5TH ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ JAZZ EDUCATION WEEK
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY / INTERNATIONAL JAZZ WEEK APRIL 23 to 28, 2018
The 5th Annual Santa Cruz Jazz Education Week & International Jazz Day Concert (April 28, 2018 – Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf) will be held in partnership with UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day which is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month.
This great week of events brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts to celebrate and learn about jazz music’s roots and history, as well as its wide-reaching impact and enduring influence.
Prince Lawsha and international artists have opened the ears and minds of over 2,000 Santa Cruz county students to the world of Jazz. From Elementary to Middle and High School students, as well as those in juvenile detention, students learn to appreciate the music and the high caliber accomplished musicians during intimate workshops and whole school concert presentations. Organized by Prince Lawsha of QS Productions, Lifeforce Jazz, JazzlLine Institute and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the collaborative developed the Jazz Education Music Week project to enhance cross-cultural awareness of Jazz, America’s “National Treasure” and the lack of music and art throughout Santa Cruz County schools (due to education funding cutbacks). Superintendent Michael Watkins has been a key supporter of Jazz Education week for the past years.
2018 JAZZ EDUCATION WEEK – BRINGING JAZZ TO OUR LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
- Harbor High School, Santa Cruz – Monday, April 23rd – 11:15am to 12 noon.
- Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz – Tuesday, April 24th – 9:30am to 10:20.
- Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley – Wednesday, April 25th – 12 noon to 1:15.
- Soquel Elementary School, Soquel – Thursday, April 26th – 1:45pm to 3:15pm.
- Sequoia School, Freedom – Friday, April 27th – 10am to 11am.
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY at SANTA CRUZ WHARF
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 FROM 12:00 to 5:00 PM
An extension of International Jazz Day (worldwide), the City of Santa Cruz joins the global celebrations of Jazz concerts at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The daylong festivities are in part by supported by Santa Cruz Mayor, David J. Terrazas and Martine Watkins, Vice Mayor and the Arts Council of Santa Cruz. Promoting jazz music’s strong positive values, which include peace, intercultural dialogue and cooperation between nations, Saturday’s concerts will headline:
World renown Jazz Steel Drummer, ANDY NARELL – 3pm to 5pm
Andy’s band will consist of:
Murry Low on Piano, David Flores on Drums, Gary Brown on Bass and Jesus Diaz on Percussion.
Santa Cruz Jazz Allstars – 12:00 to 2PM
The band will consist of:
Sundra Manning on Organ, Calvin Keys on Guitar, Geechi Taylor on Trumpet, Dawan Muhammad on Tenor Sax and Prince Lawsha on Drums.
Special Intermission Guest: Tara Firezi – Tap Dancer and Duo
City of Santa Cruz,
Arts Council of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Cabinet Town Cabinets
The Starving Musician
MORE EXCITING SPONSORS TO BE ANNOUNCED