Next week, Jazz St. Louis will play host to four Residency artists participating in the second of three Residencies scheduled for the 2012-13 season. The Jazz St. Louis Residency program is made possible in part with support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Residency weeks are busy yet fun weeks, filled with many master classes, clinics, performances, and community. Not only will these artists work with the 50 students in our JazzU program, but they will be visiting nearly 20 different area schools to work with their students and jazz ensembles.
For the Residency that takes place during the week of March 4, we have put together an all-star cast of some of the country’s best musician/educators featuring Andre Hayward (trombone), Reggie Thomas (piano), Tim Warfield (saxophones) and Rodney Whitaker (bass). You will not find this amazing group of musicians outside of the Jazz St. Louis Residency program, which is a unique aspect of what we do. This program allows us to bring these artists to area schools at no cost to the schools or students. Many, if not all, of these schools do not have the resources to bring such artists to work with their students. Bringing professional artists into the classroom is an integral component in the development of young musicians. Ultimately, our goal is to help support area school music programs through our resources and the generosity of our supporters.
While the education activities at area schools are not open to the public, there are four chances to catch this super-group during their Friday (3/8) and Saturday (3/9) performances at Jazz at the Bistro. Tickets can be purchased through the usual channels (metrotix or the Jazz St. Louis offices). For the weekend performances, the group will be joined by area drummer, Marty Morrison.
If you like this concept, check out our April Residency (April 1-6), featuring Jon Faddis, Terell Stafford, and Sean Jones!