Mary Morton Parsons Jazz Masters
The Mary Morton Parsons Jazz Masters are a group
of jazz musicians who are adjunct faculty in Jazz Studies at VCU.
As the Jazz Masters they provide jazz instruction and appreciation
for elementary, middle and high school students throughout Richmond
and beyond. The mission of the Jazz Masters is to acquaint children
with jazz. They present solo and group sessions as requested by
schools: workshops, concerts, master classes and one-on-one instruction.
These activities are funded by a permanent endowment that was donated
by patrons of jazz through a challenge grant from The Mary Morton
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Hear and see VCU Jazz faculty members Skip Gailes (sax), Rex Richardson (trumpet), Antonio García (trombone), Bob Hallahan (piano), Mike Ess (guitar), Tony Martucci (drums), and VCU Jazz alumnus Rusty Farmer (bass) perform several tunes at http://www.vcutvhd.vcu.edu/shows/local/lindsay2.html.
Start approximately 25 minutes into the clip for about a half hour.
Skip Gailes (seated, far left) observes as the Jazz Masters rhythm section discusses styles with high school students.
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If you are interested in bringing the VCU Jazz masters to your community, please contact Prof. Bob Hallahan or Prof. Skip Gailes.
Students from the host high school jam on "Birks' Works" with the VCU Jazz Masters faculty. Click image to enlarge.