Thanks to a partnership between Isidore Newman School, the Surdna Foundation, Iberia Bank, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, students from the greater New Orleans area have the opportunity to study music under the direction of renowned jazz master Donald Harrison, Jr.
This tuition-free summer program will be conducted at Isidore Newman School from Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 14. It will be held weekdays from 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., culminating in an evening concert on June 14 with reception following.
New Jazz School teaches vocals, brass, woodwind, rhythm, bass, guitar, percussion and piano to students in 8th-12th grades. Participants are chosen through auditions, and limited enrollment space is available. Due to the support of sponsoring institutions, the program is free of tuition charges for the diverse students selected to enroll.
New Jazz School is committed to educating the next generation of New Orleans musicians, to preserve the unique city’s culture and heritage. Donald Harrison, Jr. directs and teaches the program with assistance from experienced, established musicians. New Jazz School students learn traditional jazz, swing, bebop, modal jazz, jazz rock, and hip hop. There are also classes in harmony, technique, reading, ear training, listening, and ensemble.
Harrison is one of the most accomplished saxophone players in the world. Currently he serves as the Artistic Director at the Tipitina’s Foundation as well as Big Chief of the Congo Nation, a New Orleans Cultural Group. Harrison developed a style of jazz called “Nouveau Swing” that merges swing and modern dance music. He’s been featured in movies by Spike Lee and Jonathan Demme, and is a key contributor to HBO’s “Treme.”
All prospective students must register for New Jazz School 2013.
Students audition to be selected into the program. After formal acceptance into the program, to secure a spot a student must complete and return a signed New Jazz School Enrollment Agreement for 2013.
Please check the New Jazz School site pages often for more information. Thank you.