“Jazz Routes” Donates Instrument and Music Lessons for a Year to Student at Girls Athletic Leadership School
Jazz Outreach Initiative’s “JOI Jazz Orchestra” will perform selections from Duke Ellington’s “The Nutcracker Suite” along with holiday favorite Christmas songs sung by multi-GRAMMY nominated headliner, Clint Holmes with jazz trumpet master and JOI Co-founder and Artistic Director, Kenny Rampton (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis) on December 21 at 6pm.
Songs will include a selection from the recently donated original charts of the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s multi-platinum Christmas album series, “In The Christmas Mood,” along with other holiday favorites.
As part of the JOI Jazz Orchestra’s mission to celebrate the enormous talent of the local jazz community, Rampton has commissioned original arrangements for the JOI Jazz Orchestra and Clint Holmes from nationally renowned local musicians and composers, Nathan Tanouye and Jorge Machain who are also members of the band.
These arrangements include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” classic, “My Favorite Things” arranged by Tanouye, and Katherine Kennicott Davis’s classic Christmas carol, “The Little Drummer Boy,” arranged by Machain. An interesting connection between the two songs is that the “Sound of Music” song was performed by the Von Trapp Family characters while the first recording of “The Little Drummer Boy” in 1951 was sung by the actual Von Trapp Family Singers.
In keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, Jazz Outreach Initiative’s Executive Director, Donny Thompson will also present a local economically disadvantaged student with a free donated saxophone and a year of free private music lessons taught by one of the outstanding musicians in the JOI Jazz Orchestra. Liliana Hoopes is a student at Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS), the only all-girls Title 1 Charter School in Southern Nevada. She was selected by GALS Exec. Dir., Krista Yarberry after an essay competition. Liliana will be JOI’s second student in their “Jazz Routes” program, an outreach effort which places donated instruments into the hands of youth along with a free year’s private lessons paid for by donor sponsors.
The big band will also perform selections from the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s multi-platinum album, “In the Christmas Mood,” courtesy of the album’s producer and former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dale Thompson. Thompson donated the original album charts and will also attend the concert.
CONCERT TIME, DATE, LOCATION:
Starbright Theatre | Sun City Summerlin | 6:00 pm
2215 Thomas W Ryan Blvd | Las Vegas, Nv 89134
Tickets: www.suncitysummerlin.com or Box Offices:
Pinnacle: (702) 240-1301
Desert Vista: (702) 363-1341
Mtn Shadows: (702) 966-1410
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