s On the Sunny Side of the Street! This is a place you can count on to lift your spirits and where you start to feel sunny when you sing the blues. We promise to inspire, delight and keep you informed.

We’ve had another incredible week of making music. Our team of dedicated and talented faculty and staff are an Instrument for Change each and every day. They have not skipped a beat and continue to amaze us with their innovations. In the last week alone, we produced over 30 hours of content reaching 175 students and more than 12,000 online music fans.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is thrilled to announce we have been awarded a first-time grant from the prestigious HERB ALPERT FOUNDATION!

Through the foundation, legendary trumpeter and A&M Records co-founder and National Medal of Arts recipient Herb Alpert and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, generously support organizations that promote compassion and creativity. The Foundation is especially committed to jazz education, and we could not be more honored by their support and recognition of our mission in action.

“The Herb Alpert Foundation envisions a world where all people are blessed with opportunities that allow them to reach their potential and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Built on a constantly evolving tradition, Jazz is a powerful form of musical expression that should be nurtured and supported for the benefit of future generations. Toward that goal, the Foundation aims to help educate children about the beauty of this uniquely American art form.”
– Herb Alpert Foundation

The Herb Alpert Foundation has pledged $100,000 as a dollar-for-dollar match for new or increased gifts to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. This is an unprecedented opportunity for us, especially at this time, and an ideal way for contributors to double their impact during our greatest time of need. I want to thank our many early donors for their generous contributions. Because of you, we have raised just over $50,000 toward meeting this challenge!

I have one simple request. Please make a gift if you can. You can help us literally be here tomorrow when the sun truly shines. To continue the conversation, please email me here.

On another note, it has been a tough week and the virus as come to the door of the JAZZ HOUSE community. I can’t close without sending our very grateful thanks to the many heroes on the front lines working tirelessly to be there for us.

We send our heartfelt get well wishes to our friends and families with loved ones who are ailing, especially our long-time in-school partner, Sandy Heintz, vice principal at Abington Avenue School in Newark. We wish Sandy and her husband a speedy recovery. One student recently told her that since she has been the rock in his life for so many years, now he would now stand beside her and be her rock. That’s what great education looks like and that’s what our friend Sandy epitomizes!

Our best wishes for your strength, good health and persistence during these challenging times. Stay healthy and keep on swinging!

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P.S. See you this Friday, April 3rd at 8:00 pm EST on Zoom and Facebook Live for our next Hang @ Home Listening Party – I’ll be sitting down with the great Dee Dee Bridgewater for a conversation on the singer and the song! [/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_1585790529637{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #0974db !important;}”]

JAZZ HOUSE SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK

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JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Hang @ Home Spotlights: Ellah

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GOOD NEWS: STIMULUS BILL PASSES

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STIMULUS BILL OFFERS CRITICAL ASSISTANCE

The news out of Washington offered small businesses including nonprofits like JAZZ HOUSE KiDS a bit of hope. Congress passed the CARES Act on March 27th, which contains a one-time, deduction for individual charitable contributions of up to $300 ($600 for a couple). All taxpayers would be eligible to take the deduction, even people who don’t itemize their tax return. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. For corporate giving, the law raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

This historic bill offers vital support to our communities and beloved nonprofit organizations, and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is following this closely. We know that it will encourage new support for the organization, benefiting our mission, students, faculty and staff.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585791006375{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-right: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;margin-left: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;background-color: #b1d139 !important;}”]

Thanks to our matching grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation,
every gift to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS will be matched 100%.

An individual’s gift of $300 turns into $600;
a family’s donation of $600 becomes $1,200

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you are able, we hope you will consider making a donation to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS to take advantage of this tax incentive and double your contribution.

For more information on the CARES Act read the Forbes Magazine article here.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING @ THE JAZZ HOUSE

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Wednesday’s “Hang @ Home” Student Masterclasses!

Last week with great fanfare and success, we kicked off our online series of masterclasses for JAZZ HOUSE students: piano led by Oscar Perez and drums led by Alvester Garnett. More than 30 students took advantage of these special sessions.

With a rotating focus, each week we will present a notable artist and educator taking our students into their musical world. Tonight, we added two more sessions to enhance our students’ online experience. We welcome back ALVESTER GARNETT for a recurring drum masterclass and, for a second rotating topic session, NATHAN EKLUND will lead a class in brass.

Students! It’s not too late to join in tonight! Register for either class by sending an email to Daniela Gonzalez. She’ll send you a link to the masterclass. JAZZ HOUSE alums welcome!

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm via ZOOM
REGISTRATION

Space is limited and we will have participants from around the globe for these one-of-a-kind, virtual, interactive jazz masterclasses. Walk with us as we transform!

Brass Masterclass with NATHAN EKLUND

This class covers concepts of airflow, articulation, and arpeggios, as well as how to integrate them into jazz harmony and improvisation. Nathan will focus on tone production, endurance and how to be more relaxed when you play. Designed for intermediate to advanced levels, beginners are welcome to check it out too!

Acclaimed jazz trumpeter and year-round instructor at JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, Nathan also teaches at colleges and high schools throughout the region and regularly presents clinics nationwide, adjudicates jazz festivals, and maintains his own private trumpet teaching studio. He has released five albums as a leader, and has recorded as a sideman with numerous artists including Phil Woods, Dafnis Prieto, Roseanna Vitro, Richie Cole, Chuck Loeb and Spyro Gyra. He is equally busy in the NYC big band scene, having performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Phil Woods Festival Orchestra, Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Slide Hampton Big Band, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Arturo O’Farrill’s Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Oliver Lake Big Band, among others.

Drum Masterclass with ALVESTER GARNETT

Designed for the many great drum and percussion students studying at the JAZZ HOUSE, Alvester leads our second drum masterclass.

The talented, versatile and renowned drummer and instructor at the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop has performed with Abbey LincolnBetty CarterRegina CarterClark TerryPharoah SandersDee Dee BridgewaterTeddy EdwardsJames CarterCyrus ChestnutCharenee WadeLou DonaldsonBenny GolsonAl GreyRodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others.

Three cheers for tremendous arts education team!

Markus Gottschlich, Director of Music Operations, Ted Chubb, Director of Cultural Programming, Galo Inga – Program Coordinator, Daniela Gonzalez, Director of Student Services 

OUR TEAM IS HERE FOR OUR FAMILIES!

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JOiN US FRiDAY!

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JOiN US!
for the 3rd JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Friday Night Listening Party
Hang @ Home with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE and MELISSA WALKER

This week’s session features two outstanding vocalists, the great DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER and our very own MELISSA WALKER!

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Doors Open: 7:45pm

Where: Sign up on Zoom or join us on Facebook LIVE

Featuring: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Melissa Walker

“The Singer and the Song:
Exploring the voices of Shirley Horn,
Betty Carter + Carmen McRae”

In addition to this week’s outstanding vocalists, the great DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER and our very own MELISSA WALKER, tune in to meet our special surprise guest!

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, March 27 at 7:45 pm; Showtime 8:00 pm

VIA FACEBOOK:

  • Hop onto Facebook LIVE
  • Share your comments with our listening audience

TiP JAR!:
Help us continue to bring music to families stuck at home. Consider making a donation to benefit the programs at JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Please pass the tip jar!

How to donate:

  1. Select or enter a custom amount on our donate page or
  2. Venmo: @jazzhousekids

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’![/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_1585785175774{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #0974db !important;}”]

LAST WEEK’S HANG @ HOME LISTENiNG PARTY RECAP!

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Check out the evening’s playlist here!
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JAZZ HOUSE ViDEO OF THE WEEK

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“On the Sunny Side of the Street”

Take a listen to another great version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” this one from 1958 with Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Sunny Stitt on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Ray Brown on bass and Gus Johnson on drums![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8UEGmAvWfM” el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585790455096{padding-top: 10px !important;}”]

Live from Belgium 1958

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WE REMEMBER…

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1585791843555{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Wallace RoneyJAZZ HOUSE KiDS joins our jazz community in mourning the loss of one of the most iconic jazz trumpeters of our time, Wallace Roney. Wallace personified an ultimate dedication to his craft and artistry, and possessed a profound respect for the lineage of trumpet giants that he was a part of. Many among our faculty, alumni, and JAZZ HOUSE families knew him a mentor and friend.

Our heart and deep condolences go out to his family, particularly his wonderful son, and JAZZ HOUSE alum, Wallace Roney Jr.. His father not only passed on his name, but also his musical gifts. Rest in peace.[/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_1585244037917{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #0974db !important;}”]

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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APRIL

Friday, April 3
Hang @ Home Friday Night Listening Party
8:00 pm

Friday, April 10
Hang @ Home Friday Night Listening Party
8:00 pm

Friday, April 24
Deadline for NJ graduating seniors to submit their application for the James Moody Scholarship for New Jersey
More info

Thursday, April 30
Audition packet deadline for the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop and Fall Classes
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LOOKING FORWARD!

June 1 – June 24
Jazz in June
Registration and Info

June 1
JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop: Register today to save your spot!
June 1 is last day to get full refund
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A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SIGNATURE SUPPORTERS!

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  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Gia Maione Prima Foundation
  • The Hearst Foundation
  • The Herb Alpert Foundation
  • J.T. Magen & Company
  • Susan and Chris Gifford
  • Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund
  • Manhattan Mechanical Contractors

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  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Janet Shapiro and Phillip Byrd
  • Ralph Pucci International
  • Rita and Terry Woodard
  • Silver Family Foundation
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Verizon Foundation
  • The Victoria Foundation

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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and have one foot forward in the future.”

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