The Jazz House Beat Newsletter


2022 JAZZ HOUSE @ Trinity

From the Desk of President + Founder Melissa Walker

2022 JAZZ HOUSE Spring ShowcaseThis week marks the end of spring semester classes at the JAZZ HOUSE, and our school programs are starting to wind down. We celebrated the occasion at this past Saturday’s JAZZ HOUSE Spring Showcase held at the beautiful Trinity Commons in New York City. For many of our students, this was their first “city gig.” We showcased 13 ensembles for seven hours, everything from small group combos and organ to vocal and big bands. This year we welcomed to the stage two of our Newark programs, Science High School Big Band and the Arts High School Combo. It is always a swinging occasion to see the growth of our students in their ensemble performances, and Saturday did not disappoint!

2022 Science Park high school Big Band
We thank our talented faculty who mentor our students each and every day and give a big shoutout to our incredible JAZZ HOUSE team under the direction of Ted Chubb, Director of Cultural Programming and Ashley Ferraro, Senior Student Services Manager, who made the logistics of scheduling, parent communication and transportation look seamless.
2022 Spring JAZZ HOUSE Louis Armstrong Ensemble directed by Ed Palermo

LINK! Watch the livestream archive of the Spring Concert in its entirety

LINK! See more photo highlights from the Spring Concert on Facebook

JAZZ HOUSE Music Scholars End-of-Year Concerts

The celebrations continue today starting with the Senator Frank Lautenberg School 6 in Paterson. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS established the school’s new JAZZ HOUSE Music Scholars Program, the first music formal music program in more than a decade. The new Jazz Band will make its debut performance at today’s Spring Showcase + Award Ceremony, which will also include a performance from the JAZZ HOUSE All-Stars featuring our incredible teaching faculty with very special guests, Christian McBride and Nat Adderley, Jr. and alumni, drummer Donovan Marshall, who attended Paterson schools.

I’d like to recognize the great work of Galo Inga, our manager of in-school programs alongside lead instructor Abel Mireles to get this program off the ground successfully. We are grateful for the invaluable support we’ve received from our Paterson School District champions, Superintendent Eileen Shafer and Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Coy, as well as School 6 administrators and music faculty. Thank you!

2022 JAZZ HOUSE Spring Showcase + Award Ceremony
On June 16, we do it all again as we host the JAZZ HOUSE Music Scholars Spring Showcase and Award Ceremony in Newark Public Schools, where students from all our jazz education programs come together for one great night of musicianship.
It will be quiet without our students around the JAZZ HOUSE for only a of couple weeks, then we jump into our summer programming, starting with Summer Sessions on June 6. If you still need to sign up, I encourage you to do so — summer is the perfect time to hone skills and play music.
Gratefully yours,

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Three Cheers for the Big Band!

The JAZZ HOUSE Big Band under the direction of the masterful Nathan Eklund played their socks off at the Essentially Ellington High School Competition and Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as one of 15 finalists in the most prestigious big band competition in the nation. Students who are part of ensembles that get to this point find it transforming — an experience that they will never forget (and always goes on their resumes). The great Wynton Marsalis, friend and admirer of the JAZZ HOUSE, delivered inspiring opening remarks and really recognized the efforts of all the music directors to keep music vibrant in young people even when programs went online or were shut down. Congratulations to all 2022 participants!

2022 Ellington Competition Recognition
  • JAZZ HOUSE Big Band
    1. Best sax section
    2. Best trumpet section
  • Soloist Honors:
    1. Honorable mention piano – James Pakhomou
    2. Outstanding violin – Jacquie Lee
    3. Outstanding bass – Sam Konin
    4. Outstanding clarinet – Mark Ricco
    5. Outstanding alto saxophone – Ginger Meyer
    6. Honorable mention trumpet – Violet Mujica
    7. Outstanding trumpet – Alvaro Caravaca
    8. Outstanding piano & outstanding bass – Ben Collins-Siegel
    9. Outstanding drums – Ben Schwartz
Congratulations to all our students and band director Nathan Eklund! Thank you to all our families and hard-working crew. Woohoo!




Summer Sessions | June + July

Book your Tuesdays to learn the classics of funk, soul and R&B from one of the best in the business, the great pianist and producer Nat Adderley, Jr.! This multigenerational class will focus on the essential tunes, stylistic nuances, and grooves that became the soundtrack for American culture. From James Brown, Prince, Sly and the Family Stone, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross and more, this ensemble will get you in the pocket with R+B ballads, mid-tempo grooves, and high energy hits. “Get on the good foot!”

Summer Session Ensembles

Take a deep dive into compositions of jazz’s iconic composers and how they created their unique sound:

  • the great pianist Horace Silver
  • alto sax legend Jackie McClean
  • jazz vocalist Carmen McRae
  • queens of the jazz organ, Shirley Scott, Rhoda Scott, Trudy Pitts, and Gloria Coleman
Summer Sessions Electives

Learn to develop YOUR musical voice with our in-person and online electives such as music video production, rhythm section workout and music video production.

JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop | August 1 – 13

Work hard and play hard at the award-winning workshop held on the campus of Montclair State University. The intensive two-week session immerses students in the art of jazz performance and helps them become well-rounded musicians through ensemble performances and jam sessions with professional musicians.


NJPAC Christian McBride Celebrity Roast

Christian Turns 50! To celebrate 8-time GRAMMY-winning bassist and our Artistic Director Christian McBride, the JAZZ HOUSE has teamed up with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to give him a proper roast, something he’s always wanted. A super comedy fan, we are thrilled to oblige Christian by putting him on the hot seat for this one night only.

Dinner will be right on stage at NJPAC’s Prudential Hall, followed by an evening full of belly laughs, musical accompaniment and an all-star cast of pros and pals like comic geniuses George Wallace and Jeff Ross on hand to skewer one of the nicest people we know. Hurry! Tickets are going fast!

All proceeds benefit the educational programs of two organizations close to Christian’s heart: NJPAC and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS
Saturday, June 11

Come support the inaugural Montclair Pride Festival downtown and catch the the JAZZ HOUSE Ambassadors Ensemble on the School of Rock stage!

2022 Montclair Jazz Festival dates

Get involved in the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL! presented by BDP Holdings, LLC

  • Become a Vendor
  • Volunteer
  • Become a Festival
  • Sponsor or Friend of the Festival
  • Advertise in our Digital Program Book


Major support for our programs is provided by Amazon; BDP Holdings, LLC; Brandenburg Productions; John J. & Rose Cali Family Foundation; Leslie + Ted Dixon; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Gia Maione Prima Foundation; Susan + Chris Gifford; Herb Alpert Foundation; Kenneth Goldman Donor Foundation; Lincoln of Wayne; Manhattan Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; Montclair Center BID; National Endowment for the Arts; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Ralph Pucci International; Regan Family Foundation; TD Bank; Trinity Church Wall Street; Victoria Foundation; Rita + Terry Woodard and our other many other generous donors.
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