April 25th - Jazz Education Day: Demystifying the Jazz Process presented by The Jazz Institute of Ch
On April 25 from noon-7:30 p.m., the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Jazz Education Day: Demystifying the Jazz Process; an opportunity to learn about jazz from master musicians while connecting with other music lovers. Held during Jazz Appreciation Month and created to encourage a deeper appreciation of America's music, all sessions will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington and are free and open to the public.
"Building on the success of last year's inaugural Jazz Education Day, we want to continue the conversation while going behind the scenes of the music," explained Jazz Institute of Chicago Education Committee Chair, Judith E. Stein. "By providing sessions that feature some of Chicago's finest musicians and jazz educators, we hope to expand the understanding of current jazz listeners; educate the curious, giving them insight into the music and the artists who create it; and create a wonderful day of listening to, talking and learning about jazz music."
Demystifying the Jazz Process with Dana Hall, acclaimed composer, drummer, educator, and Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University
A conversation about the listening playlists for leading musicians moderated by Howard Mandel, jazz critic and president of the Jazz Journalists Association
A panel discussion about the presence of jazz in today's media moderated by radio personality Richard Steele
A jam session led by saxophonist Jarrard Harris
The full schedule follows and all sessions are free. For more information on the Jazz Institute of Chicago, other Jazz Appreciation Month events or our regular schedule of concert and education programs, visit jazzinchicago.org.
Jazz Appreciation Day: Demystifying the Jazz Process - Full Schedule
12:15-1:45pm - DEMYSTIFYING THE JAZZ PROCESS
Preston Bradley Hall
Drummer, composer, and educator Dana Hall explores key elements and concepts found in today's jazz and creative improvised music - among them rhythm and meter - to illuminate the how, what, and why of the contemporary bandleader's approach to determining a typical set of music for a jazz performance. Lecture/performance features members of Dana Hall's Black Fire: Dana Hall (drums and cymbals), Geof Bradfield (alto, tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, bass clarinet); Ben Waltzer (piano); and Clark Sommers (acoustic bass).
2-3:30pm - WHAT DO JAZZ MUSICIANS LISTEN TO . . . .WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING?
Claudia Cassidy Theater
Find out what music influences and inspires leading musicians Renee Baker (violinist and past Artistic Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble and Mantra Blue Free Orchestra), Miguel de la Cerna (pianist, educator and composer) and Tammy McCann (vocalist and former Ray Charles Raelette) during a panel discussion moderated by Howard Mandel, President of the Jazz Journalists Association, author of Future Jazz, and senior editor of The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues.
4-5:30pm - WHERE IS JAZZ IN TODAY'S MEDIA?
Claudia Cassidy Theater
How do you balance diminishing main stream media coverage with increasing interest from younger generations? What does this trend mean for the future? Explore these issues and more during a panel discussion moderated by radio personality Richard Steele and featuring Frank Alkyer, publisher of DownBeat Magazine; Dan Bindert, Station Manager of WDCB 90.9fm, Ayana Contreras, producer with WBEZ's Sound Opinions and Thaddeus Tukes composer, jazz vibraphonist, and Medill School of Journalism graduate student.
6:00-7:30pm - JAZZ JAM SESSION
Led by saxophonist and educator, Jarrard Harris and featuring Kirk Brown (piano), Marlene Rosenberg (bass) and Isaiah Spencer (drums), this jam session is open to musicians of all levels and ages as well as listeners and lovers of jazz. This jam session is open to jazz musicians of all levels and ages and for all audiences.
About Jazz Education Day: Demystifying the Jazz Process
Jazz Education Day: Demystifying the Jazz Process is presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with support from WDCB 90.9 FM. This free program, presented as part of Jazz Appreciation Month, provides an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of jazz and connect with other music lovers.