A Tribute to Six African-American Jazz Artists of the 20th Century
On Thursday July 16th at 8:00 PM, Cincinnati Public Schools Jazz Academy will live stream a performance from the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex in Cincinnati. The performance will feature 11 professional jazz artists and special guest artist, Craig Bailey, Professor of Jazz Saxophone from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. All of the performers will be practicing recommended social distancing measures. There will not be a live audience, only a virtual audience.
The music is arranged and conducted by Dr. Isidore Rudnick, CPS Arts Curriculum Manager and CPS Jazz Academy Director. The performance is a special tribute to 6 influential African-American jazz artists – Bessie Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Wes Montgomery – whose musical talents in both performing and composing music had a dramatic impact on jazz in the 20th century.
The concert will be live streamed on Cincinnati Public Schools YouTube channel on Thursday July 16th at 8:00 PM. This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.
All CPS students are invited to tune in and can comment and ask questions during the concert. Most of the 11 young professional artists are graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools and several are now students in the jazz program at CCM.
The Cincinnati Public Schools Jazz Academy offers free instruction to CPS students with at least one year of instrumental experience in grades 4th-8th. Students accepted into the jazz academy in 2020-2021 will rehearse after school once a week using all district mandated safety and social distancing measures. Students are provided with a free instrument for the school year and receive one free private music lesson per week. For more information about registering your CPS student for the jazz academy, visit: