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"Jazz enables us to understand and enjoy the individuality of
each person. It encourages us to listen to one another with empathy.
Jazz music teaches the respect, patience, and attentiveness required to
participate in today's worldwide conversation."
-Wynton Marsalis, World Renown Jazz Musician

Programs | Yazzy (Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert) | Saturday Development Academy | Yazzy Summer Morning Mix | Yazzy Workshops | Artist-in-Residency

14th annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert
"YAZZY Salutes Duke Ellington"

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As we celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation Month, join the students and faculty of Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA) as we present our 14th annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert on Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:00 pm, at The Riverview Theatre, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, in downtown Shreveport. This year's theme is "YAZZY Salutes Duke Ellington" Our special guest artists are The Leon Anderson Sextet. Leon Anderson, Jazz Percussionist, is a native of Shreveport who now resides in Tallahassee, FL as Director of Jazz Studies at Florida State University. Accompanying Mr. Anderson are Melvin Jones, Mace Hibbard, Kevin Smith, Brenden Polk, and Waldron Dunkley, all former students of Mr. Anderson at FSU.

The Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert is designed to highlight local talented youth in collaboration with national renowned professional artists. This year we are paying tribute to Edward Kennedy Ellington, better known as "The Duke". Duke Ellington is considered to be the most important figure in the evolution of big band music. He propelled jazz music into its rightful place as one of America's national treasure. His compositions are still some of the most performed and beloved jazz standards of all time.

This year's show proves to be one of the most challenging shows we have ever done. The songs are from a period of musical development from 1929 – 1974. Songs like "Jump for Joy" which tells of the freedom blacks had begun to enjoy to "In a Sentimental Mood" to "Caravan" and "The A- Train". These songs tell stories of "The Duke" throughout his life. Our job now is to capture the moods, attitudes, dances, attire, and sounds of that happy and exciting period of our history and culture.

Adult tickets (18 & up) are $20.00. Group tickets (20 adults or more) are $15.00 each. Children/Youth (17 & under) tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased (cash or checks only) at Theatre of the Performing Arts' office, 4005 Lakeshore Drive, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, or on the day of the show at The Riverview Theatre. For more information, contact 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914 or by email at