Friday, January 23, 2009

Free Jazz Performance in NY tomorrow, January 24

Jazz at Lincoln Center premieres the MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ ACADEMY (MSJA) class of 2008-09, under direction of Eli Yamin, in a free showcase tomorrow, January 24, at 1PM, featuring the repertoire of Louis Jordan, Gene Ammons, Thelonious Monk and Abbey Lincoln. The performance will feature an inside look at MSJA’s innovative jazz immersion activities.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is also accepting applications for MSJA’s 2009-10 class starting January 19, 2009. Promising middle school instrumentalists from New York City are eligible to apply and audition for the tuition-free intensive jazz instruction program held throughout the school year. For eligibility requirements and for an application, visit:
Application deadline is February 20, 2009.
Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center selects 15 students from New York City, in the 6th, 7th or 8th grades to be a part of MSJA. Each student is awarded a full tuition scholarship, based on application, audition and family interview, to receive intensive jazz instruction throughout the school year.

Now in its fourth year, this unique program offers a course of study in instrumental performance, including Saturday Academy and weekly private lessons, as well as broader youth development activities. Students have the opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty and guest musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and among others.

For more information on the MSJA faculty, go to:

Diamond Clinton, drums/percussion, Brooklyn
Aaron Colbert, flute, Bronx
Cole Davis, bass, Manhattan
Nicole Davis, trumpet, Manhattan
Lateef Fall, guitar, Manhattan
Nickarel Forbes-Allen, clarinet, Brooklyn
Luis Garcia, baritone saxophone, Manhattan
Victor Rodriguez, alto saxophone, Queens
David Rukki, trombone, Brooklyn
Yasiel Sanchez, piano, Manhattan
Jumaane Sandiford, piano, Brooklyn
Khadim Sarr, tenor saxophone, Brooklyn
David Seville, bass, Brooklyn
Irene Diamond Education Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

January 24, 2009; 1 p.m.
The performance is free and open to the public. No reservations, first come, first served. Seating is general admission.
For more information on MSJA or for an application for 2009-10, visit:

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