Posts Tagged ‘Education’

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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The Shape of Jazz to Come: Next Gen Performances at SJZ Winter Fest 16

March 4, 2016

This year, as part of our dedication to featuring great student groups alongside world-class jazz talents at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Jazz Winter Fest presented by Metro, we will be bringing our Next Gen programming to the heart of downtown’s SoFA District. During the final weekend of San Jose Jazz Winter Fest, the top student jazz combos in the region will be showcased over two full afternoons at Cafe Stritch, a venue that has previously hosted SJZ events …

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Summer Jazz Camp: I Discovered the Possibilites

June 19, 2015

Four years ago, when I attended the 2011 San Jose Jazz Summer Camp at Archbishop Mitty High School, I was one of the few guitarists at camp who knew the major and natural minor scales; accordingly, I was assigned to the New York Big Band and the best combo in the camp — a memory that never fails to amuse me. Out of all my memories at Jazz Camp, there are a few that stand out in …

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Progressions: March 2015 Update

March 10, 2015

Progressions has been busy this past month! Our Intermediate Band recently had a double coming-out party, so to speak, and this past Saturday Progressions students got to watch renowned pianist Alexander Ghindin play a triple encore solo piano concert at Foothill College thanks to a partnership with the Steinway Society of the Bay Area. Saturday, February 28 18 Intermediate Band kids performed to a supportive crowd at the Mayor’s Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit …

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Spring 2015: What’s On Deck for Progressions

February 1, 2015

Progressions students and staff been hard at work these past few months. The fall semester culminated with a full house Nucleo performance on Saturday, December 6 at Santee Elementary School featuring 125 proud Progressions students. The intermediate band played the entire version of The Sky and Jingle Bells, our beginning band gave their first ever public performance, our 2nd and 3rd grade singers sang Hip-Hop Reindeer, a cool holiday tune that got the crowd on …

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Progressions in Focus: “When You Know Me by Name”

September 4, 2014

Progressions Director Julie Rinard periodically shares her student interactions with us, as part of the San Jose Jazz blog. In this update, she recalls how introducing two students helped to finally resolve an ongoing conflict. A male student from Success Academy has a trumpet that his father gave him. He is proud of that instrument and guards it with his life, so when a student from Santee kicked it the second day of camp, he …

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Progressions in Focus: Just When You Think You Have Someone Figured Out

September 4, 2014

Progressions Director Julie Rinard periodically shares stories about interactions with her students, which we post on our blog. Below, Julie recounts the program finally getting through to a troublemaker. Jesus is a kid who knows how to get under your skin. He is intransigent, an odd mix of apparent apathy and a bully. Throughout the entire 2014 spring semester at Santee Elementary School, Jesus was a daily distraction in brass class and his instrument teacher …

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Progressions In Focus: “When I Close My Eyes”

September 4, 2014

In this guest post from Progressions Director Julie Rinard, she recounts how eager her students were to begin their instrument training on recorder. Forty-nine kids attended the Progressions Summer Music Camp. Of those 49 kids, 27 signed up for the weekly music classes in July and August. The environment for the classes was relaxed, an opportunity to get to know students better and enjoy spending time together. The first portion of class was dedicated to bucket …

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