(Montclair, NJ—April 5, 2016) High Tech High School Music & Audio Tech students took the stage for this year’s Chica Power Jazz Night, a five-week, free workshop at Trumpets Jazz Club, which focuses on empowering young women in musical performances, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
Three High Tech freshmen music majors and North Bergen residents, Daniela Garcia-Escobar, an alto sax player, Brenda Gutierrez, who plays tenor sax, and Sarah DeCaro, a drummer, performed at Chica Power Jazz Night, the first time any of them had done so. This annual event at Trumpets, sponsored by Jazz House Kids, provides girls 19 and younger the opportunity to learn about jazz performance and play in an ensemble, even with little or no prior experience.
Girls like Garcia-Escobar, Gutierrez, and DeCaro only have to play an instrument. At the conclusion of the workshop, they actually perform before a live audience.
Jazz House Kids, the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz, ensures that every child has access to music, education, mentoring, and apprenticeships. Founded by vocalist Melissa Walker, wife of Grammy award-winning bassist—and Artistic Director—Christian McBride, Jazz House offers students musical education, sponsors various year-round activities, and provides scholarship opportunities.