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Jazz Power Youth Special Fall Auditions

Selected participants will join Jazz Power Fall training workshop, an award winning, transformational, 8-week multidisciplinary program in singing, dancing and acting, offered at no cost to families. 

Our voice pedagogy cultivates awareness of voice function for healthy, expressive and free singing in African American singing traditions from the foundation of many styles of American singing; including jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, rock, pop, and country. Our dance pedagogy uses African American dance traditions to increase kinesthetic, spatial, and musical awareness, and out theater pedagogy uses holistic body, mind and spirit methodology and a variety of socially conscious literature to train youth in diction, articulation, moment to moment acting and breath work. 

Get to know Jazz Power’s youth programs teaching artists at the Jazz Power Youth Fall Auditions.

Dr. Eli Yamin is a pianist, composer, educator, founder, managing and artistic director of Jazz Power Initiative, an NYC based non-profit that transforms lives through jazz arts education and performance. He has released eight CD’s featuring his compositions, published three youth-centered jazz musicals in four languages and performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and over 20 countries as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Rooted in the belief that the blues belongs front and center in the American music academy, Eli wrote a book, So You Want to Sing the Blues: A Guide For Performers, published by Rowman and Littlefield in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He earned his doctorate in jazz piano from Stony Brook University, his master’s in music education from Lehman College, is a level III certified voice teacher in Somatic Voicework ™, a voting NARAS member and a Steinway artist.

Dancer/Choreographer Mickey Davidson won an Audelco award for choreography of the 20 th anniversary of “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” directed by Ntozake Shange. She joined Dianne McIntyre’s groundbreaking “Sounds In Motion” in 1975 and danced with the company for eight years. She has worked closely with jazz artists Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, the World Saxophone Quartet and was mentored by original Savoy Ballroom dancers Frankie Manning and Norma Miller. A beloved New York veteran of arts education, Ms. Davidson has an extensive background in African American dance styles, and held a joint appointment with the Dance Department and African-American Studies at Wesleyan University for 17 years. In addition to teaching with Jazz Power Initiative, she teaches at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp in New Orleans and is a passionate advocate for making cultural jazz dance traditions available to the next generation.

Antoinette Montague, “Jazz Woman to the Rescue”, is an esteemed senior teaching artist, an Award Winning jazz and blues singer and entertainer who has performed internationally as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Antoinette led Jazz Power Initiative’s first residency at Administration for Children’s Services earlier this year, has attended multiple Jazz Power Initiative Training Institutes, and is a Level III Certified Teacher of Somatic Voicework, the LoVetri Method (™). She is a WHCR radio host and educator at Jazz Power Initiative, The New School, Marymount College Manhattan, Newark School of the Arts, Music on the Inside and Jazzmobile. She is the co-producer and host of the zoom series “Music While We’re Inside,” becoming the first person to produce jazz on zoom and to suggest doing so throughout the jazz community, since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Ms. Montague is also in the process of developing Jazz Woman to the Rescue Radio Station, is host on Heat FM radio and a member of the WBGO Community Advisory Board. She has mentored dozens of young jazz musicians and vocalists over the past twenty years passing on the knowledge of her experience and what she learned from her mentors Carrie Smith and Etta Jones. Her latest CD is “World Peace in the Key of Jazz,” with Danny Mixon, Paul Beaudry, Winard Harper, Jay Hoggard, and King Solomon Hicks.

Jazz Power Initiative is an uptown, New York City-based not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to ignite the power of jazz arts education to transform lives by fostering self-expression, leadership, collaboration and diversity. Led by highly experienced teaching artists who are award-winning jazz, theater and dance professionals, JPI offers multidisciplinary training, scholarships and performance opportunities to New York City youth, ages 10-25, from every economic and social milieu through our “open-door” policy, with extended outreach to students in under-served New York City public schools in Upper Manhattan. We currently engage over 500 students and their teachers annually, providing after-school instruction mainly in Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood (where our offices are located) and the Bronx.