Jazz Music On Tap For Thousands Of Urban School Kids

The Rockefeller Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center are teaming up to put jazz in the ears of thousands of urban school children across the globe.

“Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour” is expected to reach 9,000 students in 60 schools in five cities, including New Orleans; Chicago; St. Louis, Missouri; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Sydney, Australia.

The tour, fueled by a $1 million foundation grant and led by Wynton Marsalis, is designed for students with limited access to arts education in grades K-12. It offers examples of how others have used music to wrestle with the enduring social struggles of urban life in the 21st century.

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JazzFestBrno, Sono Centrum, Brno, Czech Republic

Each participating school receives three live performances and local artists will be selected to serve as resident teaching artists.