UNCW’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Residency features Workshops and Performances for Families and Youth

Alvin Atkinson, jazz language and rhythm coach for Jazz at Lincoln Center's prestigious Middle School Jazz Academy, is a former faculty member of UNCW's music department. He has toured the world as part of special initiatives for JALC, the Kennedy Center and the U.S. State Department.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Office of Cultural Arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington presents a weeklong educational residency featuring the acclaimed musicians and teaching artists of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), a national leader in jazz and jazz education. The residency, which takes place Feb. 20-25, 2012, will include workshops and free performances for students and will culminate Saturday, Feb. 25 with a Family Concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Residency Quartet with drummer Alvin Atkinson.

Under the artistic direction of Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center's education programs reach more than 50,000 participants through direct instruction and another 30,000 indirectly through its curricula and print music library. In a relatively short time, the organization has become the preeminent home for preserving and promoting jazz in America. In advance of Wynton Marsalis' highly anticipated and sold out return to Kenan Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 28, JALC's Alvin Atkinson and his residency quartet will conduct master classes for UNCW students; daily clinics for band students at Myrtle Grove Middle School and New Hanover High School; and a professional development workshop for regional band teachers. Atkinson, currently the jazz language and rhythm coach for JALC's prestigious Middle School Jazz Academy, is a former faculty member of UNCW's music department and has toured throughout the world as part of special initiatives for JALC, the Kennedy Center and the U.S. State Department.

The week culminates at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 in UNCW's Kenan Auditorium with a Family Concert featuring a program that Atkinson created for the Jazz for Young People Series at JALC. "Discovering the Groove in Jazz and You is an entertaining and engaging performance designed to introduce families and young audiences to the world of jazz. The program explores the many infectious rhythms and grooves in jazz music from swing to boogaloo to Afro-Cuban.

Tickets for the Family Concert on Feb. 25 are $8 for adults and free for students and youth. For tickets and information call or visit the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m. 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643 or visit uncw.edu/arts/.

UNCW's Office of Cultural Arts
The Office of Cultural Arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington was created in July 2005 in order to (1) strengthen the university's mission to deepen and enrich the learning experience of its students; (2) build creative and effective partnerships between UNCW and local, state and national organizations; and (3) develop opportunities for UNCW to play a leadership role in enhancing the growth of the arts within the region.

The office has forged strategic and meaningful relationships with partners such as New Hanover County Schools, the N.C. Arts Council, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The major programs and initiatives of the Office of Cultural Arts include the UNCW Masters Series, Artist in Residence Program and ARTworks, an educational outreach initiative.

Media contact:
Courtney Reilly, UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, 910.962.2082 or reillyce@uncw.edu