The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues began the Jazz Diversity Project (JDP) in 2006. JDP is a traveling assembly program that brings live jazz music into middle schools across South Dakota. Since the beginning, over 50,000 students have been exposed to this great program!
The Jazz Diversity Project is an hour-long presentation combining jazz music education with American History the Humanities and Social Science curriculum. A live jazz combo and multi-media presentation bring the music to life.
The presentation begins as students discover the role jazz music played in the early 1900’s leading up through the Civil Rights Movement and into the present day. Students and teachers alike have enjoyed the program coming to their schools:
“This well-presented program was full of information. Our students were engaged in the lessons, made more aware of history through the slides, and also really enjoyed the music; the teachers were fascinated. It was a great way to link history that our students had only read about in books to the present through story, slides and music. Bravo to the talented musicians.” – Sally, Humanities Teacher
“Before I saw this group, I really did not know a lot about how jazz came to be…they taught me in a fun, cool way that I would remember.” – Bailey, Middle School Student
The Jazz Diversity Project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, the Larson Foundation, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and the South Dakota Arts Council. It is this support that allows the Jazz Diversity Project to perform FREE of charge to the school.
If you would like information on how the Jazz Diversity Project can visit your school, please contact the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society office at 605-335-6101 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dakota Jazz Collective provides music for the Jazz Diversity Project. Dakota Jazz Collective (DJC) is a Sioux Falls-based ensemble rooted in the classic and contemporary sounds of jazz. Featuring a horn-driven ensemble, members of DJC have developed a strong reputation as some of the region’s finest and most recognized jazz musicians. Celebrating the local jazz scene, committed to jazz education, and performing across the region, Dakota Jazz Collective shares their passion for jazz with every performance.
Dakota Jazz Collective serves as the exclusive band performing the Jazz Diversity Project. Members of the Dakota Jazz Collective, who provides the live music for the fantastic JDP performances include – Joel Shotwell: Saxophone, Jim McKinney: Drums, Jim Speirs: Trumpet, Jeremy Hegg: piano and vocals, & Andrew Reinartz: Bass
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