October 2, 2014

Welcome to the Jazz Drama Program site!

Our Mission:

The Jazz Drama Program inspires students, teachers and their communities by providing interactive experiences in the jazz arts –storytelling, music, dance, theatre and visual arts.

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 75 performances in thirteen states and four countries literally involving thousands of young people and their families in sustained exposure and involvement in the jazz arts.


Latest News

2014 Fall Benefit Concert Sponsorhip Opportunities

The Jazz Drama Program’s 2014 Fall Benefit Concert will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Mary Cary Flagler Hall at The DiMenna Center (450 West 37th Street, New York)

Deadline to ensure listing in the event journal is September 24, 2014

Here are the sponsorship levels:

Duke Ellington Level: $10,000

  • Ten Benefit Tickets
  • One-hour lunchtime presentation with Eli Yamin on Jazz applications in management and the workplace
  • Prominent Signage in Reception Area
  • Full-Page in Journal Logo Display
  • Podium Recognition
  • Company Logo prominently displayed on JDP Website

Louis Armstrong Level: $5,000

  • Ten Tickets
  • Prominent Signage in Reception Area
  • Full-Page in Journal Logo Display
  • Podium Recognition
  • Company Logo prominently displayed on JDP Website

Ella Fitzgerald: $2,500

  • Five Benefit Tickets
  • Half-Page Message in Gala Journal
  • Podium Recognition
  • Company Logo on JDP Website

Dizzy Gillespie Level: $1,000

  • Four Benefit Tickets
  • Half-Page Journal Message in Gala Journal Logo Display
  • Company Logo on JDP Website

Mary Lou Williams Level: $ 500

  • Two Benefit Tickets
  • Listing in Gala Journal
  • Listing on JDP Website

Jazz Friend: $150

Contributions to The Jazz Drama Program, a 501 c3 non profit organization, less cost of $50 per ticket are tax deductible.  The Jazz Drama Program is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization: EIN: 06-1722131

Click here for a downloadable sponsorship form.

For all inquiries, please contact Kareen Laton; kmlaton(at)gmail.com

The Jazz Drama Program Fall Benefit Concert Honoring Dorthaan Kirk

DorthaanKirkYou 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 2014 Benefit Concert honoring Dorthaan Kirk at Mary Cary Flagler Hall at The DiMenna Center (450 West 37th St) in Manhattan, NY on October 7, 2014 at 6:30 PMPurchase tickets here.

The Jazz Drama Program 2014 Benefit Concert honors Dorthaan Kirk who is the face of WBGO and a tireless ambassador for the country’s largest jazz station and for the music. For over 25 years she has been producing the WBGO Children’s Jazz Series. She also produces Jazz Vespers at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark and Dorthaan’s Place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

“It is our great honor to celebrate the life and work of one of the leading jazz advocates and supporters of our time in Dorthaan Kirk of WBGO, Jazz 88, who has been tirelessly working to expose jazz to generations of children.” says Artistic Director, Eli Yamin.

The evening’s entertainment features the sensational vocalist Catherine Russell, the wizard of creole clarinet, Evan Christopher, and the Eli Yamin Trio. Award winning journalist and vocalist Rondi Charleston hosts this soulful journey of swing and blues with additional performances from Jazz Drama Program students performing highlights from the newly recorded Jazz Drama Program musical, Message From Saturn, about the healing power of the blues.

Catherine Russell, Evan Christopher and Eli Yamin will perform songs from Louie’s Dream, a Jazz Drama Program release, which is dedicated to jazz heroes who inspired us all.

Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served and guests will have an opportunity to interact with the artists.

Admission is $150 (of which $100 is tax deductible).  The Jazz Drama Program is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

Purchase tickets here.

See the Press Release

Donate To The Jazz Drama Program With Your Amazon Purchase

The Jazz Drama Program is now registered with the AmazonSmile program.  Now, if you shop and check out at smile.amazon.com,  just like you would normally do at Amazon.com, 0.5% of your Amazon purchase will be donated to The Jazz Drama Program.  Buy what you need and help support Jazz Drama at the same time.  What could be better than that?