JAZZREACH CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF CULTIVATING YOUNG MUSIC FANS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

October 13, 2014



NYC-BASED ARTS EDUCATION NON-PROFIT JAZZREACH ANNOUNCES ITS 2014-2015 NATIONAL TOURING SEASON. U.S. TOUR TO 30 CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL INTRODUCE 40,000 YOUNG PEOPLE TO LIVE JAZZ MUSIC

Celebrating 20 years of bringing live jazz music to school-aged children across the country, the acclaimed New York City-based non-profit, JazzReach, Inc. (www.jazzreach.org) will kick off its 2014-2015 National Touring Season on October 6, 2014 in St. Louis, MO. The season will feature over 60 performances of JazzReach’s all-original live multi-media educational programs for young audiences along with numerous clinics and master classes for student musicians and main stage concerts for general audiences. Events will take place in partnership with major performing arts presenters in nearly every region of the country, from its home base in the Northeast to Southern California, hitting a total of 30 communities around the United States. The goal of this season of JazzReach is to introduce more than 40,000 school-aged children to live jazz music.

“Jazz music has achieved great stature throughout the world as an indigenous American art form,” says JazzReach Founder/ Executive-Artistic Director, Hans Schuman. “Nevertheless, despite having been declared a ‘national treasure’ by the U.S. Congress in 1987, jazz goes largely overlooked by mainstream popular media and limited time and funding prohibit the subject from being included in most students' standard social science curriculums. As a result, new audiences for the art form are not being widely cultivated.” That is where JazzReach, and its resident ensemble, Metta Quintet (for which Schuman is the drummer) come in.

As a means of creating a love of live performance, JazzReach offers a wide range of informative, engaging, all-original supplementary educational programs and services of the highest quality that aim to ensure that as many young people as possible have access and opportunities to learn about the art form and experience it in its most potent of contexts – live and in person, in real music venues.

For the full schedule of performances, please to go: http://www.jazzreach.org/schedule.html

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