A note from our founder....
“The study and performance of music not
only stimulates the intellect, it has a historically proven ability to
have a profoundly positive effect on a child’s life. Since I am
fortunate to have personally experienced this well known fact, it is
only natural for me to want to play a part in introducing children to
Jazz for Peace Music in the Schools -
This is a Jazz for Peace sample education series concert.
Jazz for Peace is determined to bring Americas Greatest art form back into the Schools
exposing students to Jazz in some cases for the very first time. .......
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Jazz Greats Rick DellaRatta with Rufus Ried and Billy Hart performing an
Education Series Concert at the Soul School Clinic in Kansas City.
Rick with Bobby Watson, Rufus Reid and Billy Hart at K.C. Jazz Festival
INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, PARENT COMMITTEES, AND ARTS-IN-EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS
Jazz for Peace is a professional jazz group led by internationally renowned pianist/vocalist Rick DellaRatta. All performances feature Rick, accompanied by top jazz musicians in the industry.
In addition to his talent as a performer, Rick is also an experienced educator. Jazz for Peace provides educational performances for all levels of academia, elementary through graduate levels. One of the goals of Jazz for Peace is to expose students to the wonderful art form of jazz. Rick enjoys performing in the schools very much. The theme of a recent master-class with jazz greats Rufus Reid and Billy Hart was "The Evolving Role of the Rhythm Section Throughout Jazz History." Another recent elementary school performance was "The History of Jazz Styles." These are just a few examples. Rick is an innovative and acclaimed jazz artist who will provide an enlightening event that will surely be a thrill for all attendees.
is Jazz for Peace?
Jazz for Peace is a professional jazz group led by internationally renowned
pianist/vocalist Rick DellaRatta. Their concert at the United Nations in New
York on September 25, 2002 (featuring Israeli, Middle Eastern, European, Asian
and American jazz musicians performing for an international audience) is now
considered one of the most significant cultural events of our time. All
performances feature Rick, accompanied by top jazz musicians in the industry.
Jazz for Peace is a non-profit organization with several immediate goals
including: to continue our benefit concert series which this past year raised
money and awareness for over 50 Organizations which we have listed on our
website as well as created the foundation for further collaboration, expand
Jazz For Peace™ Concerts to other Cities, States, and Countries, help to
bring music back into the schools and Jazz into schools (many for the first
time) so that children of today will gain the exposure, understanding and
acknowledgment of America's greatest art form that previous generations did
not have, and to donate musical instruments to underprivileged children
”When we fill our souls up with creativity, artistry and intelligence, things of that nature, we have a better chance at avoiding the behavior that leads to destruction."
Rick DellaRatta - Founder Jazz for Peace
information about the Education Series
addition to his talent as a performer, Rick is also an experienced educator.
Jazz for Peace provides educational performances for all levels of academia,
elementary through graduate levels. One of the goals of Jazz for Peace is to
expose students to the wonderful art form of jazz. The goal of the
Education series is to motivate children while introducing them to a music that
is an integral part of our American Culture. A typical Jazz for Peace
Education Concert would: demonstrate the different styles of jazz explained
through the cultural evolution and geographical migration of the art form,
demonstrate the typical roles of various instruments in a jazz ensemble, and
experiment with various methods of involving the audience first hand on the
for Peace is an active supporter of keeping music and other arts in schools.
Our education series is also working to collect and repair used instruments to
donate to schools in need everywhere. Additionally, we believe that music
education is an integral part of a complete rounded education.
has shown that musical study develops critical thinking and self discipline
skills and improves a child's early cognitive development, basic math and
reading abilities, self-esteem, SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial
reasoning skills, and school attendance. Also, researchers have found that
children involved with music education are more likely to graduate from high
school and attend college, and are less likely to be involved with gangs and
substance abuse. http://www.vh1.com/partners/save_the_music/who_we_are/index.html)
Jazz is a powerful voice in our American heritage. It is an outgrowth and
melting pot of many musical genres including African rhythms, blues, and
ragtime. Therefore, it is important that we are exposed to our culture as
a basic socialization process. Additionally, it has been a voice for many
in a variety of social situations. The evolution of Jazz has been rapid
and constantly changing, a mirror of the culture that produced the art. An
example of the profound impact of Jazz through culture is Charles Black, whose
work on the civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education was inspired by the
playing of Louis Armstrong. “It was an era of racial segregation in
music, particularly improvised music such as jazz, has been a proven stimulator
of the intellect in children. Finally, Jazz has extended beyond our
boarders to become and internationally recognized high-art form that grew out of
American culture. This music speaks for our culture in many other
countries around the globe, but sadly our own children are often not exposed to
its importance. Jazz education, crucial though it may be to our
understanding of our own history, often is overlooked by a standard curriculum.
Jazz for Peace exists to motivate, inspire, and expose.
If you are interested in discussing the possibility of Jazz for Peace coming to
your school please respond with your phone number and the best time to reach
you. If you know someone who may be interested, please forward this e-mail
freely. Thank you for your time and I look forward to lighting up the
imagination of your students.