If you have always wanted to learn more about jazz or the artistic process, or you're a musician who wants to improve your chops, we've got a series at Frankie's Jazz Club that's just for you...
Before we dive into details, we have a quick question to ask. Do you ever find yourself at a show enjoying the music, but leave the evening feeling as though the music somewhat "went a little over your head?" If that sounds familiar, our new series at Frankie's Jazz Club called "Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz" is the perfect chance for you to learn more about jazz!
At Coastal Jazz, we are extremely lucky to welcome great talents through our doors. In addition to the unique artistry that our musicians offer, many of our performers are fluent communicators and educators as well. We couldn't help but spring on the opportunity to get the musical conversation flowing beyond the stage.
Say hello to our new free series at Frankie's Jazz Club: "Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz." Head down to Frankie's once a month to connect, engage, and learn from some of our best jazz artists, with no fear of disturbing the show! Cool School is the chance to get a free a lesson or two on jazz.
This week I had a chance to sit down with Cory Weeds of Coastal Jazz and chat about the plans for the new series. What were the main objectives of the series? What artists would Coastal Jazz be choosing for the clinics and why were they specifically selected? What were audiences to expect at a Cool School clinic?
Throughout our chat, the word "inclusionary" came up a bunch. Cory and the Coastal Jazz team want to use the Cool School series as an opportunity to remove any possible pretentious-veils surrounding the jazz art form, and provide an open platform for guest artists to talk to audiences of all backgrounds. The Cool School series is a place for all jazz fans to come together and learn from the experts all the while enjoying the comfortable setting of Frankie's Jazz Club.
Here's the schedule for the next few Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz acts at Frankie's! Arrive early to ensure your spot at all events!
Saturday March 18th, 2pm. FREE : Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz: New York-Based Guitarist Peter Bernstein.
Join Peter Bernstein for a guitar clinic. Bring your axe! (or not).
Saturday April 29th, 2pm. FREE: Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz: Drummer Quincy Davis and Bassist Neil Swainson.
Find about how jazz affects listeners with this killer rhythm section.
Saturday May 27th, 2pm. FREE Cool School: Get Hip to Jazz: Trumpeter Bria Skonberg
Learn about the musical journey of a local gal made good in NYC.
We hope that you can join us at Frankie's for this series and jump on the opportunity to connect with some of our top musicians!
Oh yeah.. and in case you didn't get the memo... it's all FREE baby!