Jazz Flash Mob at Union Station to Celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30

Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2014) – On International Jazz Day April 30th, a group of student and professional musicians will unite to perform in a jazz flash mob at Metro's Union Station in Downtown LA. Organized and hosted by the Jazz Education Network (JEN), Make Music Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Unified School District's Beyond the Bell Branch, the flash mob will consist of a spontaneous performance of a popular jazz song for Metro patrons around 5:30 pm.

Students and local professional performers will be joined by popular artists such as Ndugu Chancler, Edwin Livingston, and others.

"We are engaging the LA community by bringing live jazz to people's daily routines, to show that live music can and should be accessible to anybody," said LeRoy Downs, President of Make Music LA.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which dedicates the month of April to drawing public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage. Events are celebrated across the globe in local communities and schools. 

"Jazz has such a rich history on the West Coast and we hope this flash mob will draw a larger awareness to what is happening in the world of jazz," said Tony White, Music and Entertainment Education Coordinator at LAUSD.

All three hosting organizations share a common mission of increasing awareness of music performance and education.

"This event will help promote performance opportunities for musicians plus develop new audiences for jazz on this internationally-recognized day," said Marina Terteryan, Marketing/Communications Coordinator at JEN. "We are especially excited to be hosting it at the beautiful Union Station."

The flash mob will serve as a precursor to Make Music LA's annual Day of Making Music on June 21, 2014, and the Jazz Education Network's annual jazz conference on January 7-11, 2015 in San Diego, California.

The performance will be filmed and posted online and all festivities can be followed through the hashtag #jazzmob. Registration is required for all musician participants. To learn more, visit JazzEdNet.org/jazzmob.

ABOUT JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK:

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a global non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States of America that seeks to advance jazz education, promote performance and develop new audiences. JEN was founded in 2008 and now has over 1,500 members in 23 countries, every USA state and 7 Canadian provinces. It hosts a popular annual conference in different locations throughout the country and its 6th annual conference will be held in San Diego, CA on January 7-11, 2015.

ABOUT BEYOND THE BELL BRANCH, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT EDUCATION:

The mission of the Beyond the Bell Branch is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe, and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day (before and after school and Saturdays).

ABOUT MAKE MUSIC LOS ANGELES:

Make Music Los Angeles (MMLA) is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Make Music Los Angeles engages all communities of Los Angeles on June 21st in an annual cross-cultural celebration of the power of music and art to enrich lives through education and musical performances in neighborhoods across the county.

PRESS CONTACT

Marina Terteryan, Marketing/Communications Coordinator, Jazz Education Network
(818) 517-5028,
musicatthemarina@gmail.com

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