The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz brought its Peer-to-Peer jazz education program Maine this week as part of a weeklong tour to New England public schools. The “informances” are a combination of performance with educational information will be presented by five of the country’s most gifted high school music students along with internationally acclaimed trumpet recording artist Sean Jones, Kansas City jazz and blues vocalist and a former winner of the Institute’s International Jazz Vocals Competition Lisa Henry, and renowned jazz educator Dr. JB Dyas.
Each school visit included an assembly program featuring a musical performance for all students, followed by workshops for each school’s jazz band and choir with the visiting student performers playing alongside and sharing ideas with their New England counterparts. The program took place at Portland High School on May 23rd, Deering High School on May 24th.
Immediately following the informances jazz workshops were held for each host school’s jazz band and choir in which the visiting students played side-by-side with Maine students, providing tutelage peer to peer.
The week-long tour will conclude with two performances open to the public on May 25 at Portland’s premier jazz club, Blue (650A Congress St.), where Portland residents and visitors are invited to enjoy an evening of music with Jones and Henry alongside jazz’s future “young lions.” The septet will perform standards, jazz classics, and contemporary jazz, including compositions from Jones’ and Henry’s latest recordings. The shows begin at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. For further information call 207-774-4111 or visit https://portcityblue.com.