Jazz 'n the Hall, within the College of Communication and the Arts, will present the highly selective Denver Jazz Club Youth All Stars, a group of inspiring student musicians, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Started by retired Colorado high school band director Dr. Ed Cannava in 2009, the group of high school musicians incorporates traditional New Orleans and Chicago style jazz into its ensembles, revealing an impressive breadth of talent and technique. The DJC Youth All Stars combine a lack of lyrics with simultaneous improvisation to create a unique, charming experience. Every performance and repetition has a distinct melody and rhythm allowing listeners to feel the music emotionally. Over 90% of renditions are unscripted, yet beautifully structured.
"Traditional jazz has a variety of pulses and patterns that affect us differently than the single, homogenous beat of pop music today," shares Gregory Scime, Jazz ‘n the Hall assistant to the program director. "Here, students have the opportunity to experience jazz in a transformative way and hear a style of music they possibly didn't know existed."
Scime first met the DJC Youth All Stars at the Summer Music Festival in Assisi, Italy, amazed at the level of creativity and talent from this selective group. He invited them to perform for the series, inspired by the level of accomplishment in high schools and the younger, college demographic. The group has performed across the United States in New York, Sacramento and Dallas, as well as aboard in Switzerland and multiple festivals across Italy.
Tickets for the DJC Youth All Stars performance can be purchased at the SOPAC box office; online at sopacnow.org/denver-jazz-club; or by phone at (973) 313-2787. Tickets are FREE for Seton Hall University students with their ID; $8 for other students; $15 for senior citizens; and $25 for the general public.
For more information on Jazz 'n the Hall, its season or its programming, please contact Gloria Thurmond, program director, at email@example.com.
Jazz 'n the Hall is proud to be part of the Arts Council, an initiative supporting the integral role of the arts in higher education and housed in the College of Communication and the Arts. Additional Arts Council programming includes the Classical Concert Series, Seton Hall Theatre and exhibitions by the Walsh Gallery.