Friday Opening Double Set
The opening two sets of the 2019 Festival will feature piano great Carl Sonny Leyland describing and demonstrating “The Evolution of Boogie-Woogie.” His presentation will be followed by the Student Clinic Instructors Band in a jam session that’s sure to please both audience and students. Finally, the Student Friday Band will perform a couple numbers, using the skills they worked on during the Thursday clinic, under the direction of Joe Smith of Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles. These two sets are free and open to the public and begin at noon on Friday, July 26th in the Elks Lodge Ballroom. Should be a great kickoff to a great weekend!
Year-Round Education Program
Jazz In Schools
The Festival Mission Statement includes the words: “Promote jazz music and live performances with educational programs for both listeners and young performers.” Each year the Education Committee works to satisfy this mission, with special attention given to building interest among young people and helping student musicians.
Included in the range of programs and activities over the years have been concerts at many area middle schools and high schools, most notably a series featuring the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars, giving us young people performing for younger people. On many occasions the students have performed with the instructors, providing a special learning experience and great fun for all.
In addition, there have been many instructional events providing student musicians with the opportunity to learn from established professionals, including many members of the Queen City Jazz Band. These sessions have taken the form of workshops and “Combo Days” at Evergreen High School and several area middle and elementary schools.
One special highlight was a series of visits to Deer Creek Elementary School where members of the Education Committee met with three classes of fourth graders and introduced them to six different instruments. When those students moved on to fifth grade, they formed a band and gave a jazz concert, complete with costumes! This
“instruments introduction” has since been taken to several other elementary schools and is now a regular feature of the education program.
Again this year, Thursday of Festival Week will feature a Student Clinic with professional instruction on virtually every instrument plus ensemble work. All of the instructors will be appearing in the Festival, which means students will be learning from some of the top talents in the world of jazz. The clinic will take place July 25, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Evergreen Christian Church. The $50 tuition includes lunch and a full 3-day Festival badge. Payment can be made online at the Tickets Page, by phone or at the clinic. Financial aid is available. Questions? Call 303-697-5467.
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Any donation to the Festival Education Program is gratefully welcomed and provides an opportunity for benefactors to designate how they want their contributions used.
Student Clinics featuring professional instruction are an annual highlight of the Festival Education Program.
Student Clinics provide both individual instrument and ensemble instruction.