As part of their new collaboration, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Double H Ranch will be bringing jazz to Double H campers during a private, interactive concert and lesson entitled Jazz for Young People: What is Jazz? The Wednesday, August 14th, event will be hosted by Wynton Marsalis, a Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning jazz musician and feature members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO).
Jazz for Young People (J4YP) is one of JLCO’s highly-regarded programs. The concert will encourage the campers to sing and clap along with the music and will introduce them to the genre, teaching them about musical concepts and famous musicians in a fun and interactive way.
In addition to Marsalis, campers will also listen to and learn from JLCO saxophonist Victor Goines, pianist Dan Nimmer, trombonist Chris Crenshaw, bassist Carlos Henriquez, and drummer Jason Marsalis.
This is the second event of SPAC and Double H Ranch’s partnership, who joined forces this year to bring the performing arts to Double H campers, children facing life-threatening illnesses. The program began in July with an event featuring the National Dance Institute.
“Bringing jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and musicians from JLCO to children who don’t have the opportunity to experience music and dance is part of our expanded mission to increase accessibility to inspiring, world-class performances,” President and CEO of SPAC, Elizabeth Sobol, explained in a statement. SPAC’s various educational programming brought music and dance to more than 38,000 students last year.
“The Double H Ranch takes great pride in providing our campers with life-changing experiences,” said CEO of Double H Ranch Max Yurenda in a statement. “Our partnership with SPAC is giving our campers a unique opportunity to interact with world renowned artists that will have a lasting impact on their lives.”
Want to see Marsalis perform? On Thursday, August 15, the general public can see Marsalis and JLCO play at SPAC. They’ll perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra during Marsalis Swing Symphony.