Jazz – True American Art Form Takes Shape @ Riverdale, stopping by the Jazz Standard!

Jackie Modeste, Riverdale mom, educator, radio host & Jazz authoritarian, saved the day and captured for RIISE what we missed! More on Jackie’s son, Emilio and the Kickstarter campaign to gig in Australia, after you enjoy her blog! 

On Sunday, January 12th, the Riverdale Country School (RCS) high school jazz band performed at the Jazz Standard for a packed house as guests of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO). Led by professional Saxophonist and RCS jazz band Director Jason Curry, the RCS band opened the set at the legendary club playing a tightly woven, lively rendition of a song made classic by Ellington, “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” replete with featured solos on saxophone and guitar.

Audience members included not only RCS parents,friends and jazz aficionados but NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens (trumpet & flugelhorn) who expressed his admiration for the remarkable talent and work being done by fellow musician Jason Curry.

The RCS band played a short set before turning the stage over to the JYSO. The crowd enjoyed an afternoon of culture, great music, food and a family fun-filled experience. You can join the jazz brunch and hear the JYSO perform each Sunday from 1-3PM at the Jazz Standard, 116 E 27th Street in Manhattan.

~Jackie Modeste

RIISE Family Let’s Support Emilio. there are only 17 days left to the campaign!

Emilio’s first ever Kickstarter campaign is LIVE so please, DONATE NOW by clicking on “Gigging in Australia” 
Help send this promising young musician to Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Australia with his high-school jazz band for two and a half weeks. The NYC students will collaborate with high school jazz bands Down Under and demonstrate the power of cultural diplomacy through our US art form, jazz. Some highlights of Emilio’s March 2014 trip:
  • Professional recording session in Melbourne and a CD to share with supporters
  • Workshops on jazz and aboriginal music
  • Performances in Melbourne and Sydney for local supporters
Rewards for supporters:
  • $25 — Access to Emilio’s travel blog with real-time updates during his March 2014 trip
  • $50 — (all of the above, plus) a signed CD from Emilio’s recording session
  • $75 — (all of the above, plus) an autographed photo
  • $100 — (all of the above, plus) an original song by Emilio that you can download as an mp3 file
  • $250 — (all of the above, plus) a t-shirt featuring Emilio’s original artwork
  • $500 — (all of the above, plus) a personal video message from Emilio
Don’t delay, we’ve got 17 days left to support Emilio’s goal of “Gigging in Australia” — DONATE NOW and be part of the journey!
Many thanks & much love,
Jackie, aka, “Emilio’s mom” 

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