Monday, February 17, 2014

Kids will be...(...musicians and people of quality through music education programs like the JECC offers, right, Allen Kanovsky?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 02/17/14 #1 That is until they come under the guidance and tutelage of Nicole Yarling and Wendy Pedersen. Then they are transformed into JAZZ musicians. Last night at the Old Dillard Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, 'kids' from 11 years old to 18 played a JAZZ concert for family, friends and fans. Elementary, Middle and High schools were all represented. This is part of a program by Nicole, Wendy and Jim Gasior and known as JECC (JAZZ Educators Community Coalition). They hold weekly workshops for aspiring musicians.

The JAZZ Encounter band had Gabriel Flores,17,(guitar), Calvin Gay,14,(bass), Alex Gay,12,(bass), Ms, Sydney Henry,16,(drums), David Hernandez,16,(bass), Anthony Hervey,16,(trumpet), Andrew Hyde,16, (guitar), Conner Monroe, 11,(sax), Ian Munoz,11,(sax), Ms. Carla Robinson,18,(piano), Miguel Russell,11, (congas) and Keanu Yarima,17,(Bari). The charts they played covered the genres of JAZZ from swing to bop. "Donna Lee", "A Night In Tunisia", "In A Mellow Tone", "Body and Soul", "Anthropology", "Take the A Train" and "Song For My Father". Wendy and Nicole, vocal and violin, respectively, took the stage to do "Funny Valentine" accompanied by Gabriel Flores (guitar). Each of these young artists had a chance to "show off" their talents with solos. I have listened to Ian Munoz when the sax was almost bigger than him and Miguel Russell when his head barely came above the top of the congas. Anthony Hervey's solo on "Anthropology" was an example of youthful talent. All of these youngsters are the future of our native American art form and represent it well. There were performances by "Harmonies of Hope" which featured solo vocal presentations by Jamarcus Riggins (In Love With Another Woman), Davian Jones (I Look To You), Natalina Cummings (All of Me) and Mikayla Queeley doing a very cute "Gimme, Gimme". Hip-hop and Rap was represented by Justin Vargas and Dominique Kenjaysider. Justin did a rap line dedicated to his recently deceased father. Music that comes from the heart and soul of performance artists is always beautiful, regardless of genre. Each of the performers, last night, did their best to provide the audience with pleasure. They did it for me.

For more info on the JECC contact Nicole Yarling at  

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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