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  • Donny Thompson, M.S., NPA

"Jammin' With JOI" Provides Students with Fun, Relaxed, and Supportive Free Summer Program

Jazz Outreach Initiative's popular free summer program, "Jammin' With JOI," returns on Wednesday May 31, 2023. Students from middle through high school are joined by JOI's professional jazz mentors to study jazz language and play with them and other students from across Southern Nevada in a fun, relaxed, and supportive atmosphere.

Students do not have to register, can come any time, and are welcome to bring friends. They do not have to be members of Jazz Outreach Initiative's other programs and all abilities are welcome. JOI believes jazz is a great unifier, teaching tolerance and patience, work ethic, listening skills, negotiation, and collaboration, and more. So students attending any week can expect to be supported by the instructors and their peers as they develop friendships beyond their home band rooms.

Every student that attends gets to play. Those who have never improvised before learn easy simple solos together with others as they become more confident and comfortable over time. Those with more experience grow by helping others while gaining additional knowledge and skills from our professional jazz musicians and educators. All students learn about jam session etiquette and procedure as well as learning how to navigate chord changes and song form. "Jammin' With JOI" is created and facilitated by JOI V.P. Education & Programming, Gary Cordell.

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