Caryn Feder, New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Rockin’ Jazz Band director, enthusiastically invites area musicians to join this intergenerational ensemble for its fall 2015 session, which meets from September until December. She has often extolled the relevancy of jazz music in society and shares her passion with the hope of inspiring others to appreciate this important genre of music in American culture.
The ensemble meets on Saturdays, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, at the NJWA Music Studio. Membership is open to those who play alto, tenor or bari saxophone, trumpet, trombone, electric or bass guitar, drum set, percussion and piano. The repertoire includes a wide variety of musical styles such as Jazz, Rock, Pop, Broadway, Blues, Latin and Dixieland music. Some experience in jazz band playing is preferred, such as membership in a school band or in a community group. Vocalists are also welcome.
A graduate of the College of New Jersey with a BA in Music Education and of Five Towns College with an MA in Music Performance, Feder is also a certified music teacher in both New York and New Jersey. She has played professionally in many venues, has given drum clinics, judged various competitions and recently completed a book on Buddy Rich: A Look at His Life and Technique.
The Rockin’ Jazz Band, one of the various ensembles of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, a 501 © 3 organization founded in 1972, is available to play at community events, private parties and special occasions. They are scheduled to play at Westfield’s Festifall on September 27 and will be doing a special holiday jazz show at a local venue.
For more information about the group, or any program of the NJWA, visit their studios at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield, phone 908-789-9696, log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.