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.
Jen Russo is a visual artist who has been teaching in public and after school settings since 1998. She is a certified New York State art teacher and artist, and she focuses on figurative painting, murals and storyboard drawing. She also offers a variety of visual arts programs which include, but are not limited to, mandala designs and explorations in printmaking.
Doug Rougeux is an entertainer specializing in circus and theater performance. He is a graduate of Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College, Venice, FL and the University of Buffalo.
Both students and staff love Kevin’ s state-of-the-art show! With a concert feel and an incredible light show, he sings, plays guitar, and uses backing tracks for a full-band sound.
Kris Crosson has been a teaching artist for Young Audiences since 2003. She provides visual art workshops focusing on creative self-expression and self-awareness, building self-esteem through success-oriented art experience, as well as group-art for positive socialization.
Ladies First Jazz Combo feel a responsibility to educate the next generation of jazz performers and audiences. They are dedicated to making this unique American art form and musical history accessible to audiences everywhere.
Airigami, the art of folding air in latex containers, stands at the crossroads of three very ancient art forms: sculpture, puppetry and origami. Performance artists Larry Moss and John Wolfson use airigami to create original works of art, installations and experiences that range from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Performance artist Larry Moss uses airigami to create
Doug Yeomans brings over 30 years of award winning performing, recording and teaching experience to young people across Western New York. Their workshops on the performance, history and profession of
Annette Daniels Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer.
The Wondermakers, now in their 25th season, perform interactive story theatre and have given over 3,000 performances throughout New York, Florida, and Ohio in schools, libraries, theatres, festivals, and museums. Their performances celebrate diversity, collaboration, improvisation, and the importance of creativity.