Nashville Jazz Workshop
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1012 Buchanan Street
Nashville, TN 37208
Organization Details

Programs

Budget
$55,000.00
Description
For the last eight years, the NJW has offered a week-long Summer Jazz Camp for high school age youth. The camp has been received with enthusiasm by students, parents, and schools, drawing a high level of participation. The camp serves both instrumental and vocal students. A partnership with Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music provides space for the camp, offering exceptional facilities for classrooms, performance, and rehearsal space. Students from the camp have continued to take classes and attend performances. Students have also distinguished themselves by receiving statewide honors, with some being accepted into prestigious college music programs. Donors have provided scholarship support so that low-income students can attend. NJW also has a program, supported by generous donors, for talented and motivated high school music students to receive scholarships for private lessons and NJW classes throughout the year.
Program Successes
A recent alumni of the NJW Jazz Camp had the opportunity to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival, and now performs professionally in the community.


Category
Arts, Culture & Humanities  - Music Instruction 
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Long-term Success
Over 400 students have participated in the Summer Jazz Camp and Scholarship Lessons programs over the past eight years. Alumni of these programs show marked musical growth as noted by teachers, and report a high level of satisfaction with their experience. Many report that these programs improve their overall musicianship, allowing them to participate in other forms of music as well as jazz. A disporoportionate number of students receive regional and statewide honors such as selection for Mid-State and All-State jazz bands. In addition, many alumni of these programs have gone on to prestigious music schools, who report that students enter with markedly higher-than-average skills. Many students have gone on to professional careers in music.
Short-term Success
This past year, 17 students out of a total of 59 were selected for the Midstate Jazz Band in grades 9-12 were participants in the NJW Jazz Camp. Stated another way, almost 30% of those selected for Midstate Jazz Band were Jazz Camp alumni.

Students completing the program report a high level of satisfaction with their experience, and note tangible gains they have made.

An example comment from one parent: "[student] had such a wonderful week with everyone, it was life-changing for her. She has attended various camps and programs over the last few years, and this was by far the most educational and enriching program she's ever been a part of. Just this summer alone, she attended the Vocal Summit at Berklee School of Music and was a top 40 finalist in Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Competition, however Nashville Jazz Workshop beat them all. "
Program Success Monitored By
Short term: surveys administered at the conclusion of jazz camp. Long term: reports from teachers and former students.
Program Areas Served
None
Budget
$50,000.00
Description
JAZZ AT HOME is a series of house concerts held several times during the year. Featuring NJW faculty artists, JAZZ AT HOME events serve both as fundraisers and as an introduction of jazz and NJW to new patrons. These events are hosted by NJW supporters in their homes, with hosts furnishing food and guest lists.

JAZZMANIA is the NJW's annual fall jazz party and fundraiser. The event has grown to include over 400 patrons, featuring live jazz, food and wine, and auctions. In addition to raising money for the NJW, the event focuses attention on the jazz community and is one of the more enjoyable of the city's charity events. Each year at the event the NJW HERITAGE AWARD is presented to an individual who has made major contributions to the jazz community over a long period of time. Past award winners have included drummer Chester Thompson, trumpeter Rod McGaha, WMOT Program Director Greg Lee, and pianist Beegie Adair.
Beneficiaries
Adults
Long-term Success
The annual fundraising event accounts for over half of the organization's contributed income. Through a targeted appeal that is part of the event, funds are raised for special program needs such as youth scholarships. Patrons consistently report a high level of satisfaction with the event.
Program Areas Served
None
Budget
$160,000.00
Description
Jazz classes are offered for all ages and ability levels and all instruments and vocalists. Listening and history classes, suitable for anyone, are also offered. Most classes are offered weekly for six-week sessions, in afternoons and evenings. Three-week 'mini-courses' are also offered, as are workshops and master classes. The educational approach is a journeyman/apprentice model, in which students learn through modeling and mentoring from working professionals. Classes are small, averaging six students. The vocal curriculum has the largest catalog anywhere of courses on the American Popular Song. Other tracks focus on Vocal Technique, Fundamentals and Musicianship, and Vocal Performance. The instrumental curriculum includes courses in theory, improvisation, and ensembles from beginning to advanced. Ensembles focus on music of major jazz artists and groups such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk, or on styles from classic 'Blue Note' jazz to fusion.
Program Successes
Several former students have gone on to national success and recognition or to local professional careers:
RACHAEL PRICE, lead singer for the pop group Lake Street Dive, was an NJW student during her high school years, as was KANDACE SPRINGS, Blue Note recording artist.
ANNIE SELLICK, one of the original cohort of NJW students in 2000, has had a successful performing, recording, and touring career. She has recorded 7 CD's, the first with the help of her NJW faculty mentors.
CHRISTINA WATSON and Liz Johnson, also former NJW vocal students, have gone on to professional careers performing, recording, and teaching. Besides being faculty members at NJW, both have taught at the university level and have private teaching studios.
RAHSAAN & ROLAND BARBER (saxophone and trombone respectively) studied at NJW during their high school years and went on to advanced study at Indiana University and Manhattan School of Music and are prominent artists and teachers on the local scene.
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Adults
Long-term Success
NJW has taught over 4,000 students in its 20 years as a nonprofit. Students completing class surveys report overwhelmingly positive results. Many former students have gone on to become working professional musicians, and a number have attained national or local recognition as performers or teachers. Many students describe their experiences in NJW classes as life-changing. Benefits cited include gaining a deeper appreciation of music, greater creativity and versatility in performing many styles of music, and a deeper connection to a musical community.
Program Success Monitored By
Online class surveys are completed at the end of class sessions; Students provide anectodal data verbally, via email, or video.
Program Areas Served
None
Budget
$140,000.00
Description
Performances are offered in the 'Jazz Cave', an intimate 80-seat listening room with superb acoustics. The venue has received local and national acclaim, and is one of DownBeat magazine's 'Great Jazz Venues' in the world. The NJW presents over 40 performances a year, including: * LIVE AT THE WORKSHOP: weekend performances featuring the area's top jazz artists. * JAZZ IN THE AFTERNOON; a daytime jazz program offered to groups (e.g., convention and tour groups) as well as to the general public several times yearly; * Bi-monthly performances by local jazz icon Beegie Adair and her trio, and quarterly performances by the Lori Mechem Trio. * Special performances and eclectic bookings that may include national and touring artists and world music. . Performances arE recorded in high quality audio and video. The impending move to a new facility includes plans for a new, high-quality listening room with more performances and a more eclectic booking policy designed to be more inclusive.
Program Successes
Local artists consistently seek opportunities to perform at the NJW.
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Long-term Success
The NJW has presented over 500 performances in its 20 years as a nonprofit, serving over 27,000 patrons. The venue has consistently been part of DownBeat Magazine's list of "Great Jazz Venues" in the world, and has frequently been a recipient of a Nashville Scene "Best of Nashville" award.

Program Success Monitored By
Audience comment cards are planned for the venue to be opened in mid-2020 in the NJW's new facility in North Nashville.
Program Areas Served
None
Budget
$40,000.00
Description
The NJW brings jazz performance and education to community settings and groups, to engage the wider community in jazz. One such program is JAZZ ON THE MOVE, a series of free Sunday afternoon lecture/performances at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The series focuses on important jazz artists and periods of jazz history, and draws standing-room audiences. To reach underserved populations, the series has expanded to other community venues through grant and donor support. Other outreach includes: * ELLINGTOWN, a jazz-themed puppet based on the life of Duke Ellington. produced by the NJW and the Nashville Public Library. The show is presented by the Library's puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, for several thousand children annually. * YOUTUBE CHANNEL (youtube.com/nashvillejazz) that presents live performance videos. The channel has over 14,000 subscribers and receives over2 million views a year from all over the world.
Long-term Success
Audience surveys indicate enthusiastic response and a diverse audience. For Jazz on the Move, audience numbers are consistently high and performances are often standing room-only. Performances of Ellingtown by the Nashville Public Library consistently reach several thousand young children each year, with frequent anecdotal reports that the show is one of the favorites of teachers, parents, and children.
Program Areas Served
None

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NJW's programs encompass jazz classes, performances, outreach to the community, specialized programs for youth, and other special events and activities. As programs have grown in size and complexity, several challenges have arisen. There are limitations on physical space limiting the ability to serve all students in some of our more popular classes. This is being addressed through the development of satellite classes in several locations in different parts of the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. This also increases access for students in different parts of the city and helps us increase the diversity of our student body along geographic, age, and ethnic lines. Ethnic and age diversity has been an ongoing challenge for both classes and performances. This is addressed not only through satellite classes but through broadening the spectrum of classes and performances to include more diverse genres such as Latin jazz, contemporary, funk/fusion, progressive original material, and cabaret. Programs for youth have expanded. Through a combination of generous donors and organizational partners and increased outreach to area high schools, these current programs - a Summer Jazz Camp and Scholarship Lessons program - are thriving.