( ENSPIRE Community ) Public Jazz Entertainment That Brings Young Musicians Into The Spotlight
ENSPIRE Contributor: Gabrielle Maya
On April 22 the Bloomingdale School of Music Jazz Department is presenting BSM Jazz Festival to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. This music-loving event will be in the David Greer Concert Hall, 323 West 108th Street, NYC at 3 pm. It’s a free public event with food and refreshments. The Director of Marketing & Development said, “We are dedicating resources to the growth of our jazz department, welcoming more jazz lovers into our community, and are excited to encourage an interest in jazz among our students.”
This event will feature performances from the BSM Youth Jazz Ensemble, MAP Jazz Combo, two adult Jazz Ensembles, and solo performances from BSM jazz students. Daniel Bennett has grown the on-site jazz ensembles and has been promoted to Jazz Coordinator and will host the return of the BSM Jazz Fest with directors Michael Cochrane and Eli Asher. Music features include Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern. Besides the BSM Jazz Festival, an upcoming event will be a book signing with Mercedes Ellington (granddaughter of Duke Ellington), featuring the new book Duke Ellington An American Composer and Icon.
Investing in and supporting music education is vital to our youth and communities. Music is a positive outlet where creatives can express themselves. One of the greatest things about music is that no matter what language, genre, or tune, someone else can relate. That is how powerful music is.
The Bloomingdale School of Music is a driven community center dedicated to making music education accessible. Support their mission and values by going to their site. If you want to be a part of the BSM Music Festival, RSVP here.