The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education works to inspire, support, and educate the next generation of both jazz listeners and jazz performers. Founded in 1997, DFJE has programs in four areas.
Each school year a new Dakota Combo is chosen through open auditions. DFJE provides scholarships for the Combo to study and rehearse with bassist Adam Linz, at the MacPhail Center for Music. The Combo performs at a number of public events during the year, and also spends a day visiting and performing at metro-area schools. This past year’s Combo was invited to the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Graduates of the Dakota Combo are often accepted into prestigious music schools, and a number have gone on to careers as jazz artists.
Jazz Artists in the Schools helps student musicians improve their skills by bringing accomplished jazz artists into middle schools and high schools, often helping them prepare for performances. We also conduct free, metro-wide workshops on topics like improvisation and for particular instruments.
The Youth Stage at The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is sponsored by DFJE, and presents six different student bands during the course of a day. The bands, which range from small combos to big bands, provides up to 100 students with an opportunity for a public performance.
Scholarships for Summer Jazz Camps. Each year DFJE awards scholarships to up to six different summer jazz camps to support students chosen by each organization.
DFJE works in partnership with schools and other organizations, with support provided by jazz fans and those who appreciate the power of music in the lives of students.
The consummate storyteller, pianist/composer Lynne Arriale immediately connects with her audience through emotionally-charged performances. Her compelling compositions, refreshing melodies and reinterpretations of pop and rock classics not only bring accolades from critics but help create new audiences previously unfamiliar with jazz. “She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her”(Jazz Times). With a style that is deceptively accessible and intimate, Lynne’s music emanates a complexity created not by multiple layers of notes, but by multiple layers of emotion.
“A powerful pianist… her playing generates memorable jazz no matter the source material.” – Jazz Times
“The poet laureate of her generation… a stunning composer and prolific recording artist who has followed her muse without compromise.” - Andrea Canter, Jazz Police
“Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day” -New York Times
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