A tour of jazz featuring the John Brown Big Band

Free youth concert for young people at the Blumenthal Theater.

"A Tour of Jazz"
Grammy-nominated Duke University Professor John Brown and his 15-piece Big Band in partnership with the Jazz Diva Foundation, Inc. will present a free concert for children and families on March 31 at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Charlotte at the Booth Playhouse, located in Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. With "A Tour of Jazz," John Brown will present a family-friendly concert showcasing all the instruments used in the concert. Join Brown and his musicians for a creative and fun event that will inspire children and adults alike on this special Saturday morning.
The show is free, but seats should be reserved by registration at www.jazzdivaevents.com.

Brown and his musicians are committed to jazz education for all people, at all levels. As professor and director of the jazz program at Duke University, Brown constantly seeks opportunities to work with students and to study himself. Last summer, he attended the Lincoln Center Institute in New York City and is now a certified instructor using that model of teaching. Brown was selected by the North Carolina Arts Council to assemble performing groups connecting arts and education, thereby providing opportunities for children to experience music and the performing arts in their daily lives. Part of this mission is met by Brown’s work as director of JAZZFORCE, a group of high school students who are serious about studying and performing jazz.

The free children’s concert will be followed later that evening by a performance of a Duke-Ellington composed jazz suite. John Brown Big Band and the NC Shakespeare Festival present "Such Sweet Thunder" at 8 p.m. Saturday night at the Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Tickets are available through the box office 704.372.1000.


When: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Booth Playhouse (130 N. Tryon St)

Cost: Free (with ticket only)


The concert will last approximately 1 hour, then meet and greet with the band. This concert is for young people to attend. (along with their parents, aunts, uncles, etc) This will enable youth to hear and learn about jazz.

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