For those not familiar with our Artist Residency program, it is one that allows us to connect top flight jazz artists/educators with high school students and teachers in small, intense educational settings. Typically a master class with artists of this magnitude consists of a couple of hundred people in an auditorium with the artist on stage or a jazz band that plays for and receives only 30 minutes of instruction from an artist.
The Artist Residency program focuses on clinics and master classes with high school jazz bands and combos. We bring the artist to the school, typically spending an average of two hours, working with individuals or small groups of students.
Past Residency Artists have included Esperanza Spalding, the Terell Stafford Quintet, the Greg Osby 4, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Bruce Barth. Residencies for the 2010-2011 season include Dr. Gene Aitken, Ronald Carter, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio and Jon Faddis.
Next week (March 7-12), Ronald Carter, Saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University will be our resident artist. During his visit, Mr. Carter will work extensively with the music students of Normandy High School, capping off the residency activities with a morning performance in the school’s Little Theatre. Additionally, he will work with musicians at East St. Louis Senior High School, Riverview Gardens High School, Hannibal High School, Maplewood/Richmond Heights High School, East St. Louis Lincoln Middle, and members of Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU program.
The end of the entire week will culminate with Ronald Carter’s performances at Jazz at the Bistro featuring Reggie Thomas’ Organ Trio, OGD, on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12. Show times are 8:30 and 10:15 pm.