Jazz House Kids

Community Resource Category: Education

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    Hailed by JazzTimes as “one of the most successful and respected jazz education programs in the country,” the NEA grant recipient, and award winning JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has inspired more than 45,000 young musicians since its launch and touched a growing, annual audience of 25,000.  But the most important thing to Melissa is that the program be available to all and offer a safe and nurturing home for it’s students, staff and supporters.  Growing up in a mixed race home during the civil rights era, Melissa struggled to overcome prejudice and ostracism.  “My mom was practically disowned by her family for marrying a black man.”  There was bullying and name calling. “The city was not a welcoming place for us, but my parents stressed the importance of treating people fairly and equally.  But also, that we had to stand up for each other.”

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