Samuel David on drums and Holland Majors on keyboard during Jazz at Victoria Yards on April 30, 2021. Photo: Andy Majors, courtesy of JazzArts Charlotte

JazzArts Charlotte, a nonprofit that seeks to promote and preserve jazz, will launch a free music workshop this spring for students in grades 7-12.

The Nuestro Tiempo Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble will celebrate diversity, culture and life values through the lens of music, JazzArts Charlotte announced in a statement on Monday. (Nuestro Tiempo is Spanish for “our time.”)

The workshop will be open to students with at least one year of instrumental experience (woodwinds, brass, rhythm section, vocals or percussion). 

The program will span 12 weeks, from Feb. 24 to May 26. Sessions will be held on Thursday evenings at VAPA Center. Space is limited, so auditions are required. Auditions are scheduled for Feb. 10 and Feb. 17.

The program will be funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the Arts & Science Council.

“JazzArts Charlotte is truly thrilled to have these amazing partners share our vision for expanding our service to the community with such a special opportunity,” Lonnie Davis, JazzArts Charlotte’s CEO and co-founder, said in the statement. 

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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