The North Carolina Jazz Festival has recently added to its Jazz Education Program a partnership with Dreams INC, a local non-profit organization which provides youth in need, with high quality classes in the literary, visual, and performing arts. This is done through afterschool programs.
Our participation in this program is to fund local professional jazz musicians to give monthly workshops under the direction of local guitarist Roger Davis, teaching artist at Dreams. On October 27, 2014, we are excited to have local musician and UNCW professor, Mike Waddell, come and teach the students all about the clarinet and saxophone.
We are pleased to be able to take part in spreading the artistry of jazz to a group of students who might not otherwise have this opportunity, and at the same time recognize the high level of musicianship in our local jazz community.
It is our mission to inspire the next generation of jazz enthusiasts and students through free workshops and professionally led master classes.