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JazzArts Charlotte Announces New FREE Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble

January 1 2021 — Charlotte, NC –– JazzArts Charlotte announces a FREE Latin Jazz Ensemble taught by notable local Latin Jazz musicians and educators, open to student musicians.

This is a unique opportunity for middle and high school student musicians to study an exciting facet of jazz that combines the chords and improvisational techniques of traditional jazz with the Latin instruments and rhythms. JazzArts Youth Ensembles bring students together from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels to create a fun and motivating applied learning experience. The workshops are open to ALL instruments including vocals.

These weekly sessions will be held Thursday evenings February 24 – May 26 at VAPA Center, which is located on 700 North Tryon Street uptown. Middle and high school student musicians who play Woodwinds, Brass, Rhythm Section, and Percussion are encouraged to participate. Auditions will be held February 10th and 17th.

We are able to offer accepted student scholarships that cover the cost of participation, making this program free for all students.  This program is made possible through special grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is committed to funding local arts organizations with initiatives that support underserved communities generating access to the arts and diversity in the arts. “We have been looking to get this program off the ground for several years, actually, and are thrilled to have these partners share our vision for expanding into the community with such a special opportunity.” Says Lonnie Davis, JazzArts Charlotte CEO and Co-Founder.

The program is a 12-week commitment. With space limited, registration is required. Go to for more information and to register.

About JazzArts Charlotte

JazzArts Charlotte is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion, education, preservation of jazz and related art forms in the greater Charlotte region. Started in 2009, the organization is comprised of arts patrons, educators, performing jazz artists, business leaders, and volunteers. Their mission focuses on three program development areas: Jazz Education, Performance, and Musician Support. These three elements were established to help nurture a future audience and preserve the tradition of this great American Art Form, Jazz. For more information, visit, and follow JazzArts Charlotte on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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