Hudson Valley Jazz Festival to Launch Education Program

March 8, 2013

This summer will mark the debut of the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Workshop to be held in Warwick, New York during the week of August 5- 11. The workshop will be directed by veteran musician and music educator, Bob Rosen. Rosen has been teaching at New York City’s Friends School for the past 26 years, having brought a jazz program to the school in the mid-‘80s. He is the founder and artistic director of The Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece big band in New York in which he also plays saxophones and clarinet. In existence since 1994 the ensemble has performed at many venues in the New York area and in the Warwick Arts Festival.

At the end of the week, the students will integrate in performance with professional jazz musicians who will be performing at the various venues connected to the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival. The workshop is open to aspiring improvising musicians of all ages. Says Rosen, “It would be fantastic if we could create two or three small ensembles with complete rhythm sections based on different levels of ability and experience – ensembles that will seize the moment and be part of the performance venues during the jazz festival. Nothing is quite so exciting for the aspiring musician than to play before an appreciative audience!”

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