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Scat, Tap or Break it Down over to Hudson Valley’s Jazz In The Valley

July 6, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

On Sunday, August 18, visitors from all over gather together to enjoy and appreciate a world of jazz down by the river at Hudson Valley’s Jazz In The Valley.

Jazz In The Valley began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition for the organization.  Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of 2000. Promoted as an afternoon of music and art the concert has since grown into an annual festival, showcasing music WSFH_BANNER_SQUAREperformed by world-class musicians, complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as a backdrop.

Jazz In The Valley has an intergenerational programming philosophy. Its programming allows living legends and younger voices to continue to expand the jazz idiom. The festival has introduced artists working in the industry who are outside of the mainstream world and for the first time are able to have their voices heard in public. The festival focuses on the music and often includes films and other programming with dialogue addressing issues that impact the art form, the musicians and its audience. This year’s lineup includes artists such as: Denise Thimes, Jummy Heath, Houston Person, Maurice Brown, Gary Bartz and more.

Jazz In The Valley’s educational component is “Behind the Beat: Intro to Jazz”, which is a series of workshops conducted in area public schools by featured artists that are designed to introduce young people from the region’s underserved areas to  jazz music.  This is in keeping with TRANSART’s goal to create a new generation of listeners from the youth that are unaware of the music, its historical significance and the artists that create it.  Behind the Beat consists of assemblies, master classes and a weekly traditional drumming workshop. The jazz instruction workshops are targeted at the population of at-risk youth from the city school districts in New York State.

For more information on Jazz In The Valley, please visit: www.jazzinthevalleyny.org.

For more information on New York State, please visit: www.iloveny.com.

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