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In this 5 week course, you will gain insight into the history of jazz music as well as the ways local artists have kept the legacy of jazz alive on the SouthCoast. You will explore jazz's roots in the African diaspora, the various genres that jazz has emerged from and inspired, and the ways that jazz lives on in our own city by meeting, listening to, and jamming with local jazz artists. No prior musical experience is necessary, but if you have an instrument you'd like to bring, feel free! Light refreshments will be provided.
Fridays, from January 27 to February 24. 6:30-8pm. Zeiterion Lounge.
All ages welcome.
Pay what you can! Choose $20, $10 or $5 (Card to Culture) per class at check-out.
These prices reflect our commitment to pay our teaching artists a living wage. Card to Culture pricing is available for EBT, WIC, and Connector Care cardholders to ensure that our Creative Classroom remains accessible to all. If you are not eligible for Card to Culture, you may choose between the $10 and $20 per class options on our sliding scale. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available at each price point, so register early!
Registration for the winter session has closed but, stay tuned for the spring line-up! Interested in this class coming back? Click here to tell us - and please let us know which price point is most comfortable for you.
Emmanuel “Manny” Escobar is a dynamic musician and educator, with roots firmly planted in Jazz, R&B and Afro-Latin creative traditions. He is a graduate of the Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory at Merit School of Music and Berklee College of Music and studied under Jan Berry Baker at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Emmanuel has performed and recorded with; Esperanza Spaulding, Reggie Workman, Loren Allred, Mayra Andrade, Pentatonix, Thaddeus Hogarth, Louis Cato, Roberta Miranda, Jermaine Paul, Cesaria Evora Orchestra, Grace Evora, Mika Mendes, Boy Ge Mendes, Tito Paris, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Emmanuel is an endorsing educator for Cannonball Musical Instruments, Rigotti Reeds and Syos Mouthpieces, a signed performing artist with Nightshift Entertainment - New England, adjunct faculty at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, and Music Director at Providence Country Day School.
The Z’s Creative Classroom offers performing arts classes to learners of all ages and abilities in a variety of mediums. It’s a safe and inviting space for all to explore their curiosity and interest in the arts. To lead these classes, we’ve selected the top teachers, performers, and artists in the Southcoast. Not only do they leverage their talent and experience to bring out the best in each student, these local artists are also employed for work in their craft.
The arts are a powerful tool that deepens our connection to the world and can reveal new ways to see it. That’s why we aim to make Creative Classroom as accessible as possible with a “pay what you can” model. Choose a price at check-out. Creative Classroom is also applicable for Card to Culture.