Jazz Jubilee at the Arts Garage

Press release:

Creative City Collaborative joins forces with Jazzonian to provide jazz entertainment and educational programming throughout April.

Delray Beach, FL – In recognition of National Jazz Appreciation Month (April), Delray Beach’s Creative City Collaborative (The Collaborative), and Jazzonian, a jazz heritage museum initiative, have united to provide programming and entertainment to celebrate the heritage and history of jazz.

On Saturday, April 2nd, the month-long series of events kickoff with an opening ceremony hosted by Ed Bell, producer and host of South Florida Arts Beat on WLRN, featuring the Jazzonian exhibit and collection of jazz memorabilia, a jazz documentary, and live performancesby renowned South Florida musicians including the Melton Mustafa Quartet. The event will be held at the Arts Garage (180 NE First Street, Delray Beach 33444), starting at 8 PM. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 and can be purchased at www.jazzjubilee.eventbrite.com. All proceeds benefit the future Jazz programming by The Collaborative and Jazzonian.

“The Collaborative is proud and excited to be working with Jazzonian,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of The Collaborative. “Our vision for Delray Beach is to become an international destination for high quality live Jazz. The Arts Garage is the perfect venue to create an intimate and personal jazz experience, and Jazzonian is an ideal partner to embark on this exciting journey.”

The Arts Garage is a multi-disciplinary cultural hub for visual artists, musicians, performers, film presenters and arts educators. The mission of the Arts Garage is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and to present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions. Jazz Jubilee at The Arts Garage is intended to reveal the venue as the incoming home of jazz in South Florida.

Throughout Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazzonian will present numerous community outreach programs. For children, musical workshops are scheduled every Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday evenings during the month of April jazz films will be shown for the purpose of education; one of which will be Jazz a film by Ken Burns. This will be available for adults to view and discuss afterward. We will take a serious look at this unique American art form and the individuals prominent in jazz. There will be no charge the viewing it’s totally free.

“We are delighted to forge a win-win cultural arts partnership with the Creative City Collaborative,” said Bobby Ramirez, Founder and President of Jazzonian. “Jazzonian is a one-of-a-kind interactive multimedia experience that will benefit the Delray Beach community as well as surrounding areas, with the goal of helping to make South Florida a world class destination for live Jazz.”

For more information about Jazz Jubilee as it is updated, go to: www.facebook.com/DelrayArtsGarage.

About the partners:

Creative City Collaborative is a nonprofit organization created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a creative, authentic, and intimate City, is tasked with implementing the City’s cultural plan, adopted by the City Commission in 2006 and CRA Plan’s Arts Based Economic Development Program. Major funding for the Creative City Collaborative is provided by the Delray Beach CRA:

The Delray Beach CRA is local government agency that works to eliminate blighted conditions, foster redevelopment, and promote economic growth within downtown Delray Beach and much of the surrounding older residential and commercial areas.

For more information, visit the CRA website at www.delraycra.org or contact the CRA office at (561) 276-8640. For more information about Creative City Collaborative, contact: Calisha Oglesby, Marketing & Development; 561-243-7129 or visit www.delraybeacharts.org

Jazzonian is a non-profit educational cultural arts museum initiative founded in 2009 by musician/philanthropist Bobby Ramirez. The mission of Jazzonian is to celebrate Jazz heritage, collect, document, preserve and present the rich Jazz traditions from its origins to modern-day variations through a permanent museum, virtual online and traveling art/photo/film and artifacts exhibitions, historical archives, recordings, literature, audio/visual experiences, interactive cultural education programs, live musical performances and special events for children and adults.

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