Point of View

February 24, 2010, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Education

Thirty students from 11 Miami Dade County Public High Schools were the stars of the show on Friday February 12th in the Carnival Studio Theater.  Playing many jazz standards including “When I Fall in Love” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” the Jazz Roots Student All Stars played to a near-capacity crowd in a special concert that was the culmination of a week-long arts-education residency with jazz great Ed Calle.  

With only 11 hours of rehearsal and lots of practice at home, the young people pulled out all the stops and played 12 songs for an enthusiastic crowd of friends, family and members of the community.  Under the expert direction of Mr. Calle, the solo and ensemble performances earned a standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert. 

The Jazz Roots All Stars, which required an audition to win a seat in the band, is a performance component of the jazz programs in the county schools and the Jazz Roots education initiative, which also includes behind-the scenes look at a pre-concert sound-check and free tickets to the concert that follows, plus discussions with acclaimed musicians, and individual and ensemble coaching by jazz professionals.


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