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Recurring Event Event Series: Columbus Youth Jazz Girls Project

Columbus Youth Jazz Girls Project

February 28 @ 6:00 pm

The Columbus Youth Jazz Girls Project is a month-long music-making program that celebrates and uplifts girls and gender-expansive youth with interest in jazz. During each session, we will develop our skills as an ensemble while exploring jazz improvisation and soloing, creating a fun and encouraging space for students to build confidence and courage. Featuring special guest artists and educators, the CYJ Girls Project will focus on musical topics such as jazz improvisation, ensemble techniques, and important women in jazz history. We’ll also explore non-musical topics such as developing confidence, becoming a leader in your school music program and more. 

The CYJ Girls Project is open to female and gender-expansive instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 7-12 with a minimum of two years experience on their instrument. (Gender-expansive includes cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth. All are welcome!)

Students are encouraged to upload an audition tape with their registration but audition tapes are not required to participate. 

Jazz Arts Group is dedicated to developing and furthering all people in jazz, improvisation, and music making all around. We believe it is important to foster a community of inclusiveness in this industry, as it has historically been a male dominated field. We aim to give all an opportunity to learn, take risks, and develop their skills while normalizing a gender-inclusive environment in jazz.

This program is in collaboration with educator and saxophonist Mercedes Chomos, and jazz vocalist and educator Rachel Azbell during Women’s History Month as a way to honor past women in jazz and upcoming female leaders.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Dates: Tuesdays, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, 2023

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Jazz Academy – 769 E. Long St (4th Floor) Columbus, OH 43203

Performance Schedule: Select ensembles will have a clinic at the Jazz Girls Day on Saturday, April 1st, time TBD. (The Jazz Girls Day will be announced soon. Time is 9-4pm.) All ensembles will have a public final performance on Saturday, April 1st at 7pm in the Lincoln Ballroom.

Attendance policy: Students may miss one rehearsal during the month, but must be able to attend the April 1st Jazz Girls Day and final performance in order to participate.

Please reach out to Rachel Azbell, Education Program Manager at razbell@jazzartsgroup.org with questions or concerns.


February 28
6:00 pm
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Jazz Academy
769 E. Long St,
Columbus, OH 43203 United States


Jazz Arts Group
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