The concert — 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16 — will livestream on Cincinnati Public Schools’ YouTube Channel. There will be a virtual audience only. All performers will follow social-distancing guidelines.
The performance will feature 11 young professional jazz artists and a special guest artist — Craig Bailey, professor of jazz saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
The performance is a special tribute to six 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 had a dramatic impact on jazz in the 20th century.
All CPS students are invited to tune in, and can comment and ask questions during the concert. Most of the 11 professional artists are graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools, and several now are students in the CCM jazz program.
The music was arranged and will be conducted by Dr. Isidore Rudnick, CPS Arts Curriculum Manager and CPS Jazz Academy Director. This concert is made possible with the generous support of the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center.
The CPS Jazz Academy offers free instruction to CPS students with at least one year of instrumental experience in grades 4–8. Jazz Academy students rehearse after school once a week using district-mandated social-distancing guidelines.
Students are provided with a free instrument for the school year and receive one free private music lesson per week.
Interested in Joining CPS Jazz Academy?
Fill out an application: CPS Jazz Academy Application for 2020–21
Return the completed application by any of the following methods by Friday, August 21:
- Mail: Dr. Isidore Rudnick, Cincinnati Public Schools, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219
- Fax: (513) 363-0095