We want to record a CD of an original jazz musical, Holding the Torch for Liberty, the story of the fight for women's suffrage.
What We Are Raising Money For:
We are set to record a jazz musical called Holding the Torch for Liberty, the story of the fight for women’s suffrage. Holding the Torch for Liberty retells the epic true story of the battle that women in this country waged to win the right to vote. It is an immensely important historical event that few children know about. The original score has a ragtime, New Orleans and early swing feel. Once the recording is complete, children around the world will have a greater opportunity to learn about jazz music, democracy, and the idea of equality by participating in a unique theatrical experience.
The funds we need will be used to pay for musicians including a children’s choir, vocal coaches, rehearsals, recording and mastering expenses and CD artwork & production. 35 musical tracks will be recorded featuring New Orleans clarinet sensation Evan Christopher, violinist Sara Caswell, trombonist Chris Washburne, bassist Nicki Parrott, drummer Stefan Schatz and pianist Eli Yamin. Like the CD recording of Nora’s Ark, this fully produced recording will serve as a CD reference for all future productions in schools and arts venues around the world. The recorded instrumental versions will serve as music for productions if groups do not have a live band accompanying the actors / singers.
Who We Are:
The Jazz Drama Program (JDP) was founded in 2003 by jazz composer and educator, Eli Yamin and teacher, Clifford Carlson. The JDP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts organization that writes original jazz musicals for children to perform for their peers. The JDP creates new jazz theater works that tell stories children can relate to. Our musicals provide new high quality, age-appropriate musical theatre performance opportunities for young people by introducing jazz as a vibrant means of expression.
Why It Is Important:
The field of jazz education has grown steadily in the past 50 years. The primary focus of much of the effort has been on instrumental instruction and the creation of jazz bands in schools, but practically no programs exist for children who don’t play an instrument. By developing stories which use the language of jazz, not just the music but in the whole aesthetic, the JDP has been able to give a wider range of children who have otherwise no exposure to jazz, a deep, and fulfilling jazz experience.
After participating in The Jazz Drama Program's jazz musicals, children are more apt to listen to and be receptive to jazz music. They also gain some background knowledge of the music's history and the context in which the music is performed.
Seventh grader Tatiana performed in Holding the Torch for Liberty. Tatiana writes:
"I learned that in 1920 women had it tough. If it wasn't for their boldness, power, optimism and courage, women wouldn't have the rights they have now. This experience has changed me by allowing me to visualize through dance and music, [sic] it helps you find your inner voice and soul, it keeps you motivated on the weekends and it teaches you to be focused and to concentrate."
We've already raised more than half of our total funding and we need $8,000 more to fully fund this project.
Because we are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, all donations / contributions are tax deductible (minus the value of the reward, e.g. CD).
The Jazz Drama Program thanks you for your generous support and giving children a chance to experience jazz. For us, there is nothing more fulfilling than helping children to learn about and love music and the arts. Being a part of our program as a backer will help to reinforce the proclamation that we can all make a real difference in the lives of children.
Thank you for joining with us and please spread the word.
"...the hippest move in secondary education, ever!" (Jazz TImes)
The Jazz Drama Program Web site
Frequently Asked Questions about The Jazz Drama Program
A documentary on the making of Nora's Ark CD
Music samples from Nora's Ark CD
A documentary on The Jazz Drama Program & "Message from Saturn"
A White Paper explaining The Jazz Drama Program's approach
Eli Yamin's Web site
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 31, 2011.
Nov 1, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011
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Our sincerest gratitude and the knowledge that your single dollar will go towards enriching the lives of children about jazz music, democracy, and the idea of equality for all.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Receive a big Thank You! from us on The Jazz Drama Program website and a sticker showing the cover artwork for the Holding the Torch for Liberty CD.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $25 or more
All of the above + receive a copy of the completed Holding the Torch for Liberty CD.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
All of the above + receive a pair of tickets to the Holding the Torch for Liberty CD release party in New York City. This will be a fun event. There will be live music, and most likely a short film about the making of the CD and how it will be used to enrich children's lives. We did it last year for our Nora’s Ark CD and everyone had a great time.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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All of the above + 4 more tickets to the Holding the Torch for Liberty CD release party.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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All of the above + a personally autographed Holding the Torch for Liberty CD and poster.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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All of the above + receive a special "Thank You" mention from us on the CD.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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All of the above + receive Executive Producer credit on the CD, as well as an invitation for two to the recording session of the CD at the world famous Avatar Studios in Manhattan. The recording is set for late November/early December. Grammy Award winning recording engineer, Jim Anderson will be there to help explain the events as they unfold.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $10,000 or more
All of the above + appear on camera in the upcoming documentary, "Enriching Children's Lives"- on the making of the CD. You will also be credited in the film which will be premiered at the CD release party in May 2012.Estimated delivery: May 2012