Celebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent York
- $20 General Admission
- $10 Student
- Vincent York, bandleader
- John Douglas, trumpet
- Edward Gooch, trumpet
- Mark Berger, baritone saxophone
- Marion Hayden, bass
- Glenn Tucker, piano
- Sean Dobbins, drums
Join Vincent York, founder of the popular Jazzistry live music education program, for this year’s International Jazz Day performance. This will be an evening of musical reminiscence of his early career touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington.
In November 2011 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), proclaimed April 30th to be celebrated as “International Jazz Day.” Jazz music that originated in America will be celebrated around the world as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue, and enhanced cooperation among people.
In 1994 Vincent York developed the interactive educational program that became known as Vincent York’s Jazzistry. This local nonprofit takes students on a musical tour that transverses time and space, turning school auditoriums into musical time machines. The program literally swings through an unforgettable history lesson connecting all of us to our shared American heritage.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at KCH and our generous sponsor WEMU 89.1.
First and foremost, Vincent York is a jazz musician. He attended Southern University at Baton Rogue, becoming the first jazz studies major under clarinetist Alvin Batiste. After graduate study in classical saxophone at the University of Michigan, he toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington before forming his own band, the Force (now known as Vincent York’s new York Force), in 1977. York has recorded or played with noteworthy jazz artists such as Louis Smith, Marcus Belgrave, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway and Motown names such as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and Martha Reeves.
In his position as artistic director of Jazzistry, Vincent’s roles include composer, bandleader, educator, and advocate for the arts. Vincent believes every American can be proud of jazz. He says, “it embodies our most admired cultural characteristics: self expression, spontaneity, boldness, and invention!”