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Newark Museum Presents Master Classes

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The Newark Museum and WBGO-Jazz 88 will offer free master classes for aspiring jazz musicians, age 13 and older, on June 19 with saxophonist David Murray and July 17 with percussionist Bobby Sanabria, following their performances at The Museum’s Jazz in the Garden Summer Concert Series performances. The free classes are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Now in its 43rd year, the highly popular Jazz in the Garden summer concerts in the Museum’s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, are presented weekly, on Thursdays, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., beginning June 19 through August 7.

According to Sheila Anderson, producer of The Newark Museum’s Jazz in the Garden Summer Concert series, and author of two jazz-related books, the hourlong masters classes will provide students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with the artists. During the sessions, the featured musicians will demonstrate aspects of their jazz expertise, share career tips and engage in a Q&A.. “This is an extraordinary opportunity that will give up-and-coming musicians the chance to get real-life direction that they wouldn’t get from just studying music,” Anderson said.

Jazz saxophonist David Murray will conduct the first Master Class on June 19. Though most associated with “free Jazz,” Murray is very much steeped in “The Blues.” Born in Oakland, California, and raised in Berkeley, Murray moved to New York in 1975 where he worked with Cecil Taylor and Dewey Redman. One year later he, along with Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluitt and Julius Hemphill set up the mythic group, “World Saxophone Quartet.” Since that time he has formed other groups, including “Black Saint Quartet.” Due to the past success of that Quartet Murray decided to revive that group with a new approach. In addition to winning a Grammy, he has won and been nominated for several other awards.

Percussionist- drummer and 2008 Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria will conduct the second class on July 17. Born in Fort Apache, The Bronx, this drummer-percussionist-composer- arranger-recording artist, and educator – has performed with a veritable Who’s Who in the world of jazz and Latin music.

Inspired and encouraged by Maestro Tito Puente, another fellow New York-born Puerto Rican, Bobby attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music from 1975 to 1979, where he obtained a bachelor of music degree. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill, Henry Threadgill, and Mario Bauza, as well as with his own critically-acclaimed ensemble, Ascension. Sanabria’s albums have been hailed by both the jazz and Latin music cognoscenti as masterpieces. --

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