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First Friday Music Club: Fans

HI all, 

In May our very own Correia Jazz Ensemble students had the unique opportunity of working with jazz saxophonist John Rekevics, bassist Glen Fisher, and the band Con Alma.  During this two-week Artist in Residence series, students worked with these professional musicians developing their jazz improvisation skills and their overall understanding of jazz technique and jazz language. 

On May 19th the Jazz Ensemble and Con Alma gave joint performances for the Correia student body during two school-wide assemblies and then gave a third performance at Dizzy’s jazz club in downtown San Diego. Both ensembles performed music learned during the two-week Residency Series. Getting the chance to perform their music with professional musicians in a San Diego jazz club was a highlight of the year for our students. Students came away from the experience inspired, refreshed and excited about the jazz art form.   

I would like to personally thank the Correia Instrumental Music Association, The First Friday Club, and the Correia Association for their partnership in funding this Artist in Residence program and the school-wide assemblies.  It has been quite evident this year that all three organizations have come together, as a team, to support expanded programs that enhance student learning in music education at Correia Middle School.

Sincerely, 
Marc Dwyer
Director
Correia Instrumental Music
Correia Middle School - SDUSD

Marc Dwyer, Correia Middle School musical director (May 25, 2010)
'With Glen Fisher's leadership and support from the community we'll get this done.'
-Michael Price, Principal Point Loma High School
Dear Glen:

I am pleased to learn of your incredible support of jazz education in the Point Loma Schools, and Jazz at Lincoln Center is humbly grateful for your partnership with us in bringing the Jazz for Young People Curriculum to its elementary and middle schools.

I had the distinct pleasure to meet with music and education leaders on June 17, 2002 at the San Diego City Schools headquarters. We had the even greater pleasure of meeting you there and further discussing a partnership with the Point Loma Schools.

The Jazz for Young People Curriculum, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center is a revolutionary aide in teaching young people about jazz - its history, important figures, and perhaps most importantly, its relevance to our American identity through cross-disciplinary connections. It is the first comprehensive teaching resource ever created to involve our young people in learning about the uniquely American art form of jazz.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is crusading to have jazz included as a part of our elementary and middle school curriculum - in general music and/or in other subject areas. Your leadership in the Point Loma Schools is a national model. We look forward to working with your as you lead US in the creative and powerful implementation of this curriculum in your schools. We have yet to find a music educator as committed and successful in making sure that young people learn about jazz. Thank you so much.

Please let us know what we can do to further your success in jazz education in Point Loma.

Best wishes, and with great thanks,
Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director - - JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
Judy and Glen,

You both rock!!! thank you for all you do with the community and the kids....its so incredible to see them get up and jam.
Shannon Anderson, FSG President 2007