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Aretha's Jazz Jam

Aretha's Jazz Cafe

Every Sun. 7-10pm


At Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, I am the Director of Education. Some of the initiatives that my team and I have created and currently foster are:


DPS Marygrove (pictured) where we created a curriculum to teach jazz to its students. We currently teach ensembles, theory class, and private instruction.


Vocal Jazz Academy- A Music Hall instructor works in tandem with DPS choir teacher to instruct talented vocalists jazz and improvisation to small groups. We have worked with over 15 DPS schools over the past 10 years.


Aretha's Jazz Jam- We created an education-themed jam session on Sundays where students can receive mentorship and guidance in various aspects of playing or singing in a jam session. This jam has been running to help the entire community in weekly sessions at Aretha's Jazz Cafe since 2016.


In the Tradition- A shared mentorship experience between the 17 piece Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra and SE Michigan high school and middle school big bands, this twice a month concert/education series allows students to hear and talk to members of a professional big band.