The Gabriel Foundation is non-profit operating under Jazz Advocate’s 501c3 and dedicated in supporting “Youth in Jazz” in our area.
Back in September of 2011, I was talking to a lady who lived in my apartment building and she was telling me about her eleven year-old grandson who played alto saxophone in an event with a group from the Stivers School for the Arts jazz orchestra. Of course she said he is very good and hoping to get into Stivers next year at age twelve. She told me he was renting his horn through the school and needed his own saxophone and the family didn’t have the money to buy one.
Since then Jazz Advocate started the Gabriel Foundation and partnered with WDPS-FM 89.5, the DABICO Artist Factory and Jazz Central. We held a number of concerts to generate funds to obtain and/or refurbish musical instruments for deserving local youth who otherwise could not afford one. On Sunday, October 23, 2011 the Gabriel Foundation presented young Cade Stevenson an alto saxophone. Turns out he later auditioned at Stivers and called me with the good news that he had been accepted into Stivers School of the Arts.
Presently the Gabriel Foundation is working with Dayton area High Schools to produce a series of “High School Jazz Night” events at Jazz Central, who is donating the use of their club to us. This is a slight change of direction for the Gabriel Foundation and will be an addition to the obtaining musical instruments for youth in our area. The high school jazz nights will not only contribute to keeping jazz alive in our area but more importantly it will give our jazz students a chance to perform in an authentic jazz club in front of a live jazz audience, which is an educational experience they will not get in the classroom or a traditional school concert setting. In addition the event income goes to the school’s music program.
On Friday, June 14, 2013 the Gabriel Foundation held a benefit concert for Stivers student David Jenkins, which was billed as the first “High School Jazz Night” at Jazz Central. We have several schools on board and will be offering the Odyssey Combo (students from Centerville and Alter), on Friday, August 16th. I have a list of prospective high school jazz band directors to contact but we are at the point where we need to generate some funds for operation and advertising for the series to insure the productions. If you’re a true jazz fan, you realize the “Youth in Jazz” is our future and if you’re so inclined to help us you can make a donation of any amount at: http://www.jazzadvocate.com/Member%20Page/
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Today Wednesday, August 14 – The Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati presents Noah Wotherspoon followed by their long running Blue Wisp Big Band.
Thursday August 15 – The Generations Big Band isat Jazz Central and the Hal Harris Orchestra is at Riverscape MetroPark both in Dayton.
Friday August 16 – The Gabriel Foundation presents a benefit concert for “Youth in Jazz” featuring the Odyssey Combo at Jazz Central and Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers is at Jay’s Seafood both in Dayton.
Saturday August 17 – The music director from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Scott Belck brings a quintet featuring Phil DeGreg to Jazz Central in Dayton.
Sunday August 18 – There is a new Sunday Night Jam w/ Deron Bell at the top of the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Jazz Central Jam continues both in Dayton.
Monday August 19 – The John Taylor Trio is at Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club in Columbus.
Tuesday August 20 – Cincy Blues Society – Bluesday Tuesdays is at Arnold’s Bar & Grill in Cincinnati and the Part St. Tavern Jazz Jam continues in Columbus.
Wednesday August 21 – The Eleven piece Different Hats Band is at The Dayton Event Connection in Dayton and John LaIacona is at Eddie Merlot’s in Cincinnati.
Thursday August 22 – Grammy Nominated Gregory Porter in Partnership with Learning Through the Arts & Crown Jewels of Jazzis at Eden Park, Seasongood Pavilion in Cincinnati.
Friday August 23 – The Shawn Stanley Trio plays every Friday at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville and there’s a Friday Night Jazz Show at the Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant in Cincinnati.
Saturday August 24 – James & Moore will be at the C’est Tout Bistro in Oakwood and The RL Big Band is at Legends in Cincinnati.
Sunday August 25 – The Jazz Jam Session with Kenny Baccus and John Hampton Wagner is at Jazz Central in Dayton and Phil DeGreg Trio is at Dee Felice in Covington, KY.
Monday August 26 – Mark Flugge, Derek Dicenzo & Jimmy Castoe is at Due Amici in Columbus.
Tuesday August 27 – Jazz Cab is at The Greenwich in Cincinnati and Tony Monaco is at the Rumba Café in Columbus.
More info and jazz listings can be found atJazzAdvocate.com