JazzArts Charlotte’s mission is to connect the cultural community and develop an audience for jazz, through quality education, performance, and musician support.
Here are some of the events they have planned. Go to their website for a full list, including ticketed shows that might not be “cheap enough” to list on Charlotte on the Cheap, but are a great value!
Preservation Hall All-Stars Youth Jazz Educational Workshop
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021
6 to 8 p.m.
Bryant Hall, Sloan Morgan Building, CPCC Main Campus
1220 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte
JazzArts Charlotte is thrilled to offer a FREE jazz master workshop and concert featuring the world- famous PRESERVATION HALL All-Stars Band from New Orleans to local student musicians. This is a rare opportunity for Charlotte students to meet and learn from legendary traditional musicians from the Preservation Hall. New Orleans style jazz comes to life in this two-hour workshop.
Middle and high school student are encouraged to participate, and student musicians of ALL ages are welcome. This master class is ideal for all instruments and all levels from beginner to advanced. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments, as this is a hands-on applied workshop experience.
The Preservation Hall All-Stars are the premiere ensemble of the most tenured artists from the greater Preservation Hall musical collective. Each performer bears a unique connection to the earliest practitioners of jazz itself, some by bloodline but all united by the sheer power of tradition. In addition to performing at the Hall in New Orleans weekly and internationally throughout the year, these culture bearers continue to pass the torch to the younger generation through education and music outreach.
FREE but registration required. Space is limited.
JazzArts Youth Ensembles Holiday Performance
Sunday, December 12th, 2021
Tate Hall at CPCC
1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte
After 12 weeks studying the world of jazz, enjoy an evening of favorite holiday and jazz standards performed by JazzArts Charlotte’s newest groups of middle and high school student jazz musicians plus their instructors.
JazzArts Youth Ensembles is a season of weekly comprehensive music training for students motivated to delve into America’s original art form: jazz. Led by several of the region’s leading professional jazz educators, students have together discovered music theory, jazz history, and active listening. They have experienced playing the techniques of rhythm, chords, and improvisation that make up jazz. Now, they are excited to share with you the culmination of their work and fun.
JazzArts Alumni Jazz Jam
Monday, December 20th, 2021
6 to 8 p.m.
3629 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte
Pick up your instrument and join us for a jazz jam. Whether you’re an experienced jazz musician, exploring your skills, or your instrument is rusty, this jazz jam session is for everyone. And if you’ve never been to one, JazzArts Academy alumni, students, and instructors will show you how the music is born!
House Band leading the jam session will include Ocie Davis on drums, Troy Conn on guitar, and more.
Jazz music and it’s most pivotal innovations were born out of jam sessions. Jazz is a communal music, where musicians incorporate call and response, and bounce ideas off of each other. This is the essence of jazz music. So a public jam session is simply a musical get-together where musicians come together to play jazz standards. Everyone is invited. Join in the experience.