a Benefit Concert for the Jazz Foundation of America’s KEYED UP! Program
presented with The Jam Session and Hosted by WPPB’s Ed German and Brian Cosgrove
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 6 PM* | $40
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THE EAST SIDE ENTRANCE INTO THE THEATER (not the front). WE RECOMMEND YOU PARK IN THE MUNICIPAL LOT BEHIND THE BUILDING.
Southampton Arts Center and The Jam Session are thrilled to kick-off the 2018 season with Keeping Live Jazz ALIVE, an all-star concert to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s KEYED UP! program. World-class music and delicious food will come together on February 3, 2018 in support of live Jazz and the people who have made it a truly iconic musical genre.
Keep Live Jazz ALIVE is a much-needed tribute to this American artform and a celebration of live Jazz. This display of musical expression will emerge during the deep slumber of winter, bringing our East End community together with a big-band experience. Musicians include Ray Anderson on Trombone, Claire Daly on Baritone Saxophone, Jay Rodriguez on Tenor Saxophone, Morris Goldberg on Alto Saxophone, Diego Urcola on Trumpet, Santi Debriano on Bass, Bill O’Connell on Piano, and Claes Brondal on Drums.
Jazz is an eclectic gumbo of world cultures born in the giant melting pot of the United States. This style of music is truly timeless, continuously evolving and appealing to kids of all ages. Keeping Live Jazz ALIVE will shine a bright light on Jazz and showcase world-class musicians in their natural environment – before a live audience!
The Jazz Foundation of America is a vital custodian of jazz. This benefit will enable these organizations to assist musicians in dire need and help provide a quality venue in the east end community. So get ready for an unprecedented musical event during midst of the dark of winter. It’s the first benefit of the 2018 season!
The concert will be recorded for rebroadcast on local NPR Member station WPPB by recording engineer and Jam Session Radio Hour host George Howard. Net proceeds will benefit KEYED UP! and Southampton Arts Center’s live music programming.
About KEYED UP!:
KEYED UP! has quickly become NYC’s favorite entity for musicians, audiences, and venues alike. Operating simultaneously in over 25 partner venues spanning from Jersey City, NJ to Sag Harbor, NY, Keyed Up is proud to keep hundreds of musicians working and over a thousand hungry jazz listeners happy each week at no extra cost to partner venues.
Jazz Generation is a Keyed Up! jazz education and performance initiative that creates playing opportunities for children and adults in separate, yet complementary, programs. For younger jazz musicians, the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra gives the invaluable experience of a weekly gig on one of New York’s most famous stages. Finally, for New York schoolchildren, the Jazz Discovery Program introduces the music to grade schoolers, often for the first time.
About the Jazz Foundation of America:
For 26 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been keeping jazz and blues alive by helping the musicians who have played with everyone from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. The JFA is committed to providing financial, medical and legal assistance to those great jazz and blues veterans who have paid their dues by making a lifetime of this music and find themselves in crisis due to illness, age and/or circumstance, and now assists in more than 5,000 cases a year nationwide. Please visit jazzfoundation.org for more info.
About The Jam Session Inc.
The Jam Session, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on the art of improvisational Jazz as the primary foundation, with other styles and influences present as well. Inspired by the late-night jam sessions and loft rehearsals in New York City, The Jam Session believes that the evolution and survival of improvisational music takes place in front of a live audience, being inclusive and accessible to all who want to engage. Frequent local home for The Jam Session is Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. Visit thejamsession.org for information and upcoming events.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
Join illustrator, children’s book author and PAINT YOUR WORLD artist Mickey Paraskevas as he reads from some of his most popular children's books followed by a live sketching demonstration. Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two went on to create and write the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. Two of their other books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family.