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SCHOOL RESPONSES

Typical school responses

• Principals

  • Fabulous, awesome, incredible experience.
  • Our students live in a low socio-economic area and this is an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.
  • This was the best performance I have seen in my 20 plus years in LAUSD.
  • We felt as if the musicians were taking us on a history tour of the origins of jazz.
  • The LAJS Jazz in Schools program kicked off our Black History Month research and celebration.  As a result, many of our students have chosen musicians for their research projects.

• Teachers

  • Thanks to the exceptional performance, the interest and appreciation of jazz has been so stirred that we are planning a jazz club to meet during lunch hour once a week.
  • In 18 years I have never seen an assembly that gave so much enrichment in so little time.  Thank you for keeping the arts a valuable experience for our children.
  • With obsessing over standardized test results, our kids need more soul with their studies.  I will be following up for the rest of the year.
  • It was a fun program and even though it taught them about music in New Orleans, it was also a great multicultural lesson.
  • My students were not only focused, they were on the edge of their seats.  What an incredible gift for our kids.

• Students

  • I never thought jazz could be so cool.  When I grow up I want to play an instrument.
  • I made a mini piano, trumpet, saxophone, drums and bass for my dolls.
  • It was the most funnest day of my entire life.  I now signed up for saxophone lessons.
  • I wish I could hear your music over and over again.  I like jazz now and instead of listening to Radio Disney, I’m going to listen to jazz.
  • I felt like I could go down to the basketball court and make 14 slam dunks in a row. 

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SELECTING SCHOOLS

Selection of schools begins shortly after the end of February and the completion of that year’s concerts.  Schools are selected based on having received no prior or recent concert.  Schools requesting concerts are placed on file and considered based on the above criteria.  Requests can be made by contacting the Jazz Society office at 818.994- JAZZ or info@lajazz.org

FUNDING JAZZ IN SCHOOLS

Funding for Jazz in Schools is received through  grants from foundations, corporations, and donations made to the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s David L. Abell Jazz Education Fund by benefactors and members.

The primary donors are the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and the Music Performance Fund.

Donations to the David L. Abell Jazz Education Fund are welcome and can be made by contacting 818.994-JAZZ or info@lajazz.org

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