The Jazz House Beat Newsletter


2022 JAZZ HOUSE Big Band


TODAY @ 1:00 pm ET – In-person at St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC

Coleman HughesA big part of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS’ mission is career development, and that means supporting the professional careers of our alumni as they become citizens of the world. We are proud to present JAZZ HOUSE alum Coleman Hughes live at 1:00 pm this afternoon, as part of our JAZZ at One Series, a collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street.

Coleman Hughes is talented musician — arranger and multi-instrumentalist who has played with the GRAMMY-winning Charles Mingus Big Band since age 17. He has also performed with the Michael Dease Big Band and the Christian McBride Big Band. His musical inspirations run the gamut from bebop, to classical music, and hip hop. Hughes is also a writer, podcaster and opinion columnist who specializes in issues related to race, public policy and applied ethics. Learn more about what he’s been up to on his website.

From the Desk of Founder + President Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker, Founder & President of Jazz House KidsBack for fall!

Sweater weather has arrived once again – and so have JAZZ HOUSE KiDS classes, programs and performances!

After hosting 135 students from six states and five countries at the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop in August and producing another successful MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL Grand Finale Downtown Jamboree in September with perfect weather, incredible jazz, hundreds of vendors and 25,000 attendees, you’d think we would be able rest on our laurels and get back into a routine at the JAZZ HOUSE. Instead, our new “business as usual” has expanded greatly, with programming on both sides of the Hudson.

As this organization marks its 20th year this fall, we stay focused on our mission in our four pillars of work — access, learning, career development and community building.

We multi-task as we do best: kicking off our 2022-2023 classes at our studios in Montclair, jump starting our in-school JAZZ HOUSE Scholars Programs in four New Jersey counties, and thanks to a new collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street, launching our JAZZ HOUSE @ Trinity Program in Lower Manhattan. We’re also producing several series of exciting live performances including JAZZ at ONE, our Tuesday afternoon lunchtime series, and our JAZZ ICONS @ Trinity Series in Trinity Church. All are livestreamed and archived, so if you can’t make it into New York for the concerts, I encourage you to check them all out here.

We’re ready for our new season of music! Thanks for being in our Big Band of supporters.
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@ the JAZZ HOUSE (Montclair, NJ)

We’re back at it in our studios in New Jersey!

Classes @ the JAZZ HOUSE kicked off in September with 25 classes, five days a week for students ages 8-18 and adults. Taught by a team of talented teaching artists, students receive top-tier jazz education on ranging from introductory instrumentation and improvisation to the JAZZ HOUSE Sunday Academy for our most advanced students.

JAZZ HOUSE @ Trinity (NYC)

JAZZ HOUSE @ Trinity Big Band directed by James Burton

We’re in New York!

JAZZ HOUSE @ Trinity programs, which initially kicked off earlier this summer, continue to grow at our satellite campus in lower Manhattan, in collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street. All 28 of our classes for students in grades 6 through high school are part of Trinity Youth Afterschool with rolling admission. Programs are offered at no cost for students and their families.

Rhythm Makers, Soulful Voices
  • Electives open to All Trinity Youth Students
Page One Beginner Program
  • 10 different small group lesson offerings
  • 2 Beginner Large Ensembles
Jazz Academy Intermediate/ Advanced Program
  • 3 Small Group Combos (Ambassadors, Messengers, Blues & Roots)
  • 2 Big Band + History & Culture classes

JAZZ HOUSE Scholars Program (In-Schools)

Instrument Fair at the New Roberto Clemente School in Paterson, NJ

LIVE in the classroom!

In an effort to help bridge the gap in academic achievement by using music to boost emotional health and scholastic outcomes in under-resourced schools, the JAZZ HOUSE Music Scholars Program serves public and charter schools across New Jersey with jazz education and ensemble classes taught by JAZZ HOUSE teaching artists. Among the schools we serve in Newark are LINK Community Charter School, Arts High School, Science Park High School, Oliver Street School and East Side High School. In the Paterson Public School District, we are returning to Senator Frank Lautenberg School 6 and launching a brand-new program for students at Roberto Clemente School, School 24. In addition, we are returning with a 26- session JAZZ HOUSE Residency at School 24/Fine and Performing Arts Program serving instrumental and vocal students.

Our return and expansion to the Paterson Public School District has reached over 800 students through community concerts, recruitment initiatives, and instrument fairs.

Starting later this fall is our Jazz Explorers program with Riza Printup in the the Montclair Community Pre-K and our entry into Jersey City at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School.

Through weekly in-person JAZZ HOUSE Music Scholars programs, students receive robust free jazz education and much-needed learning, structure, creativity and inspiration.


Coleman Hughes


St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC + Livestreamed | 1:00 pm

Want to perk up your lunch break? Join us for our Jazz At One Concert Series, in collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street! Starting every Tuesday at 1:00 pm, the concerts feature a lineup of talented artists each week, exploring some of the most creative music in the jazz idiom. The concerts are free, open to the public, and will be livestreamed here.
7-Week series:

  1. October 11 – Loston Harris Trio – Watch video
  2. October 18 – Abraham Burton Quartet – Watch video
  3. October 25 – Sasha Berliner Quartet – Watch video
  4. November 1 – Coleman Hughes Sextet
  5. November 8 – Samara Joy
  6. November 15 – Theo Walentiny Trio
  7. November 22 – Edmar Castañeda Quartet
the enduring value of a jazz archive

[INSiDE] THE JAZZ NOTE® Fall 2022 Series

@ Clements Place, Newark + Livestreamed | 7:00 pm

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS invites you to our new free Tuesday series in collaboration with the Institute of Jazz Studies and supported by The National Endowment for the Humanities and New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Each week our hosts and special guests will explore the musical legacy of jazz and the lives of today’s preeminent players playing it forward.

Six-part series

Can’t get to Newark? Watch the livestream on our Facebook or YouTube channel on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm ET!

2022 JAZZ HOUSE goes to college


@ Parish Hall, Trinity Commons, NYC
Tuesday, November 10 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm

If you have a junior or senior high school student interested in studying music in college, this is a great event for you. Join us for a very special evening on November 10: JAZZ HOUSE Goes to College, our annual college preparatory program and college fair. Students and their families will get the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from top jazz programs from across the country.

This year we are proud to host this free event in collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street at our new satellite location, Trinity Commons in lower Manhattan. Light refreshments will be served.

Jazz Icons at Trinity


@ Trinity Church Wall Street, NYC + Livestreamed
Sunday, December 4 | 3:00 pm

Mark your calendar for the next installment of our new Jazz Icons series with the great Monty Alexander! A collaboration between Trinity and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, this free concert series showcases some of the most prolific and influential artists in jazz history.

Catch up on the concerts you missed here:


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 many other generous donors.
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