Dear Band Directors, Students and Parents,
Jazz House Kids' annual Inside the Jazz Note High School Masterclass is an incredible afternoon jazz extravaganza whose past participants include Pat Metheny, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves and Christian McBride.
This year, we are honored to feature two NEA Jazz Masters and luminaries, saxophonist extraordinaire Jimmy Heath, and legendary pianist Cedar Walton. With such a historical group of musicians, our hope is that jazz students will attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
The day features two exciting masterclasses for high school students from across the state. The first session is led by dynamic Jazz House Kids teaching artists, where they examine the music of Jimmy Heath and Cedar Walton and their many collaborations. This session will focus on a few landmark recordings and discuss how a young musician can approach learning from these world-class musicians.
Following a short break, we will invite our special guests to the stage to lead their masterclass. The second session will include a performance, an interactive discussion with the participants, demonstrations, and a Q & A session and a brief photo op with the artists. In past years, the discussions have been very engaging and students have left feeling inspired and energized! 16-year-old pianist, Michele Arenas, told The New York Times that the opportunity to participate "made you want to work harder."
Jazz House Kids will need to have completed registration forms by April 15. Remember to take advantage of the April 15 per student early registration, as the cost goes up to $10.00 per student as of May 15! You can complete the online registration form or download the PDF registration form and mail it in. We hope that you and your students will attend the program this year and take advantage of an amazing opportunity to have your students mentored by living jazz legends!
Director of Education and Curriculum Development
A World-Class Music Initiative...
In Your Own Back Yard.