The award-winning, world-touring members of Taylor Made Jazz discuss their careers as performers and writers, demonstrate the use of their instruments, and provide the opportunity for students to exam
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An inviting introduction to jazz and blues by a beloved Buffalo jazz ensemble. Demonstrating jazz instruments and performing both original songs and standards, the artists encourage audience participa
In 1987, keyboardist Van Taylor founded this jazz-oriented band, composed of an array of world-class musicians, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ). In order to foster new jazz lovers and encourage new performers, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ) has given hundreds of school performances, where their entertaining and dynamic approach has inspired a new generation of young fans and performers.
On May 8th, Taylor Made Jazz was invited to perform for the US/Egyptian Embassy’s OMC Spring Gala in Cairo, Egypt! There, musicians Ronald Walker, Tim Webb, Michael Pennick, Walter Kemp and vocalists Melissa Kate and Joyce Wilson-Nixon joined Mr. Van Taylor in entertaining some of our highest ranking military men and women—including Ambassador Margaret Scobey and Lt. Col. Isaac Davidson. Both vocalists had the honor of singing the US National Anthem for this prestigious event.
Taylor Made Jazz has educated thousands of children all over the world through its Music is Peace program and have been proud artists of Young Audiences WNY since 1990. The group has entertained our troops overseas for well over 30 years, bringing to their school performances a world of multi-cultural experience. “Music is the bridge to peace and harmony,” Taylor says, “Our American heritage of Jazz music is celebrated all over the world.”
In addition to their performance in Egypt,Taylor Made Jazz’s vocalist and YA-WNY teaching artist Melissa Kate performed in NYC at Governor’s Island for Army Heritage Day on June 19. The group is also scheduled to host Veteran’s Appreciation Day in Buffalo from 7-9 p.m. on board the USS Little Rock at the Buffalo Marine Park.
A benefit concert for Young Audiences WNY
TAYLOR MADE JAZZ
with supporting performances by
FUNKBELLY with Eric Crittenden
- DATE: Saturday, March 24, 2012
- TIME: 8:30 start. Featured performances and events from 8:30-10pm, with supporting performances from 10:30pm – 12:30am
- LOCATION: Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Ameherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
- TICKETS: General admission, $20 in advance / $25 at the door
ABOUT: World-class entertainers Taylor Made Jazz will serve up the perfect blend of cool jazz and R&B as they headline Beats & Brews, a musically delicious FUNdraiser benefiting Young Audiences WNY. Featured performances and raffles will take place from 8:30-10pm, after which, the party continues with musical powerhouse – FunkBelly. Featuring all-star performers Eric Crittenden, Zuri Appleby, Deshawn “D Ray” Jackson, and Dale Toliver, FunkBelly is a Buffalo-bred jazz, soul and funk ensemble sure to get you off your feet. At Beats & Brews the dress code is casual and the celebration is lively!
Your ticket purchase supports Young Audiences WNY’s mission of making the arts a part of young people’s lives in order to enhance their development as creative and productive human beings.
Performers featured at this event work with Young Audiences to engage children in creative learning in the arts.
Young Audiences news articles and press releases are listed below to download as PDFs. You can download Adobe Reader (free, required to read PDFs) here.
3/23/12 Buffalo News GUSTO by Colin Dabkowski. Forever young: Benefit will support expanding vision of Young Audiences
1/20/12 Downtown library picks up third tenant by Tracey Drury, Business First
1/20/12 Young Audiences seeks space in downtown library by Tracey Drury, Business First
1/18/12 The Buffalo News Picture Page features images of slam poet Gayle Danley, photographs by Derek Gee (images 3 and 4)
1/17/12 Good Morning Buffalo features Gayle Danley’s performance at the Downtown Central Library, by Dale Anderson
1/5/12 See You There in Artvoice for One World Tribe, Ryan Wolf
12/29/11 One World Tribe head to Three Kings Day Event, Buffalo News
12/25/11 For the arts, tidings of great joy by Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News
5/11 Buffalo Schools Arts Education Funding on Decline, Center for Arts Education Release
10/19/09 Announcing New Board Leadership
Add excitement to your school day! Young Audiences’ highly participatory assembly programs are one-time events that introduce students to an art form, while supporting a variety of curricular areas. Our unique performances are designed to reinforce core curriculum topics, foster creative and critical thinking skills, and broaden student understanding of the world’s arts and cultures.
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