The She Jazz Project

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What is the She Jazz Project:

The She Jazz Project is a South Florida-wide, all-female jazz honors ensemble where up to 35 musicians, ages 14-22, will study and perform, side-by-side with renowned female mentor artists. The goal:  Create a platform to encourage local, young women to pursue meaningful careers in jazz. 

Who will be the lead mentor in the She Jazz Project
As the 2020-21 academic year commences, The She Jazz Project will bring 3-time Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, producer, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington to spearhead the project as artistic director.

Where will the She Jazz Project Activities Take Place.
Most project activity will take place at Pinecrest Gardens, in the 530-seat Banyan Bowl and surrounding buildings. Additional community performances will take place in smaller venues, both traditional and alternative. If a large enough concentration of students participate from a specific neighborhood, program rehearsals will be brought to the community.

What Are the Primary Activities of the She Jazz Project

• Focus on PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE

• Development of broad guideline curriculum that commences with start of academic year, 2020-21

• Weekly coaching, rehearsals: full, sectionals, ensembles

• 3-4 visits per year by Terri Lyne Carrington

• Formation of several small performance ensembles and an all-female big band 

• Compose/premiere new works with ensembles

• 2-3 performances per year at Pinecrest Gardens

• Quarterly performance in smaller, community settings

• Annual studio recording (minimum, single record; potential multiple records)

• Partnership/potential for exchange activities with Berklee Global Jazz Institute students

•Lectures/demos/coaching/performances by visiting female mentor artists to the South Motors Jazz Series

• Assistance with scholarship research/cultivation among involved institutions and future partners

How We Will Measure Our Success
Researchers have found that access to mentors and role models is a strong predictor of success for young people across careers. In a study of 628 college music students, educator Kathleen McKeage found that while women represented 56% of all music students, only 28% played jazz instruments. The She Jazz Project intends to disrupt this male-dominant trend.  

Why Pinecrest Gardens

Here, at Pinecrest Gardens, jazz programming is the centerpiece of performing arts activity.

The celebrated 7-part series Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019-20, and the Gen-Next Jam Sessions mentorship program enters its fifth year. Now, it is the desire of Village leadership and Gardens staff to launch a jazz mentorship program to aid local female jazz musicians as they grow as performers. Together with Terri Lyne Carrington, Berklee College of Music, FIU School of Music, and others. The She Jazz Project is the next evolution of jazz programming at Pinecrest Gardens.

Applications will be available for the She Jazz Project in January 2020.