Much excitement at TWHQ as four young people from the Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme just landed in…New Jersey! All four have been awarded scholarships to participate in the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey from 1-12 August. The workshop culminates with student performances at the town’s largest single-day cultural event, the Montclair Jazz Festival on Saturday, 13 August, produced by Jazz House Kids, which attracts 8,000+ people across the region and reaches 11 countries through global live stream. The Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop students will perform on the same stage as headliners Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, George Coleman and others.
The workshop scholarships mark the launch of an exciting partnership between two world-leading music education and performance organisations: Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz House Kids, who share a mission to transform lives through jazz, and to reflect the richness and vibrancy of their community. Like Tomorrow’s Warriors – founded by multi-award winning Artistic Director and bassist Gary Crosby OBE and partner Janine Irons MBE – Jazz House Kids is led by husband and wife team, founder and president of Jazz House Kids and jazz vocalist Melissa Walker and 5-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist Christian McBride. Both organisations are built on a respect for creativity, diversity and opportunity for all.
“Tomorrow’s Warriors is passionate about providing inspirational, transformative learning and performance experiences for its young musicians and leaders. These generous scholarships will be life-changing for those taking part in the Summer Workshop, and present a unique opportunity for our Warriors to extend their creative networks and inspire collaboration. We are thrilled to be working with Melissa, Christian and Jazz House Kids. The genuine synergy, on so many levels, makes them natural partners for us, and we look forward to forging closer ties in 2017 when we welcome members of the Jazz House Kids musical family to London to celebrate major milestones together – their 15th and our 25th anniversary.” – Janine Irons MBE, Founder & Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Warriors
“Jazz House Kids strives to foster global citizens, and jazz has long been a potent cultural connector that unites young people, fans, families and musicians. We are delighted that this is reflected in the 2016 Jazz House Summer Workshop with students attending from London to Lima. Our shared mission with Tomorrow’s Warriors will help us transform lives through jazz, which has no borders and no language barriers. We look forward to our continued partnership with this great sister organisation for many years to come.” – Melissa Walker, President & Founder, Jazz House Kids
Tomorrow’s Warriors students Joe Bristow, Daisy Corder and Ife Ogunjobi will be accompanied by Tomorrow’s Warriors music leader Cherise Coryna. They will join more than 150 students for two weeks of workshops, ensemble performances and daily jam sessions. Students of all levels receive mentoring and top-notch instruction from professional musicians, and get to perform at world class venues including the world-renowned Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
“The opportunity to meet and socialize with young musicians like me who I have never met before is very exciting and allows for some great friendships and new musical experiences.” – Daisy Corder
“It was great watching the audition placement videos from the Tomorrow’s Warriors… What fantastic students and musicians! I think this is the beginning of a great partnership” – Ted Chubb, Director of Jazz House Summer Workshop
Watch this space for further news on this exciting international partnership.