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Jazz House Kids Vocal Academy Perform for Jazz Appreciation Month

Simon Rentner

Jazz House Kids is a community-based arts organization located in Montclair, New Jersey, with a mission to provide year-round musical, educational, and cultural programs to students in grades K-12, teachers, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds. The "Jazz House" provides the framework for students to cultivate the talent, discipline, skills and principles they need to play, sing, and appreciate America's original musical art form. Through music, mentoring and education, Jazz House Kids cultivates tomorrow’s global citizens so they may build vibrant communities where they live.

Jazz House Kids Vocal Jazz Academy Leaders vocalists and educators Amy London and Dylan Pramuk brought their ensemble of teenage vocalists to WBGO’s studios to perform two jazz standards arranged by Pramuk like Ellington’s “Caravan” (with lyrics by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross) and Tadd Dameron’s “Ladybird.”

The group’s 10 vocalists are Anjolie Charlot, Claudia Nketia, Avril Fagan, Derick Campos, Callie Natiello, Ella Abramson, Ellah Brown, Morris Hayes, Wendy Brown, Maya Lerner and Susan Palermo, with the Rhythm Section made up of Radam Schwartz (piano), Joe Bussey (bass), and Eric Dupont (drums).

Listen to 88.3FM to hear their performances, or in the playlist below.

Carolyn's career in radio spans well over two decades, most of which have been spent wrapped up in the world of Jazz. It always seems to start with college radio, and for Carolyn that was no exception. Little did she know then that the music she was being introduced to at the University of Wisconsin campus station would remain a near constant in her life. Upon moving to New York City in 1993, it just so happened that a temp agency placed her in a very sweet spot - at WQEW-AM where she worked in the programming department under the tutelage of Program Director Stan Martin and alongside Jonathan Schwartz and other legendary radio hosts. It was there where her love of jazz vocalists began, not just on the radio, but also by seeing many perform live.