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A decade of visionaries

October 10 years ago, JazzArts Charlotte became official by electing its first Board of Directors. These individuals tell a story of dreams and determination.

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The Trumpet: the brashest of the brass

Even in the bible, when God wanted the people to really pay attention, they didn’t blow a saxophone – they blew a trumpet. The trumpet. The first “star” instrument of jazz

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More than a music camp

“We have five days to turn on the light bulb and get these students excited about jazz,” quipped Camp instructor, Dr. Michael Hackett. JazzArts Music Camp is about two things: building skills and building relationships.

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Music can bloom unexpectedly

“I decided to focus on music late. So I never envisioned myself at Julliard or playing with folks like Wynton Marsalis, “ says Sean Mason. Sean, a Charlottean and JazzArts Ensemble alumnus, indicates his musical career success has been unexpected. His offers insight to the future of jazz and our students.

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Apr 2019 Jazz Appreciation Mo poster

April Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz Beyond Borders

The Smithsonian Museum of American History created this celebration in 2001 to recognize the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. As we celebrate the only truly American musical art form, this month we focus on the power of music to unite people.

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