Archive for the 'Schools' Category

August 20th 2012
The Jazz Session #397: W.O. Smith Music School

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast & Schools

Named after a pioneering African-American musician and educator (that’s W.O. Smith playing bass on Coleman Hawkins’ original “Body And Soul” recording), Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School “makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families. We transform lives through music.” In this interview, Executive Director Jonah Rabinowitz talks about the school’s origins; the mission it serves and the unique way it affords to offer its services; and the ambitious fundraising and community involvement that led to the school’s current state-of-the-art facility. Learn more at wosmith.org.

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August 13th 2012
The Jazz Session #395: Nashville Jazz Workshop

Posted under Clubs & Schools

The Nashville Jazz Workshop is “a non-profit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community.” In this interview, co-founder and Director of Operations Roger Spencer talks about turning a decades-old unused industrial space into an oasis for jazz education and performance; why he’s unhappy with a lot of college jazz programs and how the Workshop’s approach is different; and the wide variety of amateurs and professionals who find a musical home at the Workshop. Learn more at nashvillejazz.org.

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