For the first time, LEAF Schools & Streets will continue programming for the LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House through the summer, just in time for their next performance at the 3rd Annual LEAF Benefit of Culture on August 8th at Highland Brewing Company.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the jazz band, with a trip to New Orleans for a master class with Preservation Hall, a performance at the Congo Square Jazz Festival, and a local performance at 5 Walnut Wine Bar. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hanes Foundation, a summer of focused learning from jazz extraordinaire and teaching artist, Gary Bradley, will enable the jazz kids to continue their growth as blossoming musicians.
“I think what we need to do is practice more, so we can get better,” said tenth grade tenor saxophonist Matt Young. At an award ceremony at 5 Walnut this spring, Matt received his very own tenor saxophone along with 7th grade alto sax player, Kaliq Moore. Through the generosity of band supporters, like 5 Walnut Wine Bar owner, Matt Logan, these two young musicians can now practice at home and experience the sense of pride that comes with instrument ownership.
With Benefit of Culture just around the bend, the LEAF Jazz Band at Delta House will be ready to perform. “It makes you feel awesome! It's exciting, and you get to play in front of a whole bunch of people...” said Matt.