In honor of Black History Month and as part of this month’s Portland Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival and the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute of Portland State University are offering local middle schools an exciting musical history of jazz program, The Incredible Journey of Jazz. The program is offered to audiences in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
The program, started in 2004, was developed by Darrell Grant, acclaimed jazz pianist and Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at PSU. It was written and composed specifically for middle school audiences, and has received enthusiastic response from students and staff.
The Incredible Journey of Jazz promotes appreciation for the rich heritage of this American musical form. It is a one-hour program performed by six professional jazz musicians and educators, accompanied by a narrator and slide show.
Guests performers include E.D. Mondaine & Belief. Mondaine, the founder of the 88 Keys Foundation and Musicians Make Better Students is an acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and pianist.