Our Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra program provides young talented jazz musicians with a stage and audience where they can hone their craft in performing at a very early stage of their development. It just happens that the stage they are performing on is one of the world’s top jazz clubs - Jazz Standard! They put together their own show as they choose repertoire, line up soloists and guests all under the watchful eye and supervison of many of today’s jazz prominent musicians.
The Jazz Standard Discovery Program was founded with the intention of bringing school kids from all backgrounds to the club to experience live jazz. These workshops were designed to be fun, educational, and interactive. For some eighteen years now, the JSDP has been bringing school children of a wide age range to the Jazz Standard, and reaching out to cultural centers such as Visions, a midtown residence for the visually impaired. We believe that cultivating a vibrant and passionate audience is just as important as supporting talented and driven musicians.
Richard Julian (owner, Bar Lunatico, Brooklyn): "KEYED UP! has been indispensable for us. Not only have they facilitated proper pay for our musicians, but they have sent top-notch players our way as well. A very reliable resource, but even more importantly, an inspired and passionate entity."
Cleve Douglas (vocalist): "KEYED UP! is a very fresh approach at providing much-needed life support to jazz. The efforts put forth through this organization allow me realize that in the current climate someone actually cares, and that someone is proactive in helping to keep this American art form alive here in NYC! Thank you, KEYED UP!"
Jon Davis (pianist, composer): "KEYED UP! is an extremely important organization, having a profoundly positive effect on the jazz scene and so many of the musicians lives, that are participating!"
Tim Armacost (tenor saxophonist): "Keyed Up!’s support for Yao’s 'Big Band and Beyond' series of concerts is evidence of their commitment to nurturing serious talent, and to helping get great music in front of live audiences. Keyed Up!’s motto is “We need more live jazz!” From the musician’s point of view - we need more organizations like Keyed Up!"
Hans Glawischnig (bassist): KU! allows for senior community members to share their craft, wisdom and secrets with junior members while relieving the venue owners of some of the financial strain, not to mention the fact that unsuspecting customers might be exposed to a music they don't know much about. It's a win-win-win situation and I'll do my best to nurture and promote KU! in any way possible."
You don't need to contribute funds to make a difference. Jazz Generation is always on the lookout for used pianos, new venues, and Jazz Ambassadors to spread the word. Click here to get involved.
The following is a simple grid showing exactly how your contribution can help Jazz Generation support the music scene. The $ amounts represent the annual cost for supporting a weekly performance of different group sizes at a new music venue near you.
A contribution of $3,200 = 52 paid gigs for up to 52 musicians per year
$5,800 = 52 paid gigs for up to 104 musicians per year
$8,400 = 52 paid gigs for up to 156 musicians per year
$11,000 = 52 paid gigs for up to 208 musicians per year
$13,600 = 52 paid gigs for up to 260 musicians per year
Every donation goes a long way. With the help of jazz lovers like you, our younger generation can study and perform with the greats, under worked musicians can find steady performance opportunities, the music can be exposed to 100's of new listeners each week, and local establishments can enjoy bigger crowds and crucial help with their bottom line. Thank you