Highlights from The Four Freshmen – July 3
CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s
2014 Essentially Ellington
The Community Arts Program 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 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The three-day festival began on Thursday, May 8, 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).
Friday, May 9, began with a JALCO open rehearsal, followed by Competition Part I—which included the CAP ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble performance—and Competition Part II. Competition Part III followed on Saturday morning. On Saturday evening 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.
Community Arts Program (CAP)
Wins 2013 Knight Arts Challenge!
To 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…