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The Bridge Project Jazz Combo 2016 Term 2: Preserving Jazz

The Bridge Project Jazz Combo 2016 Term 2: Preserving Jazz
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Saturday, June 11, 2016



What 8-week Jazz Combo Workshop with Instructor Neil Bacher

Who? Students who are passionate about jazz with two years jazz experience

Where Arts Garage, 180 NE First Street, Delray Beach

When Oct 29- Dec 10, Saturday afternoons from 11:00am - 2pm

How much? 8 week term: $240  

Why? Because you are passionate about jazz.
Seeking new members: bassist, drummer, opportunities for all other instruments.
Scholarships may be available.

This unique jazz combo workshop will enhance jazz skills for Palm Beach County middle and high school jazz musicians. The project was created in partnership with Swing & Jazz Preservation Society, Arts Garage, Palm Beach Band Camps.

Band directors: This opportunity will support the work you do in class; enhance your rhythm section and hone improvisation skills while students work in a small group setting.

Classes are offered on Saturday afternoons from 11am - 2pm at the Arts Garage, 94 E Second Ave, Delray Beach, under the instruction of world renowned jazz guitarist, Neil Bacher. We are seeking dedicated young musicians to join us: Students with two years of experience playing jazz; grade level recommendation: grades 8-12, younger students are welcome if they’ve been playing for at least two years. Must be serious, responsible musicians.

The group may also include community performance opportunities as well as fundraising.

For more information, Call or text Laurie Hansen 561-577-2652 or register HERE.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Palm Beach Band Camps are highly recommended for all music students.  Scholarships available!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Join us! New Term Starts April 16, 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

Join us!

We are seeking students who are dedicated musicians and passionate about jazz, wish to become better musicians. This small, personalized class is a unique opportunity where students will hone jazz improvisation skills, develop musically -- now and over the summer.

Saturdays from 10:45 - 2pm at Arts Garage, Delray Beach
We need a bass player, guitarist, sax player, all other instruments welcome!

Accepting registration for the new term starting April 16 as well as summer sessions.  
For registration or questions, contact Laurie Hansen at 561-577-2652.

*We are excited to announce we have scholarships available*

Friday, March 25, 2016

Arts Garage Supports Jazz Education: The Bridge Project will continue another term!

Thanks to the cooperation of Arts Garage, the Bridge Project will continue another term!  An extra special thanks goes to Alyona Ushe Arts Garage President/CEO;  Mr. John Lariviere, Arts Garage Director of Education & Facilities; the entire Arts Garage staff, and the support of the Arts Garage Guild for making it possible to bring this program to our community.

Bridge Project Students with Instructor Mr. Neil Bacher (center) and Arts Garage Director of Education & Facilities, Mr. John Lariviere (second from right) at the Arts garage Guild Presentation.


Surprise Jam Session with Pro Sax Player, Mr. Cornelius Johnson, Jr.

Every Saturday afternoon, dedicated jazz students come to Arts Garage to play jazz and to learn how to become better jazz musicians. Oftentimes, students cross paths with artists and world-famous musicians and actors. Recently, students were fortunate to meet Ms. Avery Sommers who is Bessie Smith in the Arts Garage recent, sold-out production The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith- A play with Music.

Mr. Cornelius Johnson, Jr, one of the musicians who is performing in the show, heard the students playing Blue Bossa and asked to jam with them.  It was a wonderful surprise for students,  not only  to experience jazz with a professional musician, but to be able to play alongside him on the same stage that has been graced by many famous musicians.  Mr. Johnson enjoyed the jam session so much, he joined in the following week and played Doxy with the students.

Jazz is like that.  It brings people together.  We never know what musical opportunities await us at Arts Garage.

Lucky kids!

The Bridge Project students with Instructor Neil Bacher (second from the left) and Cornelius Johnson, Jr. (third from the right, with his sax) 
For more  information about his work, you can reach Mr. Johnson by emailing or visit jujumusician1's YouTube Channel.

Special Guest: Drummer, Mr. Alan "Allie Abe" Albert

In early March, The Bridge Project performed for the Arts Garage Guild and shared about the program. One particular member of the Arts Garage Guild, Mr. Alan "Allie Abe" Albert, showed a genuine interest in the project and mission. We invited him to visit the class to see what the students were working on.

Mr. Albert, guild member and professional drummer, is a passionate jazz enthusiast and really enjoyed sharing with the students.  He not only sat in with them and provided great feedback and tips, but he also repaired one of the instruments!

Mr. Albert is talented and was very kind and generous to spend time with our students, sharing resources and information about being a great jazz musician.

Times like these are priceless and the students really appreciated the visit. We hope Mr. Albert will return to jam with us again soon!

An impromptu jam session: Playing Satin Doll with Mr. Alan "Allie Abe" Albert.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Seeking members with two years experience playing jazz recommended. Grades 8-12, although younger and college-aged students are welcome if they've been playing an instrument for at least two years. As an exception, students may audition if requirement is not met.
Students will also have the opportunity to further cultivate enthusiasm for the art form across generations through professional, community performances.

Classes meet every Saturday at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach from 10am-1pm with instructor, world-renowned jazz guitarist, Neil Bacher.

The Bridge Project Jazz Combo Classes have begun, but we welcome late registration!

Monday, November 30, 2015

New term starts in January 2016!

The Bridge Project Jazz Combo Workshop
New term starts in January 2016!

Seeking serious jazz students
Instructor Neil Bacher
Every Saturday from 11-2  
Arts Garage, Delray Beach
Tuition: $240 ($10 per hour of instruction)

We will be preparing for a performance at Boca TEDx in February at Mizner Park Amphitheater. We hope you will join us!

Call or text Laurie Hansen for more information: 561-577-2652