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Satchmo Middle School Readies Jazz Ark Tale

The music and theater departments of East Elmhurst, N.Y.’s Louis Armstrong Middle School, in partnership with the Jazz Drama Program, are preparing their seventh original jazz musical, Nora’s Ark, written by jazz composer Eli Yamin and playwright Clifford Carlson. School students will star in the musical, which will run from April 28 to May 1.

Louis Armstrong Middle School has been producing original musical theater every year since 1998, when it was featured on NPR’s JazzSet with Branford Marsalis (JazzSet is now hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater). Last year Carlson teamed with Yamin, an alumnus of the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, to produce Holding the Torch for Liberty, a musical about women’s suffrage.

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