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Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
WDNA 88.9 FM Live Broadcast #2
CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble
WDNA 88.9 FM and WDNA.org

Sunday, April 27, 2014
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
CAP Saturday Music Classes Student Recital
Coral Gables UCC
3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL ‎33134

(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

Saturday, May 17, 2014
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Family Concert
CAP Young Musicians’ JR & INT Orchestras,
ADV Chamber Ensemble,
Jazz PREP Band, and ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble

Coral Gables UCC
3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL ‎33134

(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

June 5, 2014 through August 14, 2014
8:00 p.m., Every Other Thursday
CAP 2014 Summer Concert Series
Coral Gables UCC
3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL ‎33134

(across from the Biltmore Hotel)

CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble
2014 Essentially Ellington Finalist
For Second Consecutive Year!

Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced the finalist bands for its prestigious 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. With nearly 100 recordings submitted from jazz bands across the United States and Canada, Florida’s Coral Gables United Church of Christ Community Arts Program (CAP) ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble is among only 15 finalists chosen.

The CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble is one of three after-school programs selected and the only after-school jazz band chosen from throughout the competition’s Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C and West Virginia. This will be the CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble’s second consecutive year as an Essentially Ellington finalist to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Read more…

Community Arts Program (CAP)
Wins 2013 Knight Arts Challenge!

DSC_1926To introduce more young Miamians to jazz, Miami’s Community Arts Program (CAP) will expand its Conservatory for the Arts to include an exciting and innovative after-school jazz institute.  This is made possible through support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, which has awarded $100,000 to the Community Arts Program for its Miami Jazz Institute.

Since its inception in the early 20th century, jazz has been a reflection of American culture and is widely considered as the truly original American art form. Yet many graduate from high school with little knowledge of the historical importance and practical applications of jazz. The Community Arts Program solution to this is a Miami Jazz Institute (MJI) that will stimulate children through the richness of jazz as they understand its place in American history, its musical structure, and its practical applications in one-on-one lessons on a chosen instrument and in performance as soloists and as part of MJI performing ensembles that reflect Miami’s diversity.  With sliding-scale tuition based on need, the Miami Jazz Institute will make it possible for more children to participate. Read more…

CAPtivating Students!

The CAP 2013 Summer Concert Series
It Sure DID Swing Some Soul!

What a terrific Community Arts Program (CAP) 2013 Summer Concert Series! Last summer’s series, titled Then Swings My Soul, presented some of the world’s finest classical and jazz artists. From an incredible June 13 opening with jazz vocalist Catherine Russell (fronted by our very own CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble) to pianist Orli Shaham’s intriguing recital, critics’ rave reviews of Pepe Romero’s stunning guitar recital, the “smokin’” Brubeck Brothers Quartet, the incredible big band sounds of the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra and a stellar John Pizzarelli with his brother Martin bringing down the house, it sure DID swing some soul!

June 13 through August 22, 2013, more than 2,000 people passed through our doors for a CAP Summer Concert Series touted by critics as “THE summer place for great concerts….” Moreover, we were brimming with an extravagant welcome and spirit that make the CAP Summer Concert Series one special event!

An EXCITING Community Arts Program (CAP) 2014 Summer Concert Series—June 5 through August 14—is just around the corner! Stay Tuned!

CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble
Took the 2013 Jazz at Lincoln Center Stage
Brought Home Four Awards!

The Community Arts Program (CAP) ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble was one of 15 finalist bands chosen—from nearly 100 applicants from across the country and Canada—to take part in the prestigious 2013 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The three-day festival began on Friday, May 10, 2013 with the finalist bands’ arrival at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. The students made their way to Rose Theater through a congratulatory “cheer tunnel” of staff members, musicians and press. A One on One with Wynton Marsalis was followed by section workshops, rehearsals, a banquet dinner and jam sessions with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALCO).

Saturday, May 11, 2013 began with a JALCO open rehearsal, followed by Competition Part I. Competition Part II included the CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble performance on Sunday morning, Competition Part III followed on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday evening May 12, 2013, in Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed music of Duke Ellington and Gerald Wilson. The night culminated with a grand awards ceremony honoring outstanding soloists, sections and performances.