Bringing Music to Schools in Need

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra has embarked on an exciting new partnership with Martin Luther King Elementary in Compton, bringing dynamic music programs, including yearlong residencies with kindergarten and 1st grade students, into underserved schools that are lacking in arts education.  

Take a peek inside the classrooms with this short video:

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Concert with Ernie Watts and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra a Huge Success

 

 

Multi-Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts headlined as the guest soloist when the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra played to a full house at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, which seats over one thousand.

The concert, which was free to the public, featured "Nightbird," a work especially written for Ernie by composer Michel Colombier. The show opened with the world premiere of "Trickster," by the runner-up of the recent George Duke Commissioning Competition, Rafael Piccolotto de Lima. Conductor Mitch Glickman led the SJO in a jazz reimagining of Elgar's "Enigma Variation IX" featuring Watts as sax soloist.

The March 20th performance was part of the Carpenter Center's "Arts for Life" concert series. It was made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Music Performance Fund/Film Funds Trust Fund, Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Knossos Foundation, Arts Council of Long Beach, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Incorporatedand the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

 

                 

   

 

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Founded in 2001, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz through its commissioning program, and inspiring the next generations of listeners through its “Music in the Schools” program, and Community Outreach Program.   Learn More