August 29, 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

Save the Date! The Jazz Drama Program 2015 Gala Benefit News

2015 Benefit Flyer_full pageV3You are invited to join us for a special evening as some of the greatest musicians and educators in jazz come together to support youth involvement and transformation through jazz. The Jazz Drama Program hosts its 2015 Benefit Concert honoring Jon Hendricks, father of vocalese, and Cobi Narita, jazz producer, at Mary Cary Flagler Hall at The DiMenna Center (450 West 37th St) in Manhattan, NY on October 14, 2014 at 7 PM.

Hosted by ABC News’ Ron Claiborne, the evening’s entertainment will feature the sensational vocalist Marion Cowings performing music by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross with the Eli Yamin Quartet and Zah! the Jazz Drama Program Youth Ensemble.

Purchase tickets here.

Zah! Ensemble 2015 Spring Rehearsals In Session

Zah! Ensemble 2015 Spring Rehearsals in Manhattan with Dance Director Shireen Dickson, Theatre Teaching Artist Katherine Ella Wood, Music Teaching Artists Cindy Hospedales and Judd Nielson and Artistic Director Eli Yamin.

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!