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 Vol. 3! I send you well wishes and my hope that your families and colleagues are managing to weather the storm. It has been an especially exciting and busy week at the JAZZ HOUSE. We continue to reach thousands of emerging musicians with weekly classes and music fans through our Hang at Home Online Sessions. I send a heartfelt thank you to Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cécile McLorin Salvant for joining us for last week’s Friday night Listening Party. If missed it you can check us out here.

Our reality of living in uncharted territory and forging new paths across an unfamiliar landscape continues. Many of our beloved nonprofit organizations, including JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, are seeking new revenue sources — new donors, government emergency loans — to help weather the storm. We thank those able to lend their support at this time and help us meet the Herb Alpert Foundation Challenge for which they will match dollar-for-dollar new or increased donations to the organization.

As we work toward this goal, we are also cognizant of our families with serious immediate needs. Some of our JAZZ HOUSE KiDS families in both our in-school programs and at our facility in downtown Montclair have been negatively impacted more than others with the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are struggling with the added burden of lost jobs, financial hardship or family members who are sick. One family had to file for bankruptcy. Now is the time to help these families.

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has started an initiative to deliver small financial care packages of direct support to our most at risk families. We have begun to pool donations from our families to other families. Many of our team members have been so inspired that they too have donated . This has allowed us to purchase VISA gift cards for our families most hard hit so that they can use them where the need is greatest.

To date, we have delivered financial care packages to 12 families and trust we brightened their day just a bit by lending a helping hand. We are going to continue to keep in close touch with our JAZZ HOUSE KiDS families most at risk and provide assistance as we can. Our hope is to send these small financial care packages each month, covering as many hard-hit families as possible.

If you would like to join our Sunny Side of the Street Care Package effort, it’s easy to make a contribution to this project through Venmo, check or credit card:

      1. Venmo: @jazzhousekids
      2. Website: www.jazzhousekids.org/donate
      3. Call us with your credit card information at 973-744-2273
      4. Mail a check to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS at 347 Bloomfield Ave, Lower Level, Montclair, NJ 07042

We are lifted every day by the kind and generous, as well as resilient JAZZ HOUSE KiDS community. We send a heartfelt thank you for helping during this time.

Our best wishes for your strength, good health and persistence during these challenging times.

Stay healthy and keep on swinging!
Melissa Walker signature

P.S. See you this Friday, April 10th at 8:00 pm EST on Zoom and Facebook Live for our next Hang @ Home Listening Party – We’ve got one serious rhythm section ready for a deep dive on THEIR favorite rhythm section players. More news below…Tune in![/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

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586389789939{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Meet Ben, a 12-year-old keyboardist who enjoys his JAZZ HOUSE Zoom classes to connect with his bandmates and see what everyone is working on. He’s taking the time at home to work on his Oscar Peterson-style playing. Check it out! [/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCPv6rzFS9E&feature=youtu.be” el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586389804652{padding-top: 10px !important;}”]

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Hang @ Home Spotlights: Ben

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WHAT’S HAPPENING @ THE JAZZ HOUSE

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Wednesday’s “Hang @ Home” Student Masterclasses!

Student Online Classes Continue without Interruption

Spring Break plans? No, we’re all staying home. We’ve heard from many of our families that say they are extremely grateful for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS quickly getting up and running for online learning. The stay at home classes provide welcome structure and social interaction with their peers. Based on feedback from our families, and for the continuity of learning, we will not take a Spring Break this year. That means student online classes will continue as scheduled next week through the rest of semester online. Stay tuned for more details on a special end-of-semester remote concert event on Friday, May 15th. A big “thank you” goes out to all our faculty for working hard during this time adjusting to the challenges of remote learning.

Masterclasses TONIGHT! Are you Registered?

Our third week of masterclasses are coming up tonight and we have a few spots left! With a rotating focus, each week we present a notable artist and educator taking our students into their musical world. 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!

Composition Conversations
with HELEN SUNG
Open to non-JAZZ HOUSE students!

Pianist Helen Sung
Pianist Helen Sung

As part of our rotating masterclasses series, we are thrilled that composer HELEN SUNG will join us tonight for a masterclass on composition. One of the major lessons pianist/composer Helen Sung learned as a Monk Institute jazz student under bass legend Ron Carter was: “if you want to develop your own voice, you need to write your own music.” So every other week, when Mr. Carter held his classes, she and her fellow students had to have a new composition ready, which they played and then received his critique. Helen will share her lessons from that important experience, examining concepts in composition learned from her favorite jazz artists as well as the close ties between composition and improvisation.

This class is for Intermediate to Advanced level students of all instruments, but some piano skills are advised.

Composition with Helen Sung
Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Suggested Donation: $10*
Open to: In addition to all JAZZ HOUSE students, we open this special masterclass to all serious musician students. Invite your friends!
RSVP: Daniela Gonzalez
We will send you a pass code by email to get into the Zoom meeting

*If you are able to do so, we ask that each participant donate $10 to offset the costs of this new content on Venmo (@jazzhousekids) or here. Please indicate in the note section which masterclass you will be attending.

Drum Masterclass
with ALVESTER GARNETT
for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS current & former students

Drummer Alvester Garnett
Alvester Garnett

Tonight, the talented, versatile and renowned drummer and instructor at the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop, ALVESTER GARNETT will continue his popular drum masterclass series. Alvester has performed with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Regina Carter, Clark Terry, Pharoah Sanders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Charenee Wade, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Rodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others.

Drum Masterclass with Alvester Garnett
Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Suggested Donation: $10*
Open to: JAZZ HOUSE students only — All percussion students and alums, including adults and past attendees of JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop
RSVP: Daniela Gonzalez
We will send you a pass code by email to get into the Zoom meeting

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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FRIDAY NIGHT LISTENING PARTIES: HANG @ HOME

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Through our 17 weekly online classes, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS students have been able to maintain a vital connection with their instructors and bandmates — the members of their musical family. We are hearing from both students and their parents that our online classes are providing much more than music education: they are offering routine; a chance for students to socialize and stay connected with their peers; and a likely therapeutic opportunity to focus intensively on something other than the pandemic.

By creating our Friday Night Hang @ Home Listening Parties, we have extended that connectivity and socialization to our wider community. These listening parties reach not only our “immediate family” of students, instructors, donors and friends, but also viewers from around the world. The Listening parties also serve a vital platform to raise funds for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ mission during this unprecedented time and participants are encouraged to donate to our “tip jar” via Venmo or our website.

The listening parties have been hugely popular — JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is known for hosting great events, and now we’ve brought them online! Like our signature concert-and-conversation events, our Friday night Hang @ Home series on Zoom and Facebook, hosted by CHRSTIAN McBRIDE and MELISSA WALKER, the listening parties feature many of the world’s top jazz players discussing the music and recordings that have had an out-sized impact on them. Over 50,000 viewers from around the world have already heard artists such as Marcus Printup, DeeDee Bridgewater, and Cecile McLorin Salvant talking music and trading stories.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”21638″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1586391233468{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

JOiN US!
for the 4th JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Friday Night Listening Party
Hang @ Home with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE and MELISSA WALKER

This week’s session features a powerhouse rhythm roundtable talking about their favorite rhythm sections of all time.

Featuring: JEFF “TAIN” WATTS, MARK WHITFIELD, RICK CARLISLE

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Doors Open: 7:45pm
Where: Sign up on Zoom or join us on Facebook LIVE

Your Favorite Rhythm Section
Talks Their Favorite Rhythm Section

A panel of the coolest rhythm section players, drum legend JEFF “TAIN” WATTS, guitar hero MARK WHITFIELD and special guest RICK CARLISLE (yes — the same NBA head coach of the Dallas Mavericks! The man has skills on keyboard!) will riff about their favorite rhythm section — who to check out, why, which drum and bass combos had the best lock up, and of course debate who swung the hardest! Our dear friend CHRISTIAN McBRIDE will do his best to keep everyone on their best behavior. This is a fundraiser for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Give what you can!

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!

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”21649″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” qode_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1586392766830{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Were you one of the thousands of people who joined us last Friday evening for our 3rd JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Listening Party? The great DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER and the incredible young talent, CECILE McLORIN SALVANT joined our own vocal powerhouse MELISSA WALKER for some riveting conversation on three of the greatest song stylists of all time: Shirley Horn, Betty Carter and Carmen McRae. It was quite the hang! Our thanks to JAZZTIMES for co-hosting this hang!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our “Tip Jar” to help JAZZ HOUSE KiDS continue to bring music education, and, even more essential at this time, compassion and community connectivity through more than 32 hours of programming to 175 students and more than 22,000 music fans.

Check out last Friday’s playlist here. Or watch it again! Enjoy![/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_1585241782838{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #0974db !important;}”]

JAZZ HOUSE ViDEO OF THE WEEK

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“On the Sunny Side of the Street”

Yet another great version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” from the great DIANA KRALL, who wowed our guests at the RALPH PUCCI JAZZ SET, a benefit for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS with host CHRISTIAN McBRIDE this past February. Seems like a lifetime ago![/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va29hvaDY10″ el_width=”70″ align=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586391979569{padding-top: 10px !important;}”]

Diana Krall – On the sunny side of the street en live sur RTL

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WE REMEMBER…

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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APRIL

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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