January 16, 2017

Welcome to the Jazz Drama Program site!

Blues expression heals.

  Listening unites.

    Improvisation empowers.

       Story engages and enlightens.

Our Mission:

To build more imaginative, diverse and compassionate communities through education in jazz music, theatre and dance.

 

Our Programs:

Create jazz musicals based on socially relevant stories like the fight for women’s suffrage, breaking social dogma to address environmental crisis, and learning to sing, play and dance the blues to heal the world.

Provide education experiences to students, teachers, and business leaders fostering exceptional growth through jazz tools such as active listening, syncopation, groove and improvisation.

Give jazz performances worldwide that are multi-generational and multi-art form.

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

Upcoming Message from Saturn CD Release Events

Sunday, January 8 from 2:30-4:30pm
Message From Saturn CD Release Celebration
Eli Yamin Quartet featuring James Zollar, trumpet and Zah! Jazz Youth performing selections from Message From Saturn, the space odyssey about the healing power of the blues inspired by Sun Ra and Mary Lou Williams and written by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
Suggested donation is $5 students/seniors and $10 general


Tuesday, January 17 Sets at 7:30 and 9:30pm
Message From Saturn CD Release Celebration
Eli Yamin and the Astro Intergenerational Arkestra perfom the score with narration featuring:
Camille Thurman, saxophone and vocal
James Zollar, trumpet
Eli Yamin, piano
Tom Dempsey, guitar
Russell Hall, bass
Stefan Schatz, drums
Okra Dance with Shireen Dickson
Zah! Jazz Youth

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center
60th and Broadway, Time Warner Building, 5th Floor
Tickets here


Sunday, February 12 from 2:30-4:30pm
Zah! Intergenerational Jazz Jam
Eli Yamin and Friends perform the 1st set then invite musicians, singers and dancers of all ages to jam.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
Suggested Donation is $5 students/seniors and $10 general



Sunday, March 12

Zah! Intergenerational Jazz Jam
Eli Yamin and Friends perform the 1st set then invite musicians, singers and dancers of all ages to jam.

National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
Suggested Donation is $5 students/seniors and $10 general

A Message from Saturn for You!

A_Healing_Song-MFSII from The Jazz Drama Program on Vimeo.

Message From Saturn CD Release Announcement

We have a MESSAGE FROM SATURN for you!
Message From Saturn, the CD of the space odyssey about the healing power of the blues inspired by Sun Ra and Mary Lou Williams is available NOW for purchase.
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