Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is one of America’s first educational jazz festivals and has grown into the region’s premier center for jazz education. The College is committed to presenting students of all ages with a wealth of opportunities to learn from world-class artists through year-round opportunities with the JazzFest Academy program, master classes and workshops, and the Tri-C DownBeat Education Days in the spring. These programs are designed to work with students and provide the community with opportunities in appreciation for the jazz art form, as well as quality training for the next generation of jazz musicians and enthusiasts.
On May 16, the Tri-C JazzFest Academy’s Spirit of the Groove ensemble made its New York debut at Dizzy’s (Jazz at Lincoln Center). Students included Ava Preston (vocals), Liam Speaks (piano), Eli Leder (bass), Oscar LaCombe (bass), Ted Clouser (guitar), Drew Hoschar (drums), Rohit Kashyap (bass), Nehemiah Baker (drums), Henry Peyrebrune (bass) and Thomas Schinabeck (saxophone). Under the direction of Dominick Farinacci, the students trained rigorously for the two sold-out performances.