JazzReach Educational Programs

*Highline Ballroom* ~ Showtime: 10:00am & 12:00pm

JazzReach, Inc. in collaboration with the BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL, will present a total of 6 matinee performances of its all-new educational program “ELLINGTON!” for New York City Public School Students, JUNE 1-3, 2011 at the HIGHLINE BALLROOM.

Targeting young audiences in grades 3-6, “ELLINGTON!”  is a highly immersive, live multi-media educational program that aims to illuminate the rich, vital legacy of the great composer, pianist and bandleader, Duke Ellington.  One of the most innovative, prolific, celebrated musicians in music history, Ellington’s canon is a timeless, highly personal aural account of both the human condition and African-American experience of the 20th Century.  Through the creative integration of live music (provided by JazzReach’s esteemed resident ensemble, METTA QUINTET), video projections and live narration, “ELLINGTON!” introduces new, young audiences to a wide variety of Ellington’s broad array of musical achievements, from hit songs to blues riffs to extended suites, and scores for stage and screen.

“ELLINGTON!” was commissioned by and successfully premiered at the Robert Ferst Center for Performing Arts in February, 2011.

ABOUT JAZZREACH:Established by musician, Hans Schuman in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, teaching and promulgation of jazz music.
Through the presentation of innovative, widely acclaimed live multi-media educational programs for young audiences (grades K-12), informative clinics and master-classes for student musicians and ensembles and captivating main-stage concerts for general audiences, JazzReach is fiercely dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of this rich, vital, uniquely American art form.

Since premiering its debut educational program in 1997, JazzReach has successfully positioned itself as one of our nation’s leading arts organizations dedicated to jazz.  It’s programs have successfully served over 220,000 young people nationwide in partnership with many of America’s most prominent performing arts presenters and concert venues and have received unanimous praise from students, teachers, parents, the media and arts professionals alike.

METTA QUINTET features:  Marcus Strickland, tenor saxophone; Mark Gross, alto saxophone; David Bryant, piano; Joshua Ginsburg, bass; and JazzReach Founder/Executive-Artistic Director, Hans Schuman at the drums.
More info: http://www.jazzreach.org



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June 3, 2011
Highline Ballroom
431 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011