Education and Outreach

In addition to sustaining the longstanding festival tradition, Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, a 501(c ) (3 ) not-for-profit organization and proud winner of the 2016 Clearwater Regional Chamber’s Judge’s Choice Nonprofit of the Year, delivers year-round innovative programs, exciting performance opportunities, special funding, and creative learning experiences.

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SPECIAL PROGRAM ADAPTATIONS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation has developed creative ways to carry on its mission of celebrating the art form of jazz with meaningful music appreciation and instructional experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Virtual Adaptation – Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions

FREE MUSIC LESSONS and MASTER CLASS INSTRUCTIONAL SESSIONS courtesy of Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation!

CJH’s Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions is a unique, inspirational, instructional experience for students, connecting them with university jazz educators and professionals at a main event in December and in-schools during the year.

CJH is pleased to announce a virtual adaptation of this program engaging our family of musicians to offer live instrument lessons for beginners of all ages or those interested in getting reacquainted with their instrument as well as Master Class Sessions designed for more intermediate/advanced players and professionals.

All lessons are offered at no cost, use the Zoom platform, and are approximately ½ hour in length.

The schedule of live sessions and Zoom information to join each session will be posted here.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks our supporters who have contributed to expanding the reach of this special Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions “Virtual” adaptation including our friends at Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association and Pinellas Realtor Organization and Central Pasco Association of Realtors.

SESSION RECAPS

Date: Wednesday May 6, 2020
Instrument: Rhythm Section (Piano, Bass, Drums )
Instructors: La Lucha (John O’Leary, Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman )
Topic: History of Rhythm Section; Collaboration among Artists
Session Recap: https://youtu.be/7suUXJxaGfg

Date: Thursday May 7, 2020
Instrument: Guitar
Instructor: JJ Patishall
Topic: Introduction to Jazz Guitar
Session Recap: https://youtu.be/P0RDfvv-CGk

Date: Monday May 11, 2020
Instrument: Trombone
Instructors: Tyler Wertman and Frank Williams
Topic: Basic Trombone Fundamentals -  Long Tones & Lip Slurs
Session Recap: https://youtu.be/VV-60HA3WIQ

Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructor: James Suggs
Topic: Setting and Achieving a Goal
Session Recap: https://youtu.be/mDFOp5PoAbg

Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Instructor: Austin Vickrey
Topic: An Approach to Playing Lead Alto Saxophone
Session Materials
Session Recap: https://youtu.be/soCwYzz46iY

Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Instrument: Tenor Sax
Instructor: Jeremy Carter
Topic: Tenor Sax Basics
Session Recap: Coming Soon

Date: Thursday May 14, 2020
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructor: Dwayne White
Topic: Basic Trumpet Fundamentals
Session Recap: Coming Soon

Date: Monday May 18, 2020
Instrument: Saxophone
Instructor: Butch Thomas
Topic: Basic Approach to Jazz Improvisation
Session Recap: Coming Soon

Date: Tuesday May 19, 2020
Instrument: Bass
Instructor: Alejandro Arenas
Topic: Bass Styles: An Approach to Playing Swing, Funk & More
Session Recap:  https://youtu.be/CKnL7HPoHLo

Date: Wednesday May 20, 2020
Instrument: All Instruments Welcome
Instructor: Pete Carney
Topic: Practicing “Safer at Home” Advanced Improvisation with Simple Tech
Session Materials:
Presentation
Drone File
Strange Decisions Play Along
Session Recap: https://youtu.be/Q2RlUE-1edo

Date: Thursday May 21, 2020
Instrument: Trombone
Instructors: Tyler Wertman and Frank Williams
Topic: Basic Trombone Fundamentals -  Tonguing & Articulation
Session Recap: Coming Soon

Date: Tuesday May 26, 2020
Instrument: Bass
Instructor: Alejandro Arenas
Topic: Bass Styles: An Approach to Playing Brazilian & Latin Grooves
Session Recap: Coming Soon

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Date: Wednesday May 27, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructor: James Suggs
Topic: Developing Your Own Sound
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 810 2310 7271
Password: 740606
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81023107271?pwd=L3ZQZHNRdmw2d3JzUTU4Uk1US09lUT09

 

Date: Thursday May 28, 2020
Time: 3:00PM
Instrument: Saxophone
Instructor: Butch Thomas
Topic: A Daily Practice Regimen for the Serious Player
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 829 3350 1666
Password: 607243
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82933501666?pwd=ZXFBNGt3OUxHTnY0Yko0VHlZSjN1dz09

 

Date: Thursday May 28, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Trombone
Instructors: Tyler Wertman and Frank Williams
Topic: Basic Trombone Fundamentals -  Major Scale & Arpeggios Practice
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 854 5423 8716
Password: 763297
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85454238716?pwd=TkNFaGlFb2JxZ1FscDRiZXl0MWRWZz09

 

Date: Thursday May 28, 2020
Time: 5:30PM
Instrument: Drums
Instructor: Mark Feinman
Topic: The Quarter Note System: A Rhythmic Guide to Creativity 
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 893 2484 7085
Password: 502744
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89324847085?pwd=djhqcnJqSXFMWjFmT0x6VzRNaTBrUT09

 

Date: Monday  June 1, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Piano
Instructor: John O’Leary
Topic: An Approach to Jazz Harmony on Piano
Zoom Info: TBD

 

Date: Tuesday June 2, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Bass
Instructor: Alejandro Arenas
Topic: Bass Sound: From Pickups & Amps to Technique & More
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 834 9740 2000
Password: 147626
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83497402000?pwd=WHhJVkJiYWVVZEZnNmdjVzhZSXVDdz09

 

Date: Wednesday June 3, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructor: James Suggs
Topic: Improving Your Technique
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 834 1929 7660
Password: 283951
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83419297660?pwd=OXNlZmxUb3N2OE1rT3lBQzU5bWwzQT09

 

Date: Wednesday June 3, 2020
Time: 5:30PM
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructor: Dwayne White
Topic: Using Melody in Improvisation
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 863 1684 4998
Password: 447588
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86316844998?pwd=SUg0ZjlpQzZYY0J0Vmg5M0dEK1RpQT09

 

 

Date: Thursday June 4, 2020
Time: 3:00PM
Instrument: Saxophone (all instruments welcome )
Instructor: Butch Thomas
Topic:  Learning Head Charts - Beginning Jazz Standards (Part I )
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 823 9069 6499
Password: 043326
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82390696499?pwd=Q2YwaEt1U0djaWwwdmU1VTNic2czdz09

 

Date: Thursday June 4, 2020
Time: 4:00PM
Instrument: Drums
Instructors: Mark Feinman
Topic: Exploring Triplets: Comping, Soloing, & Coordination
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 857 5120 4234
Password: 612900
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85751204234?pwd=eEkrdUlKS3Y1M3VLWkhnSXJ1UWxRQT09

 

Date: Monday June 8, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Drums
Instructor: Mark Feinman
Topic: Playing Better with Brushes: How, When, Why, & Where
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 863 4087 5658
Password: 613581
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86340875658?pwd=S3UySXk2cmdnZ0U4enpSTkpKb0dzdz09

 

Date: Tuesday June 9, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Piano
Instructor: John O’Leary
Topic: Piano Technique in Jazz
Zoom Info: TBD

 

Date: Wednesday June 10, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructors: James Suggs & Dwayne White
Topic: Why Listening to Music is Important
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 863 9693 0480
Password: 089110
Meeting link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86396930480?pwd=OFBNbXYvNEI3R2JGb0RuenR2Q3pHQT09

 

Date: Monday June 15, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Saxophone (all instruments welcome )
Instructor: Butch Thomas
Topic:  Learning Head Charts - Beginning Jazz Standards (Part II )
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 816 8458 2654
Password: 689743
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81684582654?pwd=ZlhTaHdXZ3NXZkVPQ0xNTHkvMVZqdz09

 

Date: Tuesday June 16, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Piano
Instructors: John O’Leary
Topic: How to Develop a Language for Improvisation on Piano
Zoom Info: TBD

 

Date: Wednesday June 17, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: Trumpet
Instructor: Dwayne White
Topic: Using Scales for Ideas
Zoom Info:
Meeting ID: 831 4473 1047
Password: 565076
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83144731047?pwd=Vngwb1RTdHZvbnYvRjc2SVpSYzdmZz09

 

Date: Tuesday June 23, 2020
Time: 4:30PM
Instrument: All Instruments Welcome
Instructors: John O’Leary
Topic:  How to Develop Rhythmic Ideas to Improvise Better
Zoom Info: TBD

Virtual Adaption – My Journey with Jazz Program

LEARN and ENJOY SOME JAZZ HISTORY for FREE and in CJH’s one-of-a-kind way!

CJH’s My Journey with Jazz Program is an out-of-classroom music mentoring program designed around a fun game/presentation delivered in after-care programs and summer camps at facilities in economically challenged and underserved communities.

CJH is pleased to announce a virtual adaption of this program engaging our family of musicians to present a series of short videos highlighting the people, places and music covered in the program together with some special curated playlists complementing the videos.

All videos will be posted on CJH’s YouTube Channel.

All corresponding curated playlists will be available on CJH’s Spotify Channel.

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Innovative Programs

Innovative initiatives are changing lives and providing special experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds, from the very young to the elderly and from varying socio-economic backgrounds.

History of Jazz Outreach Program

Interactive, musical presentations featuring local musicians offered to schools (including Title I ) and other special groups covering the culture, history, and feel of jazz and its evolution as a unique, American art form. CJH has impacted over 26,000 students with this innovative program and has also adapted it to provide meaningful experiences to older adults in our community, memory care centers, as well as organizations and schools serving people with special needs.

 

 

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks Pinellas Community Foundation, Pinellas Realtor Organization and Central Pasco Association of Realtors, Landon Korabek Foundation, Deeb Elder Law, and Rotary Club of Clearwater for supporting the History of Jazz Outreach Program.

My Journey with Jazz Program

Music mentoring program in a unique game format where students learn about important people, places and music that shaped the history of jazz. It delivers a fun and meaningful experience to afterschool and summer programs in economically challenged or underserved communities. What started as a pilot effort at the Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center has grown to serve many others including Mattie Williams NFC, High Point NFC, the Greater Regional Area Youth Development Initiative, Union Academy NFC, Sanderlin NFC and the Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks Duke Energy, Pinellas Community Foundation, Landon Korabek Foundation, Pinch A Penny and Seaside National Bank & Trust for supporting the My Journey with Jazz Program.

Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions

A one-of-a-kind instructional experience for Bay area jazz students with group clinics, master class sessions, and performance opportunities involving university jazz educators and local jazz professionals. The Program occurs at a main event every December as well as in schools throughout the year.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks UBS, Marcia P Hoffman School of the Arts, Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, St. Petersburg College and Yamaha for supporting the Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions.

Build-A-Guitar Program

An annual initiative designed to engage the greater family of CJH corporate partners and other supporters around a unique team building program where participating teams assemble special guitars which are donated to CJH outreach partners. CJH also provides onsite group guitar lessons throughout the year with these outreach partners, typically neighborhood family centers in economically challenged and underserved communities.

 

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks Best Corporate Events for donating its wonderful Build-A-Guitar® charitable program and giving the gift of music to young people in our community.

CJH Inspires

CJH identifies special opportunities to inspire young musicians with the gift of music. CJH collects donated instruments and also works with partners to help inspire young people to continue on their musical journey. Whether it is for a school jazz or band program, a committed student who may not otherwise be able to afford an instrument outside of the school system, or a dedicated proven talent, these gifts of beginner and professional grade instruments are a symbol of CJH’s strong belief in these young talents and the power of music to change lives.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks RS Berkley, Best Corporate Events, and others for helping to make a difference in the lives of many talented young performers.

Give Them a Stage & They Will Shine

CJH is known for showcasing young, incredibly talented, home-grown musicians, helping these aspiring artists to build confidence, hone their craft, and develop fans through special learning and performance opportunities. Whether at the festival, throughout the year at CJH events like the popular High Note Society monthly socials, or at special CJH corporate and outreach partner events, these experiences are invaluable opportunities for young musicians to network, promote their art, and develop important planning and communication habits. In many instances these artists enjoy an opportunity to play with more established professionals and also benefit from a paid gig!

 

If you or your organization have interest in featuring young musicians at your next event please email [email protected] and let’s give them a stage!

Special Funding

 CJH has a long history of providing special funding in support of youth music and jazz education.

Jazz & Band Programs

 This support includes annual contributions to middle and high school jazz ensembles and band programs participating in CJH’s History of Jazz Outreach Program, Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions, and School Give Back Program.

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Scholarships

 CJH also offers scholarships through the Pinellas Education Foundation to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a unique music background and/or aspirations for careers involving music as well as to other students with interests in various facets of event production. In 2019, CJH additionally launched the Frank T. Williams III Summer Camp Scholarships which create meaningful jazz camp opportunities throughout the state for deserving young music students.

Jazz Program at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts

Lastly, CJH celebrates its longtime partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall and is proud to provide annual funding to Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall to support its renowned youth jazz program so that very talented Bay area jazz students can learn at a high level and experience exciting year-round performance opportunities across the CJH platform including the festival every October.

Creative Learning Experiences

CJH offers unique, event-based learning experiences. Students in area high schools and universities participate in various facets of event production including photography, journalism, stage and video production, culinary arts, graphic design and merchandising.

The Art Institute of Tampa

CJH is proud of its longtime partnership with The Art Institute to create valuable, experiential learning and networking opportunities for its students. What started with culinary students at the festival has evolved into year-round activity and projects involving photography, videography, design and more! Students are able to add to their resumes and portfolios and are making important connections across the greater CJH family of support.

 

St. Petersburg College MIRA Program

CJH’s partnership with the Music Industry and Recording Arts Program at St. Petersburg College is now in its sixth year! CJH developed and delivers a special series of classroom discussions for students to gain real-world insight into the business of music plus the opportunity to volunteer / shadow, network, meet industry professionals and intern with CJH stage crew, production, artist hospitality and operations. The class has become one of the program’s most fun and coveted student opportunities.

Operation Graduate Summer Workshop

CJH developed a special annual workshop complementing the United Way’s successful credit recovery/graduation track program. educating participating students about CJH’s year-round impact while inspiring volunteerism and networking.

We thank the following CJH Outreach Partners for supporting and believing in #CJHOutreach:

 



 

GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Education is a core component to the Foundation’s mission. If you would like to join our effort to support music & arts education in Tampa Bay or otherwise become part of the wonderful Clearwater Jazz Holiday family education and outreach team, please contact our office at 727-461-5200 or email [email protected].

Your financial support helps to sustain and grow these wonderful programs and initiatives. Please consider making a donation to the Foundation.

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We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you!

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