May 28, 2015

Welcome to the Jazz Drama Program site!

Our Mission:

The Jazz Drama Program is a non profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving young people’s lives and their communities through experiences in jazz and theatre.

What We Do:

1. THE MATERIALS – We write and develop original, age appropriate jazz musicals with engaging stories that incorporate the cathartic power of swing and blues and can be presented by students and community groups anywhere.

2. THE METHODS – We develop and employ unique teaching methods that engage the whole child through immersion in jazz arts including storytelling, acting and dancing, along with healthy and expressive singing guided by the principals of Somatic Voicework, the LoVetri Method.

The Jazz Drama Program (JDP) was founded in 2003 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by jazz musician Eli Yamin and teacher Clifford Carlson to get young people involved in and excited about jazz.  By commissioning new jazz musicals, recording CD’s and distributing scores and scripts and offering professional development for teachers and workshops for students, The Jazz Drama Program is building new audiences and stakeholders in the jazz arts through the mediums of storytelling, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.  To date, Jazz Drama Program musicals have seen over 80 performances in fourteen states and four countries literally involving thousands of young people and their families in sustained exposure and involvement in the jazz arts.

Latest News

The Jazz Drama Program Open Jazz Arts Acting & Singing Master Class – March 10

You are invited to a free, open jazz arts acting & singing master class on Tuesday March 10, 2015 led by Teaching Artist Katherine Ella Wood and Artistic Director Eli Yamin. In this Master Class, Katherine and Eli will guide young performers ages 10-17 to act, improvise and sing soulfully in a healthy and expressive way supported by Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method.

Katherine Ella WoodEli Yamin at Piano

The workshop will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Pearl Studios in Manhattan located at 500 Eighth Avenue (in PH 1) near West 35th Street.

Please register here.  Hurry, space is limited!

Dancing and Singing Master Class Held

A DANCING & SINGING OPEN JAZZ ARTS MASTER CLASS with teaching artist and Choreographer Shireen Dickson and Artistic Director Eli Yamin was held on February 23 where young performers age 10-17 got to dance, learn improvisation and the keys of singing soulfully in the styles of jazz and blues.

The workshop was be held at Pearl Studios NYC at 519 Eighth Avenue at 36th Street.

Syncopation was the theme for this master class. Great job to everyone who accented the unexpected!

Eli Yamin Presents Teacher Training on Blues at the Balanced Mind Curriculum Conference

BMW2Eli Yamin presented a workshop called “Making a Soulful Sound and Finding Freedom through Blues and Improvisation” on November 4, 2014 at the Balanced Mind Curriculum Conference (XVIII), a professional development event for art, dance, music & theatre educators. The event was sponsored by Nassau NYSCAME (New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education) and was held at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.

In this hands-on workshop, participants experienced how the Blues is the universal soul of all American music from Jazz to Country, R&B to Hip-Hop. How does one make a soulful sound? How can improvisation help one sing and dance the Blues to get rid of the blues? These questions and more were answered as participants performed “There’s Blue All Around Me, But I’m Not Feeling Blue Today,” a blues song from Nora’s Ark, the jazz musical by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson.