World-renowned jazz artists will bring hope, inspiration through music and culture to Jacksonville

World-renowned jazz artists will bring hope, inspiration through music and culture to Jacksonville

— Artists from the Jazz Discovery Series to Host Q&A Masterclasses, Free Community Performances at Jacksonville Arts & Music School —

Jacksonville, Florida – February 10, 2021 – The 2021 Jazz Discovery Series will host four world-renowned jazz artists between February and May, providing the Jacksonville community with an uplifting and inspiring cultural and musical experience at Jacksonville Arts & Music School (JAMS). The series, presented by internationally acclaimed Jacksonville-born jazz musician John Lumpkin II, will feature Q&A master classes with each up-and-coming jazz icon, followed by free performances for the community.

Jazz music honors and amplifies his legacy and stimulates creativity, ingenuity and enlightenment in a way that inspires young and old and is especially relevant and important in today’s social environment” , said John Lumpkin II, founder of the Jazz Discovery Series and the John Lumpkin Institute, which organizes jazz performances and clinics for students throughout the year. “The series is designed to provide access to the next generation of legendary jazz musicians while promoting learning, networking and creative engagement in a comfortable and inclusive setting.”

Jazz artists taking part in the 2021 Jazz Discovery Series – each of whom has performed around the world and studied with modern jazz legends – include Andrae Murchison (February 19), DeAndre Lettsome (March 19), Dave Meder ( April 23) and Amina Scott (May 28).

Each Jazz Discovery Series event will begin on a Friday from 5-6 p.m. with the featured artist leading a “Meet the Artist Q&A Master Class,” discussing how he or she found their unique calling and journey. with jazz music. Artists will engage and share their experiences through Q&A, play a few tunes – a sample of the upcoming evening’s performance – and provide tips for students, fans and jazz enthusiasts of all ages in attendance.

“Jazz is rooted in emotion and soul and has the ability to transcend the listener into more intuitive thinking to help manage life’s demanding fundamentals,” Lumpkin added. “It’s also part of why we host the Jazz Discovery series and provide it for free to the community – jazz is not only inspiring, but restorative and helpful in fueling a new way of thinking and dealing with the world around us. , through the moving story of each unique performer.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the artists will perform a concert for a limited number of attendees, who can enjoy the performance with bites from local caterer Three J’s Catering. Students from JAMS and the John Lumpkin Institute will also perform. Casual seating will allow attendees to mingle during the performance or just sit back and enjoy. Reserved seating is available for those who donate to the Jazz Discovery Series.

Attendance is free but all attendees must pre-register through Eventbrite. The event will follow all COVID-19 precautions, including social distancing and temperature checks at the door. Masks are mandatory for entry.

Sponsors of the Jazz Discovery Series and JAMS partnership include the First Horizon Foundation, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Kids Hope Alliance. The series is also made possible through the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Details on each jazz artist are below.

Andrae Murchison – Friday, February 19

Andrae Murchison is from Savannah, Georgia, and was introduced to the trombone and baritone at the age of nine, spawning his musical journey and career as a trombonist and composer. After graduation he became a much sought after sideman and began touring the world with world famous bands and musicians including The Skatalites, Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra and The Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He has also studied and conducted performances with jazz masters Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd, Gary Bartz, Monty Alexander, Benny Golson, Marcus Belgrave, Fred Wesley and Slide Hampton. Learn more about Murchison on his website and Facebook page.

DeAndre Lettsome – Friday, March 19

DeAndre Lettsome is a Jacksonville native who grew up in the church with gospel music, sparking his lifelong passion for the saxophone. After numerous professional and student accolades, he was selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency in Washington, DC, and has since shared the stage with legendary musicians such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Marcus Printup, as well as the O’Jays. . He is a founding member of the Let’s Ride Brass Band, which released its debut album in 2020. He is also a member of The Urban Intellectuals led by Jonathan Baptiste, The Covenant led by John Lumpkin and The Chris Thomas Big Band. He is currently an assistant and assistant principal at Edward Waters College and plays regularly in Jacksonville. Learn more about Lettsome on the Bold City Music website.

Dave Meder – Friday, April 23

Dave Meder, who quickly became one of the most prominent jazz artists of his generation, is an award-winning pianist who performed around the world after discovering his calling for jazz at school. He has performed on stages in New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Honduras as part of numerous residencies. A native of Tampa, Florida, Meder has studied and shared the stage with some of jazz’s iconic artists including David Baker, Nathan Davis, Curtis Fuller, Rufus Reid, Fred Hersch, Mark Turner, Ari Hoenig, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Julian Martin and Philip Lasser. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas, one of the nation’s most renowned jazz studies programs, where he provides direct mentorship to students. Read more about Meder on his website.

Amina Scott – Friday, May 28

Amina Scott is a bassist, composer and arranger from Oakland, California, whose passion for music was born from her grandmother’s piano lessons as a child. Since that start, Scott has performed at festivals and on stages across the United States as well as in Switzerland and St. Lucia. She studied with the greatest jazz artists of the time, including Allen Nisbet, Roland Guerin, Ed Wise, Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson, Marcus Roberts, Bill Peterson and Adonis Rose. She is now based in New Orleans and has performed with Steve Turre, Wessell “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Nicholas Payton, David Murray, Jamison Ross, Joanne Brackeen, Herlin Riley, Christian Scott, Atunde Adjuah ​​and more. She is also a member of the Steans Institute of Music Jazz Program under the direction of Rufus Reid, Billy Childs and Nathan Davis. Her group, Noruz, has released two records and she is currently an adjunct professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. Learn more about Scott on his website.

More information on the Jazz Discovery Series 2021 and John Lumpkin II can be found here.

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Ada J. Kenney