Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Interview with Summer Jazz Camp Special Guest Taylor Eigsti

May 18, 2017

This year, SJZ Summer Jazz Camp welcomes Bay Area native Taylor Eigsti as its special guest. Before his appearance on June 29 and 30, we spoke with the New York-based pianist by phone to learn why he connected with music at such a young age. We also asked if he had any advice for our eager campers before they arrive at Valley Christian High School on June 19. What first drew you to the piano? …

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Field Trip: SJZ Progressions Students Visit SF Symphony Youth Orchestra

May 10, 2017

This guest post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard recaps the field trip Progressions students recently took to see an open dress rehearsal by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Thanks to the support of Haynes & Boone, LLP, Santa Clara Vanguard and San Jose Jazz, Progressions students and family members took a field trip to watch the dress rehearsal of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra last Saturday. Progressions brass instructor and former member of …

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Fall Update from Progressions Director Julie Rinard

November 17, 2016

 This fall, Progressions officially launched its fourth site, an advanced track at Bridges Academy. It includes participants who have been a part of Progressions for three-plus years, bringing together 20 students from Meadows Elementary School, Santee Elementary School, Bridges Academy, CCA (College Connection Academy) and Ace Franklin-McKinley. Instrumentation for the new track includes saxophone and baritone (in addition to the existing clarinet, flute, trombone and trumpet). We look forward to seeing how the new instruments …

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SJZ PROGRESSIONS SUMMER MUSIC CAMP AND CONCERT

July 20, 2016

The third annual SJZ Progressions Summer Music Camp is off to a great start at Valley Christian Schools. Forty-five students are participating in the camp, which runs July 11-22. This year, beginning composition and improvisation classes have been added to challenge and excite our developing musicians. Camp staff are taking advantage of the music lab at Valley Christian and experimenting with the best methods for exposing students to apps like Garage Band and other music technology …

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SJZ Summer Jazz Camp Director Wally Schnalle Plays the Possibilities

May 26, 2016

Two years ago I became Camp Director of San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp. What a pleasure it has been watching the camp grow! I am really looking forward to camp this year, which will be the 20th Anniversary SJZ Summer Jazz Camp, June 20 to July 1, at Valley Christian High School. I’ve been busy spreading the word at schools all over the South Bay. We’ve done jazz clinics at Westmont High School, Kennedy Middle …

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SJZ Progressions Announces Concert and Summer Music Camp Dates

May 25, 2016

Join San Jose Jazz Progressions students and families for a concert and celebration on Saturday, June 4 at 12pm at the Yerba Buena High School auditorium, 1855 Lucretia Ave., San Jose, CA 95122. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and look forward to sharing their musical gifts with the community! The concert is free and open to the public. In the past month, Progressions students have continued to hone their performance skills. …

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SJZ High School All Stars’ First Trip to Next Generation Jazz Festival

April 8, 2016

Absolutely looking forward to the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars‘ performance this Sunday at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF) in Monterey. This is a huge honor and will be a memorable experience for the students. What is the NGJF, you may be asking yourself? It’s a competitive jazz festival that was started years ago as one of the programs on the educational side of the Monterey Jazz Festival. NGJF is now considered …

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Stepping into Spring with SJZ Progressions

March 24, 2016

This is the time of year when things really start to get good with San Jose Jazz Progressions – students have been playing their instrument for nearly seven months straight, they know and trust their peers, and have developed tight-knit relationships with the staff. We become more agile, and are poised to play “stretch” pieces and venture into new settings. But the best part of all is we still have another two months to gel as …

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Progressions 2.0 – Celebrating Our Students’ Growth at a Concert on Saturday, Dec. 12

December 11, 2015

As we enter this season of gratitude, we hope you will join us this Saturday, December 12 as we present a Nucleo concert featuring all Progressions students. The event takes place at Santee Elementary School (1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose) at 10:30 am. It is free and open to the public. We encourage all supporters to join us for this festive holiday event in celebration of the accomplishments of our students! As Progressions enters its …

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Holiday Season for the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars

December 10, 2015

Photo by Grason Littles In this guest post, San Jose Jazz High School All Stars Manager Scott Fulton announces the students’ holiday concert performances and program highlights. It’s a busy and exciting week for the SJZ High School All Stars! The High School All Stars (HSAS) Big Band will kick off their 2015-16 season tonight, Dec. 10, at downtown San Jose’s Christmas in the Park on the Community Stage. The band, which is directed by …

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