LEAF Delta Jazz is
Since 2011, the Jazz group has expanded and grown. Our community partner, Delta House Life Development, is so thrilled with the progress the kids have made. “The difference this program has made is beyond words” says Sheila Edwards, Delta House staffer and lead supporter. “These kids are more inspired to stay in school and they KNOW they can be successful- it’s all thanks to jazz and Mr. B.” Mr. B and Katie, his assistant, teach the youth three times a week to make the biggest impact and create the best chance to learn music skills. Some kids have only been coming for less than two months and others have been coming since it started.
Kaliq Moore has been coming since 2011 and has been empowered by his jazz classes. Once a shy kid who could not speak in front of others, he now solos with the band. “It means the world to me,” Kaliq says of his experience with LEAF Delta Jazz. The experiences he has gotten through the LEAF classes and opportunities to perform have opened up his mind and world to music. He has visited professional recording studios, attended master class at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and has recently gotten an internship with Moog Music! He now sees himself as a young professional musician. LEAF looks forward to the day he headlines the LEAF stage with his own band! LEAF has made 100% IMPACT.
2013 Trip to New Orleans: Highlights
The LEAF Delta Jazz Band recently embarked upon a journey to the heart of jazz music and cultural traditions, in the city of New Orleans, where jazz was born. The blossoming musicians spent spring break performing at the historic Congo Square Festival, sharpening their skills with a master class at Preservation Hall and later dancing to a live performance performed by their mentors.
The LEAF Delta band opened the festival to a crowd of cheers and later witnessed the infamous Battle of the Bands, a second line competition of area middle and high school musicians judged by legendary jazz musicians, including Preservation Hall’s Ben Jaffe.
After a full day of performance, dancing to African drums and learning from the infamous Maynard Chatters of Preservation Hall, the LEAF Delta Jazz Band and their crew gathered for a delicious home cooked New Orleans meal at the Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Restaurant and Gallery.
Surrounded by hand sewn beaded and feathered masks and suits worn by Mardi Gras Indians, the jazz band and crew learned more about the thriving culture of New Orleans from Mardi Gras Indian and Zulu Connection performer, Shaka Zulu.
A bus tour of New Orleans led the jazz band to the House of Dance and Feathers in the Lower 9thWard, where they learned about Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the residents of New Orleans. Museum founder and Mardi Gras Indian, Ronald Lewis shared his story of his winning struggle to preserve the history and culture of New Orleans to an awe-stricken and appreciative crowd.
Thanks to the amazing support from the LEAF community, The LEAF Delta Jazz Band has returned from their Spring Break trip to the Big Easy, where they had the AMAZING opportunity to learn from the Grammy Award winning Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at the historic Congo Square Festival!
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama
LEAF would alos like to extend a very special thank you to our “Cultural Concierges”, Bill Taylor and The Real New Orleans for taking extra special care of us while showing us around in New Orleans! YOU helped us reach our fundraising goal! LEAF Delta Jazz Band went to New Orleans for Spring Break! Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. A very special thank you to 5 Walnut Wine Bar, The Laurel of Asheville, The Asheville Citizen-Times, and the amazing LEAF community.
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