Following the successful completion of an online performance practice course that served students nationwide, the New York Youth Symphony Jazz (NYYS Jazz) program and Director Andy Clausen announced today that it will continue an online format for the duration of the 2020/2021 season.
Beginning in mid-January, 2021, NYYS Jazz will bring together students between the ages of 12 to 22 together for rehearsals, sectionals, and masterclasses with renowned artists, including Mr. Clausen’s own jazz quartet, The Westerlies. Together students will study and record repertoire from the canon of big band, swing music. In addition, they will work closely with guest vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, with whom they will record music written by Ms. Charles, set to the texts of Maya Angelou.
Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, originally scheduled to perform with the band in May at the Times Center, will also work closely with the students to record and release music inspired by New Orleans To round out the educational offerings, NYYS Jazz students will receive guidance on adapting to life as a post-COVID musician, including training on recording, sound production and editing, and career coaching. // Continue to the full article