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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

13th annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert

Leon Anderson

Donald Harrison, Jr.

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Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert Flyer
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Join the students and faculty of Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA) as we present our 13th annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert on Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:00 pm, at The Riverview Theatre, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, in downtown Shreveport. This year's theme is "Where Do We Go From Here: The Best is Yet to Come" Our guest artist is Donald Harrison, Jr., jazz saxophonist from New Orleans, LA. Shreveport's own Larry Pierson serves as our Project Coordinator.   
The Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert is designed to highlight local talented youth in collaboration with national renowned professional artists during the month of April, Jazz Appreciation month.  This year's musical tribute focuses on Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport's 40th Anniversary.  Theatre of the Performing Arts has influenced a great number of individuals to continue in the arts.  Over the past 40 years, TPA has also been a part of initializing programs to help our people, brought professional national artists to Shreveport, saluted national artists, and different periods of music emphasizing the importance of the arts in our community.  For that we pay tribute to the Theatre of the Performing Arts and Mrs. Gloria C. Gipson, Founder & Executive Director.
Theatre of the Performing Arts' Yazzy participants continue to develop and surprise our audiences with their growing interpretation of styles taught in instrumental music, drama, vocal ensemble, and dance by our most capable instructors who are dedicated to assuring quality in all of our presentations. The growth we continue to observe is incredible and it is our hope that more students in our communities will embrace the opportunities that we offer. Theatre of the Performing Arts cannot successfully exist without the talented youngsters we have been blessed to work with.  We also salute the parents who have trusted their children in our care and with our organization.
Adult tickets (18 & up) are $20.00.  Group rates are available (20 adults or more) at $15.00 each.  Children/Youth (17 & under) tickets are $10.00.  Tickets can be purchased (cash or checks only) at TPA's office, 4005 Lakeshore Drive, Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 am â€" 5:00 pm, or on the day of the show at The Riverview Theatre.  For more information, contact Theatre of the Performing Arts office at 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914 or by email at
Sponsors include:  The State of Louisiana; The Community Foundation of North Louisiana; The Parish of Caddo; Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation; Caddo Parish School Board; The Black Arts Coalition with funds from the City of Shreveport; Shreveport Regional Arts Council with funds from the City of Shreveport; “Supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the LA State Arts Council.  Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.†; CDBG- Dept. of Community Development; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation; AKA Sorority " Sigma Rho Omega Chapter; Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau; Irma C. Martin; Michael Flentroy " State Farm Companies & Foundation; Katrina R. Thomas- State Farm Companies & Foundation; GIANT Construction, LeMar E. Flukers, President, (through AT&T); SWEPCO; Alpha Media; Cumulus Radio; and South Arts.  Friends of TPA/YAZZY:  Marsha O. Millican, APAC; Dr.  & Mrs. James Harrold, Jr.; and S.A. Doyle & Associates.