On October 29th, Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, in conjunction with the Preservation Hall Foundation, CenterStage’s BrightLights Education and Modlin Center for the Arts, conducted a masterclass and lecture series for students in Richmond, VA. The event focused on the history of New Orleans Jazz and the civil rights movement. During the class, Ben and Charlie invited students to come up and learn improvisational techniques and ended the class with a small performance.
After the masterclass, Ben Jaffe stated: “When you walk into a these new environments meeting young people for the first time you never know what your are going to encounter. Working with the students in Richmond reminded me of the power of music and what I get to do everyday. Those students really knocked my socks off in terms of understanding and appreciating Charlie and me as well. The level of their musical skills was incredibly impressive for students that age.”
Take a look at some of the photos take by Shannon Hooker of the Modlin Center for the Arts: