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The Junior Jazz Foundation was formed to preserve jazz through education and live performance. The spirit of the Junior Jazz Foundation is to make sure that schools and promising young artists get the instruments, music lessons, and facilities they need.  It ensures that young musicians are endowed with scholarships to fulfill their American musical heritage.

The Foundation sponsors great jazz performances for everyone to enjoy at the musical showcase, The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, Bob Masteller’s Jazz for All Ages Annual Festival, Hilton Head Jazz Camp and outreach venues throughout the Lowcountry. It is proven that young people who play jazz stay on the right track. They learn teamwork, concentration and excellence through effort and the joy of performance.

The Junior Jazz Foundation is lead by a board of directors and volunteers. All their energy is focused on the education of our great young rising stars and excellence in live jazz performance.

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GIVE AN OLD INSTRUMENT NEW LIFE!

The Foundation collects and pays to refurbish old instruments so that they become a key element of a students musical, educational and developmental journey. Donating an instrument today is a huge contribution to the Foundation and it’s easy to do.

Click here to download a gift receipt for your donation. You can then mail the instrument to the address on the form or drop it off at The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island. Click here for directions.

 

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HH Jazz Camp is already approaching 20 registered students after less than one month of registration! Between the jazz clinic for aspiring young musicians, premier Hilton Head Jazz Camp and Hilton Head Jazz Guitar Institute - there is something for you!

Visit hhjazzcamp.com to find out more and register for an incredible summer music experience!
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2 weeks ago

Junior Jazz Foundation

The Jazz Corner is honored to present the Monty Alexander Trio Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019, Hilton Head Island, SC!

Quentin E. Baxter - drums
Hassan Shakur - bass

For information:
843-842-8620
#thejazzcornerhhi

In a career spanning more than five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.
In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador.

A true jazz legend, Monty Alexander still tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated [piano] voicing, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Alexander has been cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s 88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.

Alexander and his family came to the United States at the end of 1961. Less than two years later, while playing in Las Vegas with Art Mooney’s orchestra, he caught the eye of New York City club owner Jilly Rizzo and his friend, Frank Sinatra. Rizzo hired the young pianist to work in his club, Jilly’s, where Alexander’s trio swung until the wee hours of the morning for Sinatra, and mix of celebrities and iconic jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, and Roy Haynes. He soon became friends wth Quincy Jones and performed and recorded with vibraphonist Milt Jackson and legendary bassist Ray Brown. Alexander recorded and performed with the two jazz giants on many occasions. However, it was piano giant Oscar Peterson who recommended Alexander to Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, the proprietor of Germany’s MPS label, for which he made a dozen records between 1971 and 1985.

By 1977, Alexander was internationally recognized as an upper-echelon master, deeply influenced by Ray Brown’s “let’s party all night” approach to the piano trio function, as documented on two early ‘70s dates with bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Bobby Durham (We’ve Only Just Begun and Perception) and another two with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton (The Way It Is and Montreux Alexander), then rising stars, with whom he spent, by his estimate, 300 days a year on the road during their 1976-1978 association.

Alexander went on to record fifteen sessions on the Concord label between 1978 and 1996 that presented him in swinging trio contexts – five dates on which Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis reprised the roles they played with Oscar Peterson’s drummer-less trio of the ‘50s; effervescent sessions with Brown and drummers Hamilton [Jeff] or Frank Gant; a reunion with Clayton and Hamilton; a meeting with Clayton and former Peterson drummer Ed Thigpen titled The River that addressed spirituals and hymns; another project on which bassist John Patitucci and drummer Troy Davis flow through repertoire that Alexander played at Jilly’s Bar.

To date Monty Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader. His collaboration with the Telarc label yielded trio sessions (Impressions in Blue) and live concert recordings (Goin’ Yard). In the late summer of 2005, Alexander traveled to Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, and teamed up with Jamaican top session players to record Concrete Jungle, a set of twelve compositions penned by Bob Marley and reinterpreted via Alexander’s jazz piano oriented arrangements.

As a testament to his versatility, The Good Life, on Chesky Records is a collection of songs written and popularized by one of his all-time favorite artists and good friends, Tony Bennett. His second release on Chesky, Calypso Blues, pays tribute to another one of his heroes, Nat “King” Cole.

“In our home, Nat Cole was the voice of America,” says Alexander. “I grew up learning Nat Cole’s songs, without knowing the titles, even before I knew about Sinatra…My awareness of his piano playing came later; it was just that smooth voice.”

In 2008, with the invitation of Wynton Marsalis, Alexander conceived and directed the acclaimed program “Lords of the West Indies” at Jazz at Lincoln Center, broadcast nationally on BETJ. Alexander returned to Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2009 with a new program, “Harlem-Kingston Express”, which he merged classic jazz with rhythms and vibrations of his native Jamaica.

Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift and Uplift 2, a pair of deep-swinging navigations of the American Songbook on JLP Records, and the 2012 Grammy Award nominated Harlem-Kingston Express: LIVE, and its 2014 Soul Train Award nominated follow up, Harlem Kingston Express 2: The River Rolls On, both on Motema Music. The band on both recordings is a double trio – Hassan Shakur on contrabass with either Herlin Riley or Obed Calvaire on drums, and Jamaicans Glen Browne or Courtney Panton on electric bass with Karl Wright on drums. Between the two collections, Alexander has dominated the US radio charts with three #1 spots in 2011, as not only Uplift remained at #1 for several weeks, but Harlem-Kingston Express: Live! rose to #1 on both Jazz and on World Music charts concurrently.

“I was always connecting one thing with another: ‘Wait a minute, that sounded like that.’ That’s why, even now, it’s one world of music for me. I try to remove all the lines. Even though I do this thing and that thing and another thing, at the end of the day it’s Monty Alexander. I still seem to make people happy.” – Monty Alexander

During the Stuttgart Jazz Festival in the summer of 2012, Monty Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, A Life for Jazz. In 2015, the great modern pianist Donald Vega released With Respect To Monty, which included his interpretations of seven Alexander compositions.

Furthermore, 2019 will mark the tenth edition of the namesake Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, MD, for which he has served as Artistic Director and perennial performer every Labor Day weekend since 2010.
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1 month ago

Junior Jazz Foundation

February 8 & 9, 2019

The Jazz Corner is honored to present the QUENTIN BAXTER QUINTET featuring Quentin E. Baxter, drums & percussion
With Charlton Singleton, trumpet
Mark Sterbank, saxophones
Demetrius Doctor, piano
Brett Belanger, acoustic bass

Friday & Saturday, February 8-9, 2019
Sets are 7:30pm & 9:15pm
THE JAZZ CORNER
1000 William Hilton Parkway
The Village at Wexford, C-1
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

For information and reservations:
+1.843.842.8620
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2 months ago

Junior Jazz Foundation

Programs for Exceptional People
Today we kicked off a very exciting program that has been months in the making! The Jazz Corner and Junior Jazz Foundation very generously donated several instruments to PEP to start our very own music program. The hope is to have volunteers come in and teach members lessons in piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, drums, etc. so we can eventually have our own concerts. The beautiful grand piano you see in the video is from the 1920’s and was personally donated by a PEP supporter. We are so thankful for the generous and supportive community that makes these programs happen for us!

Mr. Charlie, a PEP vocational instructor, and Mr. Ray, a volunteer, got the members groovin’ today! And check out Matthew on vocals! 🔥

Stay tuned for more updates 😊🎹🎻🥁🎤
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3 months ago

Junior Jazz Foundation

www.artshhi.com/performance-shows/jazz-vibes-showcase?#emlnl=partner_offer_deals ...

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