The Jazz Drama Program
The Jazz Drama Program (JDP) is a New York City based 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2003 by jazz musician Eli Yamin and teacher Clifford Carlson to get young people involved in and excited about jazz. By commissioning new jazz musicals, recording CD's and distributing scores and scripts and offering professional development for teachers and workshops for students, The Jazz Drama Program is building new audiences and stakeholders in the jazz arts through the mediums of storytelling, music, theatre, dance and visual arts. To date, Jazz Drama Program musicals have seen over 80 performances in fourteen states and four countries literally involving thousands of young people and their families in sustained exposure and involvement in the jazz arts.
The Jazz Drama Program conducts intensive workshops locally for highly motivated kids to immerse themselves in the language of jazz music, theatre and dance. The workshops include training in Somatic Voicework, the Lovetri Method for healthy and expressive singing. Select partcipants from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds from the New York Metropolitan area are invited to join Zah! The JDP Youth Ensemble. Zah! performs locally and records at a top professional recording studio.