Though officially incorporated in December of 2003, The Jazz Drama Program (JDP) began as an idea through a 1998 Meet the Composer-New Music for Schools Grant awarded to jazz composer Eli Yamin and monies from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. That year saw a workshop production of a jazz musical composed by Yamin and Clifford Carlson. The resulting effort, When Malindy Swings, based on a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, was a smash success. National Public Radio’s Jazz Set with Branford Marsalis aired a 10-minute feature on the project nationwide.
This prompted Yamin and Carlson to write four more jazz musicals on their own over the next four years and in so doing, establish a groundbreaking idea in jazz education. Combining the power of experiential learning with story telling and total immersion in the language and culture of jazz as a potent tool for communication, children experience jazz across the curriculum, as they never have before.
The Jazz Drama Program is based in New York and received its tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) status in September of 2004.
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