Jazz Power Youth offers cultural immersion and multi discipline training to youth in New York City in singing, dance, and theatre.
Jazz Power Youth Workshop
This 12-week training is held April-June in New York City at a central location. Students ages 11-17 receive cultural immersion in the jazz arts and training in singing, dance and theatre. Classic jazz pieces are learned and scenes from JPI musicals are staged for a culminating performance at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Zah! Jazz Youth Ensemble
This dynamic group of young performers have completed at least one year of training with JPI. Performance venues include National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bank Street School for Children and New York City Parks.
Open Jazz Arts Master Classes
These master classes give a wide community of young people a taste of JPI in action. Master classes are led by Artistic Director Eli Yamin and guest master artists such as Catherine Russell, Mickey Davidson, Carol Maillard, Antoinette Montague, Marion Cowings and Jeanie Lovetri.
These workshops are offered to New York City public schools free of charge to introduce JPI’s multi-discipline approach to learning about jazz.
Why do we need Jazz Power Youth?
Jazz Power Youth offers as created a dynamic, groundbreaking learning platform that reveals the importance of jazz in American life on a whole new level. Though telling the stories of the great jazz musicians is important, JPI has learned that there is a more powerful way to engage young people with the world of jazz. The social relevance of the musical story being told ignites intrinsic passion in our students and facilitates an accelerated and exciting learning environment. The JPI experiential method enables students to own the essential ingredients of jazz in the context of the stories they are telling.
Teaching Artists guide students in making the swing and shuffle beats their own in a spirit of fun and collaboration. The notion of improvisation becomes an unstoppable learning tool, which can be used in music, theatre and everyday life. Historical dances such as swing and the cakewalk, become visceral learning experiences with clear connections to American History. Practicing diction in the context of singing a bebop line with many syllables and a driving rhythmic framework, challenges students both physically and mentally, expanding their view of their own abilities cognitively, creatively and in terms of self-confidence.