The members of the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble are passionate about jazz and wish the wonderful experience they have in the Philharmonic Association to be more widely known and shared. In a recent discussion about diversity and social justice, TYJE members expressed the desire to raise funds for musicians who don’t have the advantages they do. A gift of $140 will give one musician two free private lessons with an area professional, and cover the $20 audition fee. A gift in any amount is appreciated and will go toward this project.

In hopes of inspiring support for this project, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble would like to share a virtual recording they created this past semester. Despite not being able to rehearse in person since early March, the ensemble has enjoyed making virtual recordings together like this one which is called “The TYJE 2020 Blues.” Each musician composed blues themes which their director, Gregg Gelb, arranged for big band. We are so honored because Branford Marsalis joined the ensemble as guest tenor saxophonist. The recording and video were produced by TYJE members, Justin Lumpkin and Alexander Eischeid. We hope that viewers will see the value of the experiences offered by the Philharmonic Association and help make it possible for all musicians to have those valuable experiences.  We hope this project will let more people know about our program and build a more diverse ensemble. Additionally, we want to raise funds for our financial aid program which helps with application and participation fees and gives disadvantaged students two free lessons with area professionals in order to prepare for this fall’s auditions.

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