JAM 2011: Modern Jazz Drama, and Much More

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JAM 2011 is almost here – April brings spring time and some wonderful music!

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While we’re waiting for it impatiently, let us introduce our main guests for this season: Eli Yamin and his Jazz Quartet.

Eli Yamin is a jazz pianist, composer, educator, broadcaster, bandleader and Steinway artist. Eli’s joyful and swinging piano performances have led him to play at top

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concert halls and festivals in the United States, India, China, Mali, Japan and throughout Europe. During his tour experiences, Eli is continually blown away by jazz’s ability to uplift, inspire and build community all over the world.

Eli holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Lehman College, City University of New York. As a leading educator passionately committed to expanding the jazz audience, Eli is teaching jazz to business leaders, middle school students, music teachers and college professors. He is a consultant for The

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Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, produced with the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, Fordham University Graduate School of Business and WBGO Radio.

As Artistic Director of The Jazz Drama Program and head of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy, Eli gets to work with kids a lot. His six jazz musicals for children have been performed for thousands of people by hundreds of young folks. He has recorded numerous CD’s including You Can’t Buy Swing, with the Eli Yamin Quartet, Suns of Cosmic Consciousness, with the group Solar, Speak, Spake, Spoke (Leaping Dog Media) with jazz poet Kirpal Gordon and Warren Smith, Art Baron and Claire Daly, and most recently, I Feel So Glad with the Eli Yamin Blues Band.

Contrabassist Ari Roland, drum player LaFrae Sci and saxophonist Zaid Nasser will join Eli Yamin in his Montenegrin JAM advanture. Together, as Eli Yamin Jazz Quarter, they will tour Montenegro and perform in Podgorica, Cetinje and Tivat. With their concert in KIC Budo Tomovic on the 2nd of April, Jazz Appreciation Month in Montenegro will officially begin.

Eli Yamin and his colleagues will also work with young Montenegrin musicians, soloists and ensembles from Vasa Pavic Art School for Music and Dance. Together, they will prepare and perform the final concert of the JAM 2011: Eli Yamin’s musical Nora’s Ark, a modern retelling

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of the biblical tale.

To read more about Eli Yamin and to hear some of his music, follow the links below: http://www.eliyamin.com/
http://www.thejazzdramaprogram.org/

See you at the great opening of JAM 2011!