Workshops Taylor Made Jazz

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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

Taylor Made Jazz

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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

Taylor Made Jazz

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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.

Taylor Made Jazz Plays Cairo!

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Taylor Made JazzOn 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.

Beats & Brews 2012

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BeatsA benefit concert for Young Audiences WNY

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.


In the News

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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.

4/20/13 Business First on our home in the Library and art auction

8/21/12 Ferdinand Performance at Central Library on September 15

8/7/12 Young Audiences Goes To Town Fundraiser Announced for October 10

7/24/12 Buffalo Receives Prestigious NEA Our Town Grant

7/2/12 Young Audiences WNY Celebrates 50 Years of Service

5/23/12 Young Audiences Presents Free Canalside Programming for Families

5/15/12 Young Audiences Expands Arts Residency with Heritage Centers

4/20/12 Arts Education Initiative Seeks Proposals for Cultural Programming

4/10/12 Buffalo Conference Focuses on Serving Youth at Risk of Educational Failure

3/23/12 Buffalo News GUSTO by Colin Dabkowski. Forever young: Benefit will support expanding vision of Young Audiences

3/9/12 US House & Senate Resolutions Designate Nation Young Audiences Week Beginning March 12

2/28/12 Taylor Made Jazz Headlines Benefit Concert to Support Arts Education

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

12/23/11 Young Audiences Hosts Free Performance by Slam Poet Champion

12/23/11 One World Tribe in Concert at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

12/7/11 Cultural Instituttions thankful for county funds by Ryan Whalen, YNN

11/2/11 Where the heART Is – Public Schools and Nonprofits Partner on heARTS Programs by Anna Miller, The Good Neighborhood

10/11/11 The Good Neighborhood’s Anna Miller gives an in depth look at our accomplishments in preparation for Young Audiences Goes To Town

10/7/11 On the Healthy Zone on WGRZ with Janet Snyder, talking about programming support of healthy young people

10/6/11 See You There! Young Audiences Goes to Town featuring N’Dias (The Mix), Artvoice

10/5/11 Invest in Education with the Arts by Cynnie Gaasch, Buffalo Rising

10/2/11 Buffalo News Honor Roll – Lorna C. Hill and Helga MacKinnon

9/28/11 On AM Buffalo WKBW talking about the educational gains made with after school programs

9/27/11 N’Dias (The Mix) to Headline Benefit Performance for Arts Education

9/22/11 Young Audiences Hosts Celebration to Support Arts Education

9/1/11 Young Audiences Honors Local Arts Educators for Outstanding Service and Achievement

8/22/11 Arts Partners for Learning Core Partner for Arts Services Initiative — Buffalo News, Colin Dabkowski

8/19/11 Educational Initiative Young Audiences Core Partner —Business First, Tracey Drury

7/18/11 Young Audiences Seeks Honorees by Colin Dabkowski, The Gusto Blog.

6/29/2011 Time for teachers to become the students by Emily Stoll,

6/16/11 Arts Organizations Providing Teacher Training in Downtown Buffalo

6/16/11 Local Leaders Attend National Institute

5/11 Buffalo Schools Arts Education Funding on Decline, Center for Arts Education Release

5/19/11 Kids ‘Keep It Moving’ During National Physical Fitness Month

5/6/11 Beats & Brews by Jill Greenberg, Artvoice Blog

5/6/11 Art from the Heart by Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

5/6/11 Workin’ Through the Weekend – Young Audiences & Architecture + Education Gallery Reception by Andrew Delmonte, The Good Neighborhood

5/6/11 ‘Beats & Brews’ to benefit Young Audiences of WNY by Collin Dabkowski, The Gusto Blog

5/5/11 Sometimes school can be educational by Ben Kirst,

5/5/11 Architecture + Education: Classroom Collaboration in the Arts

5/4/11 Interview with Cynnie Gaasch on Good Morning Buffalo, 1230 AM WECK

4/27/11 Buffalo Architecture Foundation Plans for 2011 by Jimmy Graziano, Buffalo Rising

3/30/11 Beats & Brews: All-Star Artists Perform to Support Arts Education

3/17/11 Give for Greatness: Young Audiences WNY Profile, ArtVoice

2/17/11 Culture in the Balance by Joyce Kryszak, WBFO

2/1/11 Quiet in the Studio: Radio Acting in the Classroom

1/7/11 Agencies Work to Ensure That Art is There For All, Letter to the Editor from Dorothea Braemer, Buffalo news

1/6/11 Young Audiences Expands Arts Residency with Heritage Centers

12/16/10 Student Artists Host Public Reception and Celebration

12/6/10 MEDIA ADVISORY: Chamber Music After School Program Hosts Open Rehearsal

10/8/10 Education Suffers from Cultural Funding Cuts by Theresa Woehrel, Buffalo Rising

10/6/10 Buffalo Schools Suffer from Education Funding Cuts by Eileen Buckley, WBFO

10/5/10 News from Assemblymember Sam Hoyt: Hoyt Calls on NYS Council on the Arts to Restore Funding to Buffalo Schools Arts Programs

9/14/10 HR275 Arts in Education Week Resolution

7/8/10 Young Audiences Learn from the Experts by Ariana Stone, American University’s College of Arts & Sciences News Release

7/1/10 Young Audiences Celebrates Rhythm with Heritage Centers

5/24/10 Help Us Keep It Moving! by Theresa Woehrel, Buffalo Rising

5/17/10 Young Audiences Honors Local Artists for Commitment to Education

4/28/10 Conference Features Slam Poet Champion and Museum of Modern Art Educator

4/23/10 Mixing Art with Education by Thomas Hartley, Business First of Buffalo

4/22/10 Young Audiences Premieres Student Exhibit at Starlight Studio

3/31/10 Conference Focuses on Serving Youth at Risk of Educational Failure

3/26/10 Artist Residency Based on the Local History of the Underground Railroad by Vincent Sherry, Buffalo Rising

3/23/10 New Program Builds Business in Buffalo Arts Community

3/4/10 Young Audiences Invites Families to Go Around the World

2/22/10 Young Audiences Debuts New Residency About Underground Railroad

2/18/10 Young Audiences to Participate in First Annual Powder Keg Festival

1/25/10 Local Artists exhibited in Young Audiences WNY offices

1/14/10 Young Audiences Names Conference to Honor Patricia Cotsen

12/21/09 Fund for the Arts supports Young Audiences of WNY

11/2/09 Executive Director attends Future Leadership Workshop

11/2/09 Underground Railroad Residency in Development

10/19/09 Announcing New Board Leadership

10/2/2009 Young Audiences Brings Canal History to Life for Kids by Colin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News

9/3/09 Gusto at the Gallery Partnership with the Albright-Knox

9/1/09 Announcing New Executive Director

Assembly Performances

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LehrerAdd 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.

Performances are available in a wide range of music, art, dance, and theatre genres. Click through here to see our complete list of assembly performances, or browse some of these popular categories:

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Images on this page: LehrerDance (photo by Mike Canale) and Taylor Made Jazz (photo by Marten Czamanske Photography)


Goes to Town

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Young Audiences’ annual fundraiser brings community leaders together to celebrate our mission of enhancing young people’s lives through the arts. Your support helps bring programs to children throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The event features plentiful appetizers, a silent auction, raffles, and our annual awards ceremony – honoring outstanding achievement in the… Read more »

Celebrate National Young Audiences Week

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March 15 – 21, 2015 “The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.” – President Barack Obama The United States Senate and House of Representatives issued resolutions in 2012 designating a week in March annually as “National Young Audiences Week.” Read the resolution. YA Week honors the contributions Young… Read more »

Underground Railroad in Western New York

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A 5 to 20 session residency designed to explore Western New York’s history through ties to the Underground Railroad and performing and literary arts. FOR GRADE LEVELS: 4 through 12 RESIDENCY GOALS To provide students with exposure to exemplary and diverse African American artists that use art as a vehicle to explore history and articulate their responses… Read more »