In this free Singing Open Jazz Arts Master Class, Grammy Award winning vocalist Catherine Russell and Artistic Director, Eli Yamin, guide young performers to open up their voice and sing a song from Holding the Torch For Liberty, the musical about the fight for women's suffrage. Select participants will be invited to join ZAH! JAZZ YOUTH, a group that receives professional training and performs jazz musicals in the New York City area supported by the Jazz Drama Program!
The Jazz Drama Program is a New York City-based not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization committed to building more imaginative, diverse and compassionate communities through education in jazz music, theatre and dance. The Jazz Drama Program was founded in 2003 by jazz musician/educator Eli Yamin and writer/educator Clifford Carlson. Since then, thousands of young people in New York City, across the US and around the world have made friends with jazz and in jazz through participating in The Jazz Drama Program.
Artistic Director Eli Yamin is a pianist, composer, singer, and educator who has been spreading the joy of jazz through his work for 30 years including 10 years as founding director of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy. Eli tours with his blues band and jazz quartet, has released several CD's and has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and over 20 countries as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Eli sincerely believes learning about jazz should feel as creative as playing jazz and consistently shares this experience with students of all ages.