In 2003 I co-founded The Jazz Drama Program to support the idea of creating new jazz musicals for kids to perform for their peers. This work brings all the things I love together in one place–jazz, theatre and watching kids grow! The program has had many successes over the years in 64 performances in 4 states and 2 countries including premieres of five original jazz musicals by myself and Clifford Carlson and involving literally thousands of children. We want to keep this going and see it grow but need your help to do so. If you are in the New York area, please consider joining us at our first ever Summer Gala Sunday, June 3 2-5pm at Urban Stages, NYC with special guest Mercedes Ellington, honoree, latin jazz pianist and arts education leader, Dr. William (Willie) Rodriguez, and a presentation of scenes and songs from our new release Holding the Torch for Liberty, about the women’s suffrage movement. We would love to see you. For more information about the CD, stay tuned….