Intergenerational Jazz Jam
Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam brings together singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and audiences of all ages to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing. Jams take place on the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 PM at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem located at 58 West 129th Street in Manhattan.
Mother’s Day Celebration co-hosted by pianist Eli Yamin and special guests, Bob and Curtis Stewart. After a set by the featured artists, all singers, instrumentalists, dancers and spoken word artists of all ages are invited to participate.
Bob Stewart – tuba
Curtis Stewart – violin
Eli Yamin – piano
Jennifer Vincent – bass
Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax – drums
Bob Stewart (tuba) is a free lance concert artist, studio musician and educator. As a professional tuba player, he has recorded with groups led by Gil Evans, Frank Foster, Carla Bley, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Howard Johnson, Don Cherry, and Nicholas Payton. In addition, Stewart has taught in the public schools of Philadelphia and New York for over 25 years. After 10 years serving as the Director of Jazz Studies at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, he was a Distinguished Lecturer at Lehman College Music Department and a director of the Big Band at The Juilliard School Jazz Studies Program. Stewart received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and his Master in Education at Lehman College, City University of New York.
Curtis Stewart enjoys an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Curtis has performed as a classical soloist at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, made chamber music appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Newport Jazz Festival. His ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail realize a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. Curtis has worked with today’s forward thinking musicians including Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, the JACK quartet, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, among many others.
Through education and performance, Jazz Power Initiative transforms lives by fostering leadership, diversity, teamwork and self expression through jazz music, theatre, and dance. Co-founded by Eli Yamin in 2003 as a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Jazz Power Initiative (JPI) currently serves over 400 youth ages 10-20 from Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood in its uptown and scholarship based youth programs and offers a free training institute for artists and teachers teaching jazz each summer at Lehman College in the Bronx. In addition, Jazz Power Initiative produces 15-20 community concerts each year including the popular series, Intergenerational Jazz Jam at National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Engaging the Community in Jazz Arts Experiences: Intergenerational Jazz Jam is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.