FirstWorks Arts Learning students strut their stuff
Providence International Arts Festival
June 13, 4:00 PM – FirstWorks Plaza Stage
Public school students from Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket and Warwick will play the show of a lifetime when they showcase their jazz steps and chops alongside the musicians of Jazz At Lincoln Center.
JALC is the most celebrated jazz program in the country, bringing together the finest musicians working today under the direction of legendary trumpeter/bandleader Wynton Marsalis. Now in their fourth year of an innovative educational partnership with FirstWorks, they will put together a Rising Stars showcase with student dancers and musicians on the Kennedy Plaza Main Stage. Eight elementary school students from Central Falls’ Learning Community, under the tutelage of Providence’s own Kristen Minsky from Chifferobe, will tap and strut with the musical backing of Jazz At Lincoln Center, including band leader Sammy Miller on drums, Justin Poindexter on guitar, Dave Baron on bass and Camille Thurman on saxophone. The jazz jam will also include music students from the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts in Providence led by Avi David; the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Pawtucket led by Scott Beauregard; and Tollgate High School in Warwick led by “Tollgate’s lead trumpet player and school composer,” student Nathan Cornell. Dancer Miki Michelle will also accompany the band, illustrating the sounds and intent of the music through movement.