How did Jazz at Lincoln Center students end up in a JLO video? Todd Stoll, our VP of Education, gives us the inside story:
“The opportunity arose due to a relationship between a staff member @ Dizzy’s and a representative of Jennifer Lopez’s. The request came in four days before the shoot to gather a group of young musicians to back JLO on a Bronx rooftop. We called up members of our Middle School Jazz Academy and our Youth Orchestra to participate.
JLO’s team sent us the track on the Thursday after New Year’s Day, and we figured out a quick riff the kids could play over it. Then the day of the event, they had changed the key by a step, so the kids all got a quick lesson in the “fluid nature” of the music business! Of course, they all figured it out.
One of the things that sticks out was JLO’s work ethic. It was a VERY cold day, like single digits. They had heaters for the kids and primarily left them inside most of the time. But she was out there working, take after take after take - a real pro. She was very considerate of the kids’ comfort level, talking to them, making sure they were ok with everything, very down to earth and cool. Which in jazz is how we teach our students: be cool, we’re all in this together, it’ll work out.”
The Middle School Jazz Academy and Youth Orchestra are audition-based programs that are enrichment for students already playing in their school bands. Go to http://academy.jalc.org/ for more information about the programs, including eligibility, curriculum, and auditions.
JLo at The AMAs!
Some gifs from JLo’s smoking Celia Cruz tribute at the AMAs!! Who else, but the Queen?!
JLo at the AMAs!! #jlo #jenniferlopez #americanmusicawards #celiacruz
Queen JLo at work!! Tune into the AMAs on Sunday, November 24 to choose Jennifer’s route to the AMAs and her epic Celia Cruz tribute performance!