Had a wonderful time at Centrum this summer and just wanted to share my pictures. I’ll have to come back later and tag these. Centrum is great! You should go if you get the opportunity.
By KPLU • APR 28, 2016
(Jazz heads featuring original arrangements by Danny)
PARKER MILES BLOHM / KPLU
Listen Listening…28:33 Future Jazz Head All-Stars | School Of Jazz
Tenor saxophonist Walter Blanding has been a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) since 1998. One of the things that got him there was a great jazz education. Walter attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, followed by more study at the New School of Social Research.
And now Walter Blanding is ‘giving back,’ by providing mentorship to many young musicians, including the four members of The Future Jazz Head All-Stars, who are also in the Mt. Si High School Jazz Orchestra. In addition to excellently performing three songs, Walter and the Jazz Heads talk about the importance of jazz education and joys of mentorship.
Also in these recordings: Max Cannella – Piano, Nate Sharp – Bass, Greg Williamson – Drums, Leslie Kolke – Trumpet, Hayden KajerCline – Alto Sax
Walter Blanding and I spent a week together on tour visiting 100’s of students across the Pacific Northwest. I managed to grab this gem of a talk answering the question, “why is it important to play music?”
Click here to watch on youtube…
We had the honor of hosting Walter Blanding for a series of clinics and performances with JazzClubsNW. At our first clinic, the teacher asked Walter to just play something, and here is what happened…