2011 SCJ first place high school jazz band - Dillard Center for the Arts. Your support will allow this program to continue!
SWING CENTRAL JAZZ connects hundreds of talented high school jazz musicians from across the United States each year with some of the greatest living jazz masters, including Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, John Clayton, Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon and many more.
In its sixth season and produced by the Savannah Music Festival, SWING CENTRAL JAZZ includes three days of intensive workshops, performances and a public competition – all aimed at developing young musicians in order to preserve and advance jazz music.
What is the project?
In 2009, we received a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (thank you!) to create an innovative website for jazz education, to bring all the benefits of our SWING CENTRAL JAZZ program to young musicians across the country.
So we filmed more than 55 hours of footage and interviews by 20 world-class jazz masters and university educators. From this, we created a unique website featuring nearly 90 free video lessons by these well-known jazz artists at www.SwingCentralJazz.org. Users are able to click on a topic (practice, rehearsal, performance, and inspiration) to access numerous videos of the jazz masters providing one-on-one instruction – essentially passing on skills they have learned through decades of experience. The website can be accessed by anyone and is free of charge to use. We’ve also produced a 40-minute documentary film called “You Got to Swing” which provides an intimate look at the SWING CENTRAL JAZZ program.
Why is funding needed?
We were able to create the first round of video lessons and the documentary through an initial $97,000 in grant funding, but more support is needed in order to create the next series of lessons from our 2011-2012 SWING CENTRAL JAZZ program.
Kickstarter funding will be directly used to schedule 2011-2012 SWING CENTRAL JAZZ professional musicians, to record the program on film, and to edit & create a new series of video lessons from both 2012 and recently captured 2011 footage.
Why are we doing this?
Simply put, we’re working to ensure that jazz has a place among the next generation of musicians. It is important to develop this second round of video lessons in order to build a comprehensive collection of material that directly connects musicians everywhere with professional jazz masters.
How can you help?
Our $25,000 goal posted is the minimum needed for this next step in the process, and anything beyond will only serve to further our mission. Once we have the second round of video lessons complete, we can promote the website to schools and jazz organizations nationwide, ensuring that this invaluable material reaches those for whom it has been created.
PLUS, all contributions are tax-deductible (minus the market value of the gift).
Read the bios of our amazing team of jazz clinicians at swingcentraljazz.org/community/clinicians and click through the site to see what your support is helping to accomplish!
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