|Christian McBride at a Jazz House Kids workshop
Photo credit: Richard Conde / Jazz House Kids
Tomorrow’s Warriors have announced a new partnership. Describing the first phase of it, they state:
“Four young people from the Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme have been awarded scholarships to participate in the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey from 1-12 August. The workshop culminates with student performances at the town’s largest single-day cultural event, the Montclair Jazz Festival on Saturday, 13 August, produced by Jazz House Kids, which attracts 8,000+ people across the region and reaches 11 countries through global live stream. The Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop students will perform on the same stage as headliners Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, George Coleman and others.”
There are similarities in organisational structure: Tomorrow’s Warriors was co-founded by Gary Crosby OBE and his partner Janine Irons MBE; Jazz House Kids has at its core a husband-and-wife team, Melissa Walker and ….bassist Christian McBride.
The Tomorrow’s Warriors participants who are off to New Jersey this year are three students:
– Joe Bristow
– Ife Ogunjobi
– TW music leader Cherise Coryna is also going.